April 23, 2008
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Five runs in the second inning and four in the fourth were more than enough for Villanova as the Wildcats cruised past the Saint Joseph's baseball team, 12-3, on Wednesday afternoon. SJU junior Ben Wendle had two doubles and a pair of runs batted in for the Hawks in the loss.
Villanova (20-20) scored early and often, jumping out to a 6-0 lead after two innings. The Wildcats scored a solitary run in the first on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Arcadia. VU posted a five-spot in the second after a leadoff home run by Kyle Carver. A double, a fielder's choice, and another double plated four more runs and chased starter Bryan Penalo from the game.
In the third inning, Saint Joseph's (14-24) cut into the lead, scoring twice on a two-out double down the right field line by Wendle. Mike Coleman had singled and Joe Cook had doubled to put runners on second and third and set the table for Wendle.
Carver led off the third with his second solo home run of the game to extend the Villanova lead to 7-2. A four-run fourth put the game out of reach, leaving SJU in a nine-run hole.
The Hawks scored their final run on a Mike Boyland sacrifice fly in the fifth. The Wildcats answered with a run on a double by Derek Shunk to set the final score at 12-3.
Saint Joseph's returns to action Friday with an Atlantic 10 contest against Massachusetts. The weekend series-opener is set for 3:30 p.m. at Latshaw-McCarthy Field in Norristown, Pa.