April 18, 2004
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA. - The Villanova offense erupted for 12 runs on 13 hits as the Wildcats defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers, 12-3, on Sunday, April 18th at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The win helped the `Cats salvage the three-game series against the Mountaineers, who took two from Villanova (2-1 and 14-4) on Saturday at The Ballpark. With Sunday's win, the Wildcats earned their 20th victory of the season and improved to 20-14-1 overall and 4-9 in Big East Conference play. WVU dropped to 11-21 overall and 3-10 in conference action with the loss.
With two outs in the top of the first inning, West Virginia put together three consecutive singles off of Villanova starter Kevin Mulvey to load the bases. Mountaineer second baseman Kyle Matuszak followed by laying down a suicide squeeze bunt, that trickled down the third base line. Wildcat third baseman Angelo Petracca charged in on the play, bear handed the ball and threw a strike to first base. Matuzsak was called safe on the play, allowing centerfielder Lee Fritz to come in from third to give WVU an early 1-0 lead.
Villanova rallied in the bottom of the first inning with some clutch two-out hitting. Petracca stood on first base with two outs, when leftfielder Brian Newbold singled through the left side advancing Petracca to third base. After a walk by Wildcat first baseman Adrian Schau to load the bases, designated hitter Danny Poydenis singled hard to right field off of WVU starter Chris Amedro plating two Villanova runs to give the `Cats a 2-1 lead. The Wildcats would add one more in the inning as Amedro balked home Schau, giving Villanova the 3-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Wildcats added another run on a bases loaded walk by centerfielder Kris Molloy. The Molloy walk forced in Newbold from third base, increasing the Villanova lead to 4-1.
West Virginia trimmed the Wildcat lead to 4-2 one inning later, as a RBI groundout by rightfielder Stan Posluszny scored leftfielder Jake Serfass with the Mountaineers' second run of the contest.
Villanova broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning, as the Wildcats scored six times off of West Virginia reliever Justin Asbury to pad their lead to 10-2. Schau got the scoring started in the inning with an RBI single to center. An RBI groundout by Poydenis and an RBI single by catcher Kelly Pickel extended the Villanova lead to 7-2. With the `Cats holding an 8-2 advantage later in the inning, Petracca lined a two-out, two-run single to center to score Molloy and Pickel, giving the Wildcats a 10-2 lead after four innings.
After struggling with his control early in the game, Mulvey fought back and held the Mountaineer offense to just two runs through five innings. In the sixth, West Virginia added a run on a leadoff home run by Serfass; but Mulvey struck out two of the final three hitters of the frame to end the inning.
The Wildcats capped off their scoring in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring twice more to go on to the 12-3 victory. Day and Newbold had RBI singles in the inning for Villanova - Newbold's single marking his fourth hit of the day.
Wildcat relievers Mike Grodecki and Adrian Schau combined to shutout the Mountaineers through the final three innings, with Grodecki throwing a scoreless seventh and eighth and Schau pitching a scoreless ninth.
Mulvey earned the win on the mound for Villanova to improve to 3-3. He allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings, walking six but tying a career-high with seven strikeouts.
Amedro (0-4) took the loss for WVU, giving up four runs on three hits in 2.2 innings, walking six and striking out one.
At the plate for the Wildcats, Newbold went four-for-five with three runs scored and one RBI. His four-hit day increased his team-leading batting average to .370. Other offensive standouts for the `Cats on Sunday included Poydenis who went two-for-four with a double and three RBI, Pickel who was two-for-three with two runs scored and an RBI, and Petracca who had a hit and two RBI.
For the Mountaineers, Posluszny went two-for-five with an RBI and Serfass went two-for-five with a home run and one RBI.
Villanova will get back into action on Tuesday, April 20th, playing host to the La Salle Explorers for the Liberty Bell Classic First Round Game at 3:00 p.m., at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.