March 5, 2006
Bradenton, Fla. - Junior Andrew Tenaglia sent a two-run shot over the fence in the sixth inning and Holy Cross scored two runs in the ninth, but it was not enough as the Villanova baseball team held on for its third straight win with a 6-5 victory over the Crusaders on Sunday morning at Academy Park. The Wildcats improve to 5-4 on the season, while the Crusaders (0-1) fell in their season opener.
The Crusaders made things interesting with two runs in the final frame to get within one (6-5), but with the potential tying and go-ahead runners on base, junior reliever Nate Hall induced Gil Gomez into hitting a soft line drive that was caught by Jeremy Hunt for the final out.
Jamie Aldrich had two hits for Holy Cross and Patrick Rutherford pitched five strong innings of relief to give the Crusaders a chance to rally. Kyle Lister and Brendan Akashian each had RBI-singles in the ninth inning rally.
Craig Mirsky doubled down the left field line with the bases loaded in the fourth inning to score two runs for the Wildcats who took a 5-1 lead in the third after a three-run inning. Shunk had a single in the first inning that eventually set up the game's first run, and he scored on a double by Hunt in the third to break a 1-1 tie and put Villanova on top for good.
Hall pitched six innings in relief of sophomore starter Jordan Ellis and Villanova registered a one-run victory for the second straight day. Ellis allowed an earned run on three hits while striking out three in his three-inning appearance to earn his first victory of the season.
The Crusaders are back in action on Monday, March 6, when they take on Duquesne at 10:00 AM in Bradenton, Fla.