Petracca Knocks in Four Runs as Wildcats Beat Temple 10-3
April 28, 2004
AMBLER, PA. - On Wednesday, April 28th, at Temple's Ambler Field, the Villanova baseball team defeated the Temple Owls, 10-3, as the Wildcats got three hits and a game-high four RBI from junior third baseman Angelo Petracca. With the win, Villanova took the season series from the Owls two games to none and improved to 24-16-1 overall on the year. Temple fell to 17-16 with Wednesday's loss.
Villanova scored five runs in the top of the first inning against Temple starter Tim Andrel to take the early 5-0 advantage. The Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs in the inning on a walk, an infield hit and a hit batter. Leftfielder Brian Newbold was then hit by a pitch to force in second baseman second baseman Craig Mirsky with the first run of the game. First baseman Adrian Schau followed with an RBI groundout, scoring Petracca to increase the Villanova lead to 2-0. After an RBI fielder's choice by shortstop by Brian Trotta that made it a 3-0 game, catcher Jim Gillin and centerfielder Darren Griffith added RBI singles to extend the Wildcat lead to 5-0 after half an inning of play.
The Owls rallied with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first to trim the Villanova lead to 5-2. Jason Connor and Pete Colon both had RBI singles in the inning off of Wildcat starter Dan Farino, who was making his first start since March 31st versus La Salle.
Farino settled down after the first inning and pitched a scoreless second and third for the Wildcats. He threw a 1-2-3 third inning and after a one-out double in the fourth retired the final two batters of the inning to end the Temple scoring threat.
In the top of the fourth inning, Villanova added to its lead scoring twice more on a two-run double to left-centerfield by Petracca to take a 7-2 advantage.
Two innings later, in the top of the sixth, the Wildcats added one more run to pad their lead to 8-2. With one out in the inning, Gillin was hit by a pitch to reach base and get things started for the `Cats. Griffith then doubled to right-center putting runners at second and third. With one out in the inning and the bases loaded, Petracca lofted a sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring Gillin to give Villanova an 8-2 lead.
Hard-throwing right-hander Joe McCoy, who came on in relief of Farino to start the fourth inning, tossed three straight scoreless innings to send the game into the bottom of the seventh with the Wildcats leading 8-2.
The only blemish against McCoy came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning when Al Roach hammered a solo home run over the left-field fence to cut the Villanova lead to 8-3.
In the top of the eighth inning, Petracca knocked in his fourth run of the ballgame with an RBI single, plating Gillin who singled to leadoff the inning.
The Wildcats capped off their scoring in the top of the ninth inning when Newbold banged a leadoff home run over the leftfield wall to give Villanova a 10-3 advantage.
Left-hander Jake Wolff came on in the eighth for the `Cats and pitched two scoreless innings of relief to help send the Wildcats home with the 10-3 win.
McCoy (1-1) earned the win on the mound for Villanova, allowing one run on three hits over four innings, striking out three and walking three.
Andreal (1-4) took the loss for Temple, giving up five runs on three hits in one inning, walking one, hitting three batters and striking out one.
A number of Wildcats had good days at the plate for Villanova - Petracca went three-for-four with a double and four RBI; Newbold went two-for-three with a home run and two RBI; Gillin went two-for-two with three runs scored and one RBI. And Griffith went two-for-four with a double and one RBI.
For Temple, Roach went three-for-four with two doubles, a home run and one RBI.
Villanova will get back into action on Friday, April 30th, hosting the University of Pittsburgh for a Big East Conference doubleheader at noon at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The two teams will then wind down their series on Saturday, playing a single game at 3:00 p.m. Saturday's game will begin with "Senior Day" festivities at 2:30 p.m., with Villanova Baseball honoring its six seniors.