April 19, 2003
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA. - In game one of a Big East doubleheader on Saturday, April 19, at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth, the Villanova baseball team was defeated by St. John's by the score of 12-6. The Red Storm broke open what was a 5-4 game in the fourth inning, scoring four in the fifth and three in the seventh to pull away for the six-run victory. The loss was Villanova's tenth straight and dropped their record to 7-24 overall and 2-13 in the Big East. The Red Storm improved to 19-17 overall and 8-5 in conference play with the win.
In the top of the first inning, St. John's recorded four hits and took advantage of two Wildcats errors en route to four unearned runs against Wildcat starter John Yeager. First baseman Eddie Schultz had the big blow in the inning for the Red Storm, knocking a two run single up the middle to give St. John's the 4-0 lead.
Villanova rallied with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. Third baseman Danny Poydenis singled through the left-side with one out and went to second on a single by designated hitter Adrian Schau. One batter later, leftfielder Brian Newbold plated both runners with a double down the right-field line to cut the margin to 4-2.
Trailing 5-2 heading into the bottom of the third inning, the `Cats were able to put one run on the board to trim the lead to 5-3. Centerfielder Chris Graziano walked, went to second on an error, stole third and came around to score on an RBI fielder's choice by Newbold to account for the Villanova run.
The St. John's lead was cut to one run, 5-4, in the bottom of the fourth inning as Poydenis lined an RBI single to left-center field to score catcher Greg Fater for the `Cats.
The Red Storm posted four runs in the top of the fifth, however, to stake claim to a comfortable 9-4 advantage. Catcher Blake Hershelman had a two-run single in the inning, while leftfielder Anthony DeRosa and rightfielder Greg Thomson each added RBI.
St. John's put the game away in the top of the seventh inning. The Red Storm added three more runs, on four hits and a Wildcat error, to break open the game at 12-4.
Villanova would add two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run triple by right-fielder Alan Day but it was too little too late for the `Cats, as the Red Storm took game one by the score of 12-6.
Taking the loss for the Wildcats was Yeager (1-6), who allowed five earned runs on eight hits in four innings, striking out one batter. Mike Tamulionis (2-1) got the win for St. John's pitching three and a third strong innings of relief.
At the plate for Villanova, Day went two-for-three with two triples and two RBI, Newbold went one-for-three with three RB, Poydenis was two-for-four with a run scored and one RBI, and Schau went two-for-three with a run scored.
For the Red Storm at the plate, shortstop Mike Rozema led the way going four-for-five with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI.