May 17, 2004
BETHESDA, MD. - Villanova and Georgetown finished game one of this weekend's three-game series on Monday afternoon after the contest was suspended due to rain with the score tied at six after six and a half innings of play on Saturday. The verdict was not reached until the bottom of the 11th, when Georgetown's Danny Gronski came home on an unearned run for a 10-9 win.
Gronski singled to open the Georgetown half of the 11th off Villanova reliever Adrian Schau, who took the loss to drop to 1-3 on the season. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Parker Brooks, and when he tried to take third on the play, VU first baseman Alan Day made a throwing error, allowing Gronski to come all the way home for the victory.
There was plenty more scoring during the completion of game one, as the Hoyas initially took an 8-6 lead in the bottom of the seventh off Mike Grodecki, who replaced starter Nick Allen. Ron Cano doubled with one out, and Matthew Johnson was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Grodecki then got a strikeout, but after a successful double steal, walked Brooks. Jim Supple came through with a two-RBI single before Grodecki got out of the inning.
The Wildcats rallied in the top of the ninth, scoring three runs to take a 9-8 lead. Angelo Petracca started it with a lead off walk, and scored on a Danny Poydenis double. Schau and Day were hit by pitches, loading the bases for Brian Trotta. His sacrifice fly tied the game, and Schau scampered home on a wild pitch for the go-ahead run.
But in the bottom of the inning, the Hoyas evened it up off Schau, who was bidding for his seventh save. Gronski was in the middle of it again, walking with one out, moving to second on a wild pitch and scoring on Supple's two-out double. The scoring ceased until the bottom of the 11th.
Overall, the game lasted four hours and five minutes.
Georgetown improved to 25-29 on the year, and 8-16 in the Big East. Villanova fell to 27-20-1, 7-14 in conference action. Eduardo Pena won his fifth game of the year with two innings of scoreless relief for the Hoyas. Offensively, Poydenis led the way for the 'Cats with three hits, including a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI. Schau homered for the fourth time this season in a 2-for-5 effort with two RBI and two runs scored. Kris Molloy was 2-for-6 with two runs scored.
Michael Lombardi had five hits for Georgetown, while Supple and Gronski had four hits apiece.