Wildcats Blanked By West Virginia 1-0
May 13, 2005
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Senior starting pitcher Nick Allen (Green Lane, Pa.) pitched his fourth straight complete game, but Villanova (26-17-2, 7-12-1 Big East) was shut out 1-0 by visiting West Virginia (24-26, 9-11 BE) on Friday afternoon at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. In the opener of a three-game weekend series, the Mountaineers plated the game's only run in the top of the sixth inning.
Allen (6-5, 2.67 ERA) needed just five pitches to get the first two batters out in the sixth inning, but West Virginia began its rally on a single to center field by Justin Jenkins. Jenkins moved up to third when Lee Fritz hit a line drive back up the middle that landed in left-center field for a hit, and Stan Posluszny singled up the middle to score Jenkins with the game's lone run.
Aside from those three hits given up by Allen, Villanova's ace cruised through the rest of the game and tossed his sixth complete game of the season. Allen scattered eight hits and the one earned run, while walking two and striking out three. He escaped a jam in the eighth inning when the Mountaineers put runners at second and third with one out, getting an infield pop-up and fly ball to left field to end the inning. He then returned for the ninth inning and needed just four more pitches to complete his fourth consecutive start.
Offensively, the Wildcats managed eight hits but stranded 11 runners and went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. West Virginia starter Marty Fagler allowed just eight singles in 8.2 innings of work, and picked up his sixth win of the season. Fagler (6-2, 2.77) pitched all but the final out, as Todd Dunham recorded the final out for his seventh save.
Freshman Derek Shunk (Yardley, Pa.), sophomore Andy Wendle (New London, Pa.) and senior Angelo Petracca (Sanford, Fla.) each went 2-for-4 for the Wildcats, while freshmen Ryan Arcadia (Boyertown, Pa.) and James Dolbier (Lebanon, N.J.) added one hit apiece. Arcadia singled in his first at-bat and drew three walks in the game. Villanova had base runners in every inning, but also left at least one runner on base in every inning.
The teams continue the three-game series on Saturday at 3 p.m.
NOTES: In a ceremony held prior to the start of the game, the Wildcats honored former standout player Gary Scott by retiring his jersey ... Scott was presented with a framed jersey by Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro, and had a banner with his name and number unveiled on the left field fence ... Scott was joined on the field by his song, along with Nicastro, former baseball coach George Bennett and current head coach Joe Godri ... He addressed the crowd and threw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the ceremonies ... Villanova had not played in a 1-0 game since defeating Norfolk State on February 14, 2004 ... There had only been five 1-0 Villanova baseball games in the last 10 years, and the Wildcats had won all five of those games ... Villanova is 0-7-1 in its last eight Big East games ... The Wildcats have not won a conference game since defeating Pittsburgh 9-8 in 10 innings on April 16 in the second game of a doubleheader ... In the eight winless games, Villanova has left 73 runners on base (9.1 per game) ... Allen's ninth career complete game moved him into a tie for eighth place on the school's all-time list ... He also moved into a tie with Dan Farino for fifth place on the career appearances list (60) ... With today's game in the books, Allen also ranks third in school history in innings pitched (277.0) and 10th in strikeouts (168) ... This was the first of his nine complete games in which he pitched nine innings.