PISCATAWAY, NJ – For the second-straight day, Villanova thrived in its role as the spoiler, edging Rutgers, 2-1, this afternoon at the Class of ’53 Complex. OJ DeChristofano (Pequannock, NJ), making his first start of the season, allowed just three hits and two runs in 7.2 innings for Rutgers – one of which scored following his departure." />
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Villanova Edges Rutgers, DeChristofano, 2-1
  • Posted on May 22, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – For the second-straight day, Villanova thrived in its role as the spoiler, edging Rutgers, 2-1, this afternoon at the Class of ’53 Complex. OJ DeChristofano (Pequannock, NJ), making his first start of the season, allowed just three hits and two runs in 7.2 innings for Rutgers – one of which scored following his departure. His Villanova counterpart, Mike Loree, was better however, taking a shutout into the ninth for his sixth win of the season. RU’s loss, its fifth-straight in BIG EAST play, drops its record to 30-22 overall and 13-10 in league action.

    Neither team mustered much offense in the early going, as DeChristofano set down the 11 batters he faced, fanning five, and Loree allowd just one single, a walk and two hit batters as the hurlers completed four innings without allowing a run. In the fifth, VU first baseman Adrian Schau turned on a fastball and lofted a home run down the line in left, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. From that point, DeChristofano gritted his way through the next two innings, keeping the score at 1-0.

    Rutgers’ offense remained stagnant in the middle innings, putting the leadoff hitter on in both the fifth and sixth inning, but failed to score. In the sixth, Graig Badger (Union, NJ) led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Jeff Grose (Iselin, NJ), but Loree struck out Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) for the second out and escaped the threat.

    In the seventh, DeChristofano retired the first two hitters before issuing a walk to leadoff hitter Kris Malloy. Already 3.2 innings further than he has pitched all season, head coach Fred Hill called to the bullpen for Tom Malafronte (Somerville, NJ), with RU trailing 1-0. Molloy stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before Angelo Petracca dumped a two-strike single into shallow left field to make the score 2-0.

    Rutgers’ Rich Canuso (Monroe, NJ) gave Rutgers hope in the ninth, leading off with a monstrous home run, his ninth of the season, to cut the lead to 2-1 against a tiring Loree. He battled back to induce a flyout from Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ), a well-struck lineout from Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ), and a groundout from Tim Querns (Cherry Hill, NJ), who had entered the game as a defensive replacement.

    DeChristofano (0-1) allowed three hits and two runs in 7.2 innings, walking two and striking out five. RU actually out-hit Villanova, 5-4, as five different players reached safely. Cory Rodriguez (Bridgewater, NJ) was 1-for-2 with a walk in three plate appearances for the Scarlet Knights.

    RU now pins its long-shot hopes for a BIG EAST Tournament berth on senior Shaun Parker (Mt. Holly, NJ) and the Pittsburgh Panthers. Rutgers needs a win tomorrow over the Wildcats and a three-game sweep from Pittsburgh over St. John’s to earn the fourth and final playoff spot for the BIG EAST Tournament, which opens on Thursday in Bridgewater.

    Rutgers and Villanova will wrap up their series, and the regular season, at noon tomorrow. RU’s three seniors – Badger, Cerulo and Parker – will be honored prior to the start of the contest, at approximately 11:45.

                                  ** 2004 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                      Villanova at Rutgers
                      May 22, 2004 at Piscataway, NJ (Class of 53 Complex)
    
    Villanova 2 (30-20-1,9-13)                    Rutgers 1 (30-22,13-10)
    
    Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
    ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
    Molloy, Kris cf............  3  1  0  0       BADGER, Graig 2b...........  4  0  1  0
    Petracca, Angelo 3b........  4  0  1  1       GROSE, Jeff lf.............  3  0  1  0
    Poydenis, Danny dh.........  3  0  1  0       FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  4  0  0  0
    Newbold, Brian lf..........  4  0  0  0       CANUSO, Rich 1b............  3  1  1  1
    Schau, Adrian 1b...........  3  1  1  1       GAYNOR, Colin dh...........  3  0  0  0
    Trotta, Brian ss...........  4  0  0  0       CERULO, Nick cf............  4  0  1  0
    Cirone, Frank rf...........  3  0  1  0       RODRIGUEZ, Cory 3b.........  2  0  1  0
    Wendle, Andy c.............  3  0  0  0        QUERNS, Tim 3b............  1  0  0  0
    Cardillo, Mark 2b..........  3  0  0  0       MILLER, Jeff c.............  2  0  0  0
    Loree, Mike p..............  0  0  0  0       GROVER, Jason ss...........  2  0  0  0
                                                  DECHRISTOFANO, OJ p........  0  0  0  0
                                                   MALAFRONTE, Tom p.........  0  0  0  0
    Totals..................... 30  2  4  2       Totals..................... 28  1  5  1
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Villanova........... 000 010 010 -  2  4  0
    Rutgers............. 000 000 001 -  1  5  2
    -------------------------------------------
    
    E - Rodriguez 2. DP - VU 1; Rutgers 1. LOB - VU 4; Rutgers 6. 2B - Poydenis, D.. HR
    - Schau; Canuso(9). HBP - Canuso; Gaynor. SH - Grose(8); Miller. SB - Molloy;
    Cerulo(12). CS - Schau; Cirone.
    
    Villanova                      IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Loree, Mike  W,6-2.........   9.0  5  1  1  2  5   0  0  2  0   28 34  10 10
    
    Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    DECHRISTOFANO, OJ  L,0-2...   7.2  3  2  2  2  5   0  0  0  0   26 28   4 12
    MALAFRONTE, Tom ...........   1.1  1  0  0  1  1   1  0  0  0    4  5   1  1
    
    WP - Malafronte. HBP - by Loree (Gaynor); by Loree (Canuso).
    
    Strikeouts - Molloy; Petracca 2; Newbold 2; Wendle; Badger; Frazier; Gaynor 2;
    Miller. Walks - Molloy; Poydenis, D.; Schau; Rodriguez; Grover.
    
    Umpires -
    Start: 12:00 pm   Time: 2:10   Attendance: 300
    
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