UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The bats broke out for the Wildcats (13-31) in the top of the second inning at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park against Penn State (17-35) on Tuesday evening, but Villanova was defeated 11-5. Doug deMarrais (Bernardsville, N.J.) went three for four on the day with one RBI, while freshman Dominic Sarro (North Riverside, Ill.) had two hits and two RBI.
Penn State got on the board first, but the Wildcats bats exploded with six hits in the top of second inning. Doug deMarrais got things going for Villanova with a double to the left field wall. deMarrais was advanced to third with a single from David Gulati (Collegeville, Pa.). Timothy Lilly (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) tied the game for the Wildcats after he singled through the left side. Freshman Dominic Sarro (North Riverside, Ill.) picked up his first collegiate hit to drive in both Gulati and Lilly to take a 3-1 lead. With two outs, senior second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) singled through the right side to bring in another run. Czinege’s hit was his 242 career hit, now tying him with Matt Longo (1998-01) in second for Villanova baseball career hits.
Mike Sgaramella (Florham Park, N.J.) started the game for Villanova and bounced back with a one-two-three inning in the bottom of the second to shut down the Lions, but Penn State ended up scoring a run in the bottom of the third to make it a 4-2 game. Sgaramella finished the game with three innings pitched, giving up four hits, while striking out two.
The fourth inning was scoreless for both teams as Jake Esp (Sugar Grove, Ill.)) pitched back to back scoreless innings, which helped the Wildcats get another run in the top of the fifth inning. Esp pitched two and two third innings, while giving up four hits and only allowed one earned run.
Tyler Bruno (Breinigsville, Pa.) started the fifth inning off with a single to center field and advanced to third on back to back wild pitches. Doug deMarrais then picked up his third hit of the day to score Bruno and give the Wildcats a 5-2 lead.
Penn State was able to get two runs back in the bottom of the sixth to make the game close by only trailing by one. The Lions broke open the game in the bottom of the eighth by scoring seven runs to give them a six-run advantage.
Tyler Arella (Middle Village, N.Y), Zach Lutner (Sicklerville, N.J.) and Jason Applegate (Columbus, N.J.) closed out the rest of the game for the Wildcats. Penn State’s Schuyler Bates earned the win for the Lions with four innings pitched and only allowing one run. Jake Pilwwicz pitched a no-hit scoreless inning in the top of the ninth for the Lions as well.
Throughout the game, the Wildcats recorded ten hits. Doug deMarrais finished the day with three hits and an RBI, while freshman Dominic Sarro finished the day with two hits and two RBI. Five other Wildcats including, Todd Czinege, Ryan Toohers (Florham Park, N.J.), Tyler Bruno, David Gulati, and Timothy Lilly each had one hit apiece today. Czinege and Lilly were the two others that had an RBI during today’s game.
The Wildcats will close out BIG EAST Conference play this weekend at St. John’s. The first game of the series is set for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.