Wildcats Rally in Game Two for Sunday Split at Seton Hall
April 25, 2004
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Senior shortstop Brian Trotta knocked in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to help the Villanova baseball team rally from a four-run deficit to defeat the Seton Hall Pirates, 7-4, in game two of a Big East Conference doubleheader on Sunday, April 25th at Owen T. Carroll Field. With the game two victory, the Wildcats rallied to split the Sunday doubleheader after falling in game one by a 20-0 margin. The `Cats are now 23-16-1 overall on the season and 6-11 in the Big East. The Pirates stand at 12-26-1 and 6-11 in conference play after this weekend's action.
Seton Hall right-hander Joey Scott took a perfect game into the sixth inning of game one for the Pirates, until Villanova second baseman Mark Cardillo singled with two outs in the inning to break up Scott's no-hit effort. Despite losing the perfect game and no-hitter, Scott went on to throw a complete game, one-hit shutout. He struck out a career-best 12 batters in the game for Seton Hall.
The Pirates jumped on Wildcat freshman starter Kevin Mulvey in the first inning of game one and never let up. SHU scored five runs on five hits in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 5-0 lead.
Seton Hall would keep up its hot-hitting as the game progressed, scoring six more times in the fourth, seven in the fifth and two runs in the sixth to go on for the 20-0 victory.
Four Pirates registered four-hit games for Seton Hall in the day's first game. Second baseman Anthony Seratelli went four-for-six with three runs and four RBI. Rightfielder Brandon Cohen went four-for-four with a double, three runs and two RBI. Centerfielder Patrick Sullivan went four-for-five with a triple, three runs and two RBI. In addition, Scott - who earned the win on the mound to improve to 2-1 - also did in at the plate going four-for-four with a triple and a game-high five RBI.
Mulvey took the loss on the mound for the Wildcats, giving up eight earned runs in three and one-third innings, striking out five.
Villanova gutted out a tremendous game two come-from-behind victory, rallying from an early 4-0 deficit.
Wildcat right-hander Ted Aust cruised through the first inning in his first career Big East Conference start, but ran into problems in the second inning. Seton Hall got to the Villanova sophomore in the bottom of the second, scoring four times to take the lead at 4-0. The first Pirate run of the contest came on a solo home run to rightfield by first baseman Tim Pahuta. Helped in part by a Wildcat defensive miscue, Seton Hall would add three more times in the inning to increase its advantage to four runs. The big blow in the inning come on a two-run single by third baseman Mike Morano.
Aust settled down after a shaky second inning to blank the Pirates through the two innings - sending the game into the fifth inning with the score still standing at 4-0.
Villanova got on the scoreboard for the first time Sunday in the top of the fifth inning of game two. Catcher Jim Gillin walked to start the inning for the Wildcats, and advanced to second on an infield single by centerfielder Kris Molloy. Later in the inning with runners at second and third, Seton Hall started Tim Sabo threw a wild pitch allowing Gillin to score and trim the Pirate lead to 4-1.
In the top of the sixth inning with the score still 4-1, the Villanova offense continued its rally, scoring twice more to cut the lead to 4-3. Trotta and Molloy had RBI singles in the two-run inning for the Wildcats.
Villanova tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the seventh inning, completing its rally from a four-run margin. Facing Seton Hall reliever Chris Basso, Petracca laid a bunt down the third base line and ended up reaching base on an error. The Wildcats would load the bases after rightfielder Alan Day was hit by a Basso pitch and leftfielder Brian Newbold reached on a bunt single. First baseman Adrian Schau followed Newbold by lofting a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Petracca to tie the game at 4-4.
After Aust threw six strong innings, Wildcat left-hander Mike Ciccotelli came on in relief to begin the seventh. Ciccotelli sailed through the seventh inning, striking out two Pirate hitters, but ran into some trouble in the eigthth. The Villanova senior came through in the clutch, getting out of the eighth by forcing Morano to ground to short with two on and two outs in the inning, keeping the score at 4-4 heading into the ninth.
With two outs in the ninth inning, the Wildcats' got their offense going. Schau dropped a bunt down and legged out a single to kickstart the inning for the `Cats. After a walk to designated hitter Danny Poydenis that moved the go-ahead run into scoring position, Trotta came to the plate and lined an RBI single through the left side to score Schau and give Villanova a 5-4 advantage. The Wildcats added two insurance runs later in the inning on a two-run triple by freshman catcher Andy Wendle, as Villanova took a 7-4 lead in the bottom of the ninth.
Schau came on to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning for the Wildcats, and took care of business. After allowing a leadoff single to pinch hitter Santiago Chi, he struck out the next two batters for the first two outs of the inning. The Pirates had a runner at first and two outs, when Schau got Cohen to fly out to centerfield to end the game and Villanova the 7-4 win.
Ciccotelli picked up the victory on the mound for the Wildcats to improve to 2-0. He threw two shutout innings of relief, striking out three batters. Schau came on in the ninth to pick up his sixth save of the year. Despite not earning a decision, Aust threw well on Sunday, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings, striking out five and walking four.
Seton Hall reliever Buddy Hausmann took the loss for the Pirates to fall to 1-5. He allowed three runs on three hits in two innings of relief.
At the plate for the `Cats, Schau went three-for-four with a double, two runs and one RBI. In addition, Trotta went two-for-five a two RBI, and Wendle went one-for-one with a triple and two RBI.
Next Up for Villanova:
The Wildcats will travel to Temple University to take on the Owls on Wednesday, April 28th, at 3:30 p.m.