April 23, 2013
AMBLER, Pa. - The only inning in the game in which multiple runs were scored was the bottom of the fourth inning, when six runs cost Villanova (10-29) in an 8-4 loss to Temple (15-20) at Skip Wilson Field on Tuesday afternoon. Freshman third baseman Kevin Jewitt (West Chester, Pa.) tied a season high with three hits and junior designated hitter John Cialone (Houston, Texas) was 2-for-2 with two runs batted in for the Wildcats, who had nine hits and also drew four walks and four hit batters.
The game was tied 1-1 going to the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Owls sent 10 men to the plate and scored six times. Matt Elko hit a run-scoring double with one out to give Temple a 2-1 lead but the rally didn't kick into gear until there were runners at the corners with two outs. That was when Michael D'Acunti came to the plate and began a string of four straight hits by Owls batters which led to five runs scoring.
D'Acunti and Elijah Yarborough each had RBI singles, Derek Peterson hit a two-run single and Bobby Heitzman finished the job with a run-scoring double. The combination of Yarborough hitting ninth and Peterson batting in the leadoff spot was a good one for Temple, as the pair combined to go 5-for-8 with three runs scored and four RBI in the game.
Villanova was gradually chipping away at the 7-1 deficit and scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings but an insurance run for the Owls in the bottom of the eighth inning thwarted any further hopes of a late Wildcats rally.
Eight of the nine batters in the Villanova lineup reached base safely via a hit or a walk at least once in the game. After falling behind 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning the Wildcats tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the third when senior left fielder Steve Schrenk (Brigantine, N.J.) reached on a two-base error by the third baseman, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cialone for the second out of the inning.
In the top of the fifth inning senior center fielder Paul Rambaud (Chicago, Ill.) was hit by a pitch leading off the inning and stole second one batter before Cialone singled to center field for his second RBI of the game.
Junior right fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) worked out an eight-pitch walk to start the sixth inning, Jewitt doubled to left field and freshman pinch hitter Adam Goss (Bellaire, Texas) grounded out for an RBI which scored Jones and made the score 7-3. In the eighth inning Jewitt was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Rambaud's double to right field, but 7-4 was as close as Villanova could get.
In addition to the steady stream of base runners the Wildcats also went 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts to help keep the offense flowing. Villanova has stolen 12 bases and been caught just two times over the past nine games. In that span Rambaud (4-for-4), Jones (3-for-3), Schrenk (3-for-3) and Jewitt (2-for-2) are a combined 12-for-12 on the bases.
Sophomore pitcher JB Kole (Basking Ridge, N.J.) made his first start of the season and allowed six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings, while walking one and striking out four. Kole (0-2, 8.31 ERA) left the game with runners at second and third in the bottom of the fourth inning and Temple leading 4-1. Each of the runners he was accountable for scored before junior reliever Matt Meurer (Katy, Texas) put a stop to the Owls big inning. Meurer wound up striking out sixth without a walk in 3 1/3 innings of relief.
Temple used five different pitchers in a committee approach to the game. Zach White (1-2, 6.75 ERA) allowed one run on two hits in two innings to pick up the win.
Next up for the Wildcats is a 3:15 p.m. contest against St. Peter's tomorrow afternoon at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.