May 15, 2005
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Visiting West Virginia (25-27, 10-12 Big East) scored at least one run in the fifth through eighth innings to gradually build a big lead, and the Mountaineers took two of three games in a weekend series with Sunday's 7-3 victory over Villanova (27-18-2, 8-13-1 BE) at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.
The game was scoreless heading to the fifth inning, as Wildcat starter Mike Loree (Gillette, N.J.) cruised through the first four innings with just two runners on base against him. He quickly had two outs and nobody on in the fifth inning, but Chad McKown broke through with a softly hit double down the left field line. Brandon Drespling followed with an RBI single to score the game's first run, and West Virginia never relinquished the lead.
The Wildcats trailed 7-0 by the time they scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Freshman Derek Shunk (Yardley, Pa.) led off the inning with his third hit of the game, and was followed with singles from senior Angelo Petracca (Sanford, Fla.) and junior Jeremy Hunt (Tampa, Fla.). That brought up freshman James Dolbier (Lebanon, N.J.) with the bases loaded and none out. In a similar spot yesterday, Dolbier hit a grand slam. He didn't disappoint in this game either, as a single to right-center field plated two runs. Senior Mark Cardillo (Naples, Fla.) added an RBI single later in the inning for the third Wildcat run.
The Mountaineers kept tacking on to their lead through the late innings, as Kyle Matuszek hit a two-run home run in a three-run sixth inning. Two triples eventually led to two runs scoring in the seventh inning, and Stan Posluszny homered in the eighth inning for the final West Virginia run. Loree (4-4, 5.02 ERA) wound up being charged with 11 hits and seven earned runs in 7.1 innings pitched. Freshman Gus Guida (Martinsville, N.J.) pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to close out the game.
Shunk was 3-for-5 in the game and raised his batting average to .358. Shunk has had at least two hits in each of his last four games, and is batting a robust .386 against Big East pitching. Dolbier was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in, while Cardillo also had two hits and an RBI.
Matuszek was 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI for West Virginia, which also got two hits and two RBI from Posluszny. Starting pitcher Wes Osbourn (7-3, 5.17) scattered 10 hits and three earned runs in 7.0-plus innings, before Kenny Durst entered and pitched the final two innings.
Villanova is back in action on Tuesday in its final non-conference game. The Wildcats visit Penn State for a 3 p.m. game against their in-state rivals. Following that game, Villanova will be home to host St. John's in its final three games of the year. The series against St. John's will be played Thursday and Friday beginning at 3:00 p.m., followed by a Saturday game at Noon.
CORRECTION: Dolbier hit a grand slam in the third inning of Saturday's 13-6 Villanova win ... The grand slam was NOT the first at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth, as had been written in Saturday's game story ... Former Wildcat Brian Newbold hit a grand slam on April 15, 2003 at the Stadium.