May 17, 2004
BETHESDA, MD. - On Monday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md., the Villanova baseball team avenged its extra inning loss earlier in the day with a 10-5 victory over Georgetown. Wildcat seniors, who graduated on Sunday, combined to go 10-for-15 with six runs scored, a double, two home runs and six RBI. The `Cats improved to 28-20-1 overall on the year and 8-14 in the Big East with the win. The Hoyas fell to 25-30 overall and 8-17 in conference play.
Villanova used the long ball to stake claim to the game's first lead in the top of the first inning. With two on and no outs after a walk by Kris Molloy and a single by Angelo Petraccca, Wildcat designated hitter Danny Poydenis drilled a three-run home run to leftfield to give the `Cats a 3-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the first inning, Georgetown rallied with two runs to trim the Villanova lead to 3-2. Designated hitter Mike Lombardi had the big blow in the inning for the Hoyas, lining a one-out, two-run single up the middle.
The Wildcats extended their lead to five runs with a big four-run third inning. Leftfielder Brian Newbold led things off with an infield single, and first baseman Adrian Schau followed that by blasting a two-run home run to leftfield to increase the Villanova lead to 5-2. The `Cats added two more runs in the inning - the first coming on an RBI single by Molloy and the second on a double steal that saw second baseman Mark Cardillo slide into home safely to give Villanova a 7-2 advantage.
Attempting to chip away at the Wildcat lead, the Hoyas loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning. Lombardi then smoked a hard-hopper down the first base line, which Schau snared and tagged the first-base bag for the second out of the inning. Danny Gronski scored on the play for Georgetown to trim the Villanova lead to 7-3, but the tremendous play by Schau saved two more potential runs. With two outs and the bases loaded again, Wildcat starter Kevin Mulvey got Ron Cano to ground out to Schau at first to end the inning.
Villanova got the run back in the top of the fifth inning, as Poydenis drew a bases loaded walk to force in Trotta. The RBI by Poydenis, his fourth of the game, gave the Wildcats back a five-run lead at 8-3.
After allowing a run in the bottom of the fourth, Mulvey settled down and recorded his first one-two-three inning of the contest in the fifth to put himself in position for the win.
Fellow freshman Mike Loree came on in relief of the Mulvey to begin the sixth. Loree started a strikeout'em out throw'em out double play to end a Hoya rally. Then with two outs and one out in the sixth, Lombardi sent a grounder in the hole between first and second. Cardillo dove to his left to make the tremendous stop and threw to Schau at first to register the final out of the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Georgetown catcher Andrew Cleary led off with a solo home run to leftfield to cut the Wildcat lead to 8-4. Loree settled down to retire the next three batters of the inning and keep the lead at four runs in favor of Villanova.
The `Cats used some clutch two-out hitting to add two insurance runs in the top of the eighth. Schau led the inning off with a double and went to third later in the inning on a single by shortstop Brian Trotta - his fifth hit of the day. With two on and two outs, Cardillo lined a two-run double into centerfield to give Villanova a 10-4 lead.
Georgetown would add one more run in the game, a solo home run by Lombardi in the ninth, to close the gap to 10-5. That was as close as the Hoyas would get, as the Wildcats went on for the 10-5 victory.
Mulvey earned the win on the mound for Villanova to improve to 6-4, allowing three runs in five innings. Loree threw four strong innings of two-run ball to notch his first save.
At the plate for the `Cats, Poydenis went two-for-four with a home run and four RBI, Schau went three-for-six with two runs, one double, one home run and two RBI and Trotta went five-for-five with three runs scored. In addition, Cardillo went three-for-five with two RBI.
The second game of the doubleheader originally scheduled for Monday was cancelled due to Big East Conference regulations. Because the postponed game from Saturday night was made up earlier Monday (at 11:30 am) and went over two innings, that was considered the first game of the day. Thus the first game of the originally scheduled doubleheader was the second game. Conference regulations prohibit teams from playing more than two games on a given day.
Villanova will get back into action on May 21-23, traveling to Piscataway, N.J., to face the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers in a three-game series. The two teams will begin the series with a single game on Friday at 2:00 p.m. The Wildcats and Scarlet Knights will then play another single game on Saturday at noon. Villanova and Rutgers will wind down the series with a single game on Sunday at noon.