April 24, 2013
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Senior center fielder Paul Rambaud (Chicago, Ill.) doubled home the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh inning and Villanova (11-29) rallied for a 5-2 win over Saint Peter's (13-23) at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Wednesday afternoon. In the victory the Wildcats got strong pitching from sophomore left-hander Jeff Courter (Maple Glen, Pa.) and two relievers while doing plenty at the plate to keep pressure on the Peacocks pitching and defense.
Rambaud was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two runs batted in, including the seventh inning double as well as an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. Each of those hits drove in freshman shortstop Eric Lowe (Arlington Heights, Ill.), who was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Villanova had eight hits and five walks while keeping its running game going with three stolen bases in as many tries.
All five walks drawn by the Wildcats came in the final three innings in which Villanova batted. Junior right fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) drew a one out base on balls in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Wildcats trailing 2-1 at that point. Lowe bunted for a hit for the second time in the game and freshman pinch hitter Luke Emling (Nottingham, Pa.) dunked a single in to right field which tied the score at 2-2. Rambaud doubled down the left field line to give Villanova a 3-2 lead and then senior left fielder Steve Schrenk (Brigantine, N.J.) walked to load the bases.
At that point Saint Peter's starting pitcher Adam Purcilly (1-1, 6.75 ERA) was replaced with a reliever, but freshman pinch runner Derrick May, Jr. (Newark, Del.) scored from third on a wild pitch and Rambaud came home two pitchers later on a balk. By the time the inning was over the Wildcats had sent eight men to the plate and finished turning an early two-run deficit into a the final three-run argin.
Courter allowed two earned runs on seven hits in his second start of the season. He went six innings and walked one while striking out two. Courter allowed a sacrifice fly to Pat Farrell in the top of the second inning and an RBI single by Jon Kristoffersen later in the same inning as the Peacocks grabbed a 2-0 lead.
That was it in terms of scoring for Saint Peter's though. Courter worked around a one-out base runner in the third inning and retired the side in order for the first time in the top of the fourth. In the sixth inning he allowed back-to-back singles after there were two outs and nobody on but freshman Emmanuel Morris (Willowbrook, Ill.) made his first start of the season as the catcher and alertly threw behind William Rawson at first base for a pickoff to end the inning.
Freshman reliever Max Beermann (Tampa, Fla.) pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn his first collegiate win and junior Chris Haggarty (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) got the final six outs for his second save. In addition to the easy inning he put in on the mound, Beermann (1-1, 7.50 ERA) also started the game as the designated hitter and finished as the first baseman.
This weekend the Wildcats host a three-game series against Seton Hall, beginning with a 3:15 p.m. game on Friday afternoon.