May 13, 2007
BETHESDA, Md. - Early Sunday afternoon in the completion of a suspended game from Saturday night, Villanova (26-20, 11-12 Big East) wrapped up a 5-2 victory over Georgetown (18-32, 6-17 Big East) at Shirley Povich Field. The game ended with the score the same as when the game was halted Saturday night due to a thunderstorm that hit in the top of the seventh inning.
In the completion of the game on Sunday, sophomore Josh Eidell (Norristown, Pa.) pitched three scoreless innings to earn his third save of the season. Eidell (three saves, 5.30 ERA) had runners on base against him in all three innings he pitched but saw no real damage done. He allowed three hits and struck out three while hitting a batter.
The last play prior to the suspension of the game on Saturday night was a solo home run by junior Ryan Arcadia (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) leading off the top of the seventh inning. Cary Piligian restarted the game for the Hoyas and retired the side in order to finish the seventh. He did the same in the eighth inning and then escaped a two-out, bases loaded jam in the top of the ninth. The Wildcats had put three runners on base behind a single from junior Gus Guida (Martinsville, N.J.) and two hit batters.
Junior starting pitcher Jordan Ellis (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) wound up the winning pitcher, having allowed two earned runs on six hits through six innings on Saturday night. Ellis (5-1, 3.74 ERA) walked four and struck out one in his outing, while improving to 10-2 in his Villanova career.
Despite the overnight suspension, not far from anyone's minds at the restart of the game was the rare unassisted triple play turned by junior shortstop Derek Shunk (Yardley, Pa.) in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Wildcats were clinging to a 3-2 lead and runners at first and second were going on the first pitch to Brandon Davis, who hit a line drive that was caught by Shunk to start the play. Shunk stepped on second base for the second out and tagged the runner coming from first to accomplish the rarest of baseball feats.
After taking the opener of the doubleheader 11-6 on Saturday, Villanova jumped out to an early lead in the nightcap when junior Dan Terpak (Fort Lauderdale, N.J.) hit a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the first inning. Arcadia dropped a bunt in front of the plate to start off the inning. He was erased on a fielder's choice but Terpak picked up sophomore Joe Rosati (Havertown, Pa.) from first base with his second home run of the day and eighth of the season.
Davis singled home a run in the bottom half of the inning to cut the Wildcat margin in half but junior Robert Parks (Brick, N.J.) hit his first career home run in the top of the second to make the score 3-1. The Hoyas threatened in the second and third innings and had Ellis in a jam in both of those frames. However, Georgetown was limited to just one run scoring on a balk in the third inning and never got closer than 3-2.
The one-run lead seemed tenuous through the middle innings but Shunk's triple play turned all the momentum back in the Wildcats favor. Senior Jim Gillin (Broomall, Pa.) doubled and scored in the sixth inning and Arcadia hit his second home run of the year in the seventh to stretch the lead to three runs.
Matthew Bouchard had three hits in the game for the Hoyas. Villanova did all its damage off of starting pitcher Michael Gaggioli (2-5, 2.85 ERA), who entered the game with a season ERA of 2.59 that ranked sixth best in the BIG EAST. Gaggioli allowed seven hits and five runs (four earned) in six-plus innings while walking two and striking out four.
NOTES: There are no official records available through Villanova, the BIG EAST Conference or the NCAA regarding triple plays at the collegiate level, especially unassisted triple plays ... However, the rarity of the play can be judged from the fact that only 13 unassisted triple plays have been turned in the 100-plus year history of Major League Baseball ... The most recent was this season on April 29 and was turned by Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies ... Eight of the 13 have been turned by a shortstop ... Arcadia reached base safely to start the first inning for Villanova for the seventh straight game ... He also extended his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games ... The single by Guida in the ninth inning extended his own hitting streak to a career-best nine games.