Villanova Offense Explodes as Wildcats Thump Temple
April 22, 2003
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA. - The Villanova baseball team put together quite an offensive display on Tuesday, April 22, at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth, pounding out 15 runs on 15 hits in a 15-2 drubbing of cross-town rival Temple University. Senior centerfielder Chris Graziano had three hits and stole his 100th career base in the victory, while seniors Brian Newbold and Mitch Mitchell each drove in a game-high four runs. The win was the Wildcats' second consecutive and improved their season record to 9-24. The Owls fall to 13-18 on the year with Tuesday's loss.
Villanova got started early, putting three runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Graziano and junior third baseman Danny Poydenis walked to begin the inning, and Newbold followed with a two-run double to give the `Cats a 2-0 lead. Sophomore rightfielder Alan Day added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to extend the margin to 3-0 after one inning.
The Wildcats continued to add to their lead in the third inning, scoring two more times to increase the lead to 5-0. Newbold blooped an RBI double down the right-field line and Mitchell added an RBI single in the inning to account for the Villanova scoring.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Owls broke up Wildcat starter Nick Allen's shutout bid. Temple scored twice in the inning - with the first run coming across on a wild pitch and the second on a sacrifice fly by catcher Mike Brown - to close the gap to 5-2.
Villanova would get those runs back and more. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the middle of the Wildcat batting order struck again. Newbold led the inning off with a double and came around to score one batter later on a double by junior designated hitter Adrian Schau. Mitchell then lined a single up the middle to plate Schau and make it a 7-2 game. The `Cats added one more in the fifth on an RBI single by junior shortstop Brian Trotta to take a commanding 8-2 advantage.
Villanova would put the game out of reach over the course of the next two innings. In the sixth, the `Cats notched their second straight three-run inning. An RBI single by Newbold and a two-run double by Mitchell gave the Wildcats a 12-2 lead. One inning later, Villanova put four more runs on the board to go on to a convincing 15-2 victory. Freshman first baseman Freddie Thon had a three-run double in the seventh for the `Cats, while sophomore Pete Riccio added an RBI groundout.
Allen (3-5) got the win on the mound for the Wildcats, allowing just two runs on five hits in seven innings, striking out one and walking one. Senior Tom Kandybowicz came on to pitch the final two innings of the contest, striking out two.
Taking the loss for Temple was Bryan Stamm (0-2), who allowed three runs on three walks and one hit. Stamm was pulled in the first inning without retiring a batter.
At the plate for Villanova, Newbold went four-for-four with three doubles, four runs scored and four RBI. Mitchell also had four RBI in the game, going three-for-four with a doubles. Graziano was three for-four in the contest with four runs scored and one stolen base. He is now eight-for-nine with five runs scored, four doubles and four RBI in the last two games.
The Wildcats will get back into action on Wednesday, April 23, traveling to Norristown, Pa., to take on the Saint Joseph's University Hawks at 8:10 p.m.