May 11, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA. - Third baseman Angelo Petracca hit his first home run as a Wildcat and came within a double of hitting for the cycle and starter Mike Loree struck out a career-high nine batters to earn the victory as Villanova posted a decisive 10-2 win over the La Salle Explorers on Tuesday, May 11th, at Hank DeVincent Field. With the win, the Wildcats improved to 26-19-1 overall on the season and took the season series from the Explorers 2-0-1. La Salle fell to 19-24-2 on the year with Tuesday's loss.
Villanova broke open the scoring in the top of the third inning, putting three runs on the board to take a 3-0 advantage. The Wildcats took advantage of two Explorer errors on the same play, as catcher Andy Wendle crossed the plate with the game's first run to give the `Cats a 1-0 lead. With a runner on second and one out, Petracca got a hold of an Eric Ruhland offering and hammered a two-run home run well over the fence in left-centerfield to extend the Villanova lead to 3-0. The home run was the first of Petracca's career.
La Salle trimmed the Wildcat advantage to 3-1, scoring one run off of Loree in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs in the inning, centerfielder Ryan Parfitt tripled to right-centerfield. Parfitt came home one batter later on an RBI single by catcher Rich Prall.
Villanova scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to break open the contest, 5-1. A solo home run by first baseman Adrian Schau accounted for the Wildcat run in the fourth. Centerfielder Kris Molloy had an RBI single in the sixth inning to make it a 5-1 game in favor of Villanova.
After giving up one run in the third inning, Loree took control on the mound for the Wildcats. He blanked La Salle from the fourth through the seventh innings, sending the game into the eighth with the `Cats leading 5-1.
Villanova put the game away in the top of the eighth inning, recording four more runs to increase its lead to 9-1. Designated hitter Danny Poydenis got the scoring started with a two-run single. Schau and right-fielder Frank Cirone had the other RBI in the inning for the Wildcats.
The `Cats capped off their scoring in the top of the ninth, as a Petracca triple plated second baseman Mark Cardillo to give Villanova a 10-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Explorers scored once on an RBI by La Salle rightfielder Scott Gehinger, but reliever Jake Wolff got Parfitt to ground into a game-ending fielder's choice as the Wildcats emerged with the 10-2 victory.
Loree (5-2) struck out a career-high nine in seven innings to earn the win. He allowed just one run on five hits in the game, walking two and striking out nine. Sophomore right-hander Ted Aust came on and pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the `Cats, and Wolff threw the ninth inning allowing one run.
Ruhland (1-5) took the loss, surrendering five runs on eight hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking six.
At the plate for Villanova, Petracca went five-for-six with a triple, home run, two runs scored and three RBI. In addition, Schau went three-for-four with a home run and two RBI, Cardillo went two-for-three with two runs scored and Poydenis had a hit and two RBI.
For La Salle, Prall went two-for-four with one RBI.
The Wildcats will get back into action on Wednesday, May 12th, in their 2004 home finale versus the Penn State Nittany Lions at 3:00 p.m. at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.