STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -
Senior second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth inning to edge the Wagner Seahawks (10-18) 8-4 at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island, N.Y. on Tuesday night. With the field overlooking the beautiful scenic skyline of New York, the Wildcats moved to 8-20 on the season.
The first few innings of play were ordinary in the way both teams scored, but the game settled down soon after. Villanova got the first run in the top of the second inning after Todd Czinege put himself in scoring position. Czinege singled to right field and stole second and then scored after David Rodgers (West Chester, Pa.) reached on an error to score Czinege.
Wagner's Kyle Cala then hit a deep fly ball that bounced over the left field fence to give him a ground-rule double. He was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and then Cala scored on a fielder's choice to tie the game back at one. Wagner took the lead in the bottom of the second. Shortstop Timothy Lilly (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) fielded three balls in a row that were deep in the gap, but could not get the runners out. Anthony Pecora singled to center field to bring in a run to give them a 2-1 lead at the end of the third inning.
The next three innings were scorless for both teams. Southpaw Mike Sgaramella (Florham Park, N.J.) pitched four and two thirds innings for the Wildcats, giving up six hits and striking out one. Three of his innings pitched were scoreless. Freshman Tyler Arella (East Northport, N.Y.) finished the fourth inning and then pitched a full inning after. Arella did not allow a run and also struck out one.
The Wildcats went ahead in the seventh inning after David Gulati (Collegeville, Pa.) started the inning with a single to left field. Tyler Bruno (Breinigsville, Pa.) advanced Gulati on a sacrifice bunt. Donovan May (Newark, Del.) walked and with the bases loaded, Todd Czinege hit a triple to center field to bring in Gulati and May. Czinege's triple gave the Wildcats a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Wagner answered back with two more runs to take the lead again. Freshman Ryan Pfuztenreuter (Deerfield, Ill.) struck out the first batter he faced in the seventh inning and got the following batter to pop up to second. With two outs, the Seahawks singled to center field and then walked to get runners on base. Joe Silvestrone singled and eventually advanced to third with the ball being thrown around to score two runners. Pfutezenreuter struck out the final batter in the seventh.
The eighth inning was scoreless for both teams as junior Ryan Doty (Rye, N.Y.) shut down the Seahawks with a one, two, three inning. With their last at-bats coming up, Todd Czinege was not ready to end the game. Czinege doubled to right field and Doug deMarrais (Bernardsville, N.J.) singled to center field to score Czinege to tie the game.
Doty had another quick three outs to shut down Wagner, which pushed extra innings. Freshman shortshop Timothy Lilly got things going in the top of the tenth inning after he singled up the middle. Villanova had their top of the order coming up, all of which came up with huge hits. David Gulati singled to left field and Donovan May hit a hard line drive at the third baseman who could not control the ball. Senior leader Todd Czinege was up to bat with the bases loaded. Czinege singled to shortstop to score Lilly to put the Wildcats up by one. Doug deMarrais then drew his 16th walk of the season to bring in another Villanova run. Villanova's designated hitter, JP Radvany (Lawrenceville, N.J.) singled to bring in two more runs to extend the lead to 8-4.
Jason Applegate (Columbus, N.J.) pitched the final inning for the Wildcats. The Seahawks grounded out to the infield for a quick three outs. Applegate secured the win for the Wildcats and Ryan Doty earned the win on the mound today. Wagner went through five different pitchers throughout ten innings of play.
Czinege finished the game with four hits and three runs batted in, while Doug deMarrais and JP Radvany each finished with two runs batted in. David Gulati and David Rodgers also had two hits apiece in Villanova's 8-4 victory. Four Wildcats also safely stole bases to move runners into scoring position.
The Wildcats will return to conference action this weekend as they travel to Omaha, Neb. to take on the Creighton Bluejays in a three-game weekend series.