PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Villanova Wildcats scored seven runs over the first two innings and held on for a 7-6 win in the season finale today at the Class of ’53 Complex, handing Rutgers (30-23, 13-11 BE) its sixth-straight conference loss and third-straight by one run. Today’s loss overshadowed a stellar pitching performance from sophomore Jimmy Jansen (Hillsdale, NJ), who allowed four hits and no runs over the final 7.1 innings. It also signaled the end of the 2004 season – the first time in 19 years that Rutgers will not advance to the postseason." />
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Rutgers’ Season Ends with 7-6 Loss
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Villanova Wildcats scored seven runs over the first two innings and held on for a 7-6 win in the season finale today at the Class of ’53 Complex, handing Rutgers (30-23, 13-11 BE) its sixth-straight conference loss and third-straight by one run. Today’s loss overshadowed a stellar pitching performance from sophomore Jimmy Jansen (Hillsdale, NJ), who allowed four hits and no runs over the final 7.1 innings. It also signaled the end of the 2004 season – the first time in 19 years that Rutgers will not advance to the postseason.

    On Senior Day, Shaun Parker (Mt. Holly, NJ) earned the start, but lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing four hits and seven runs (three earned) in his final RU start. A three-run double by Adrian Schau highlighted a four-run first and an error in the second allowed Villanova to keep the inning alive for Bryan Trotta, who dumped a two-out, two-run single into right to cap a three-run second.

    Rutgers was held scoreless until the fifth, when Colin Gaynor (Toms River, NJ) doubled down the line in left and scored on Tim Querns’ (Cherry Hill, NJ) single to center. RU added four more in the sixth against a tiring Kevin Mulvey as the first five hitters of the inning reached base on four hits and a hit batsman. Jeff Frazier (Toms River, NJ) beat out an infield single to start things off and moved to second on a single from Rich Canuso (Monroe, NJ). Gaynor was hit in the back to load the bases for Nick Cerulo (Woodbridge, NJ), who singled to right-center to cut the lead to 7-2. Cory Rodriguez (Bridgewater, NJ) then followed with a two-run single to center, closing the gap to 7-4 with no one out. On the next play, Querns apparently reached safely on a fielder’s choice, but was called out when Rodriguez overslid the second-base bag. Jason Grover (Montgomery, NJ) followed with a double, but was stranded.

    After a scoreless seventh and eighth, Rutgers threatened in the ninth when David Williams (Sparta, NJ) stroked a two-out triple to center and scored on Frazier’s single. With the tying run on first, VU reliever Mike Ciccotelli struck out Canuso to end the game and the Scarlet Knights’ season.

    Parker (3-3) suffered the loss, while nine different RU players collected hits, led by Frazier, who was 2-for-5.

                                  ** 2004 RUTGERS BASEBALL **
                                      Villanova at Rutgers
                      May 23, 2004 at Piscataway, NJ (Class of 53 Complex)
    
    Villanova 7 (31-20-1,10-13)                   Rutgers 6 (30-23,13-11)
    
    Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
    ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
    Molloy, Kris cf............  5  2  2  0       BADGER, Graig 2b...........  4  0  1  0
    Petracca, Angelo 3b........  5  2  2  0       GROSE, Jeff lf.............  1  0  0  0
    Poydenis, Danny dh.........  4  1  0  0        WILLIAMS, David lf........  4  1  1  0
    Newbold, Brian lf..........  5  0  1  0       FRAZIER, Jeff rf...........  5  1  2  1
    Schau, Adrian 1b...........  2  1  1  4       CANUSO, Rich 1b............  4  1  1  0
    Trotta, Brian ss...........  2  0  1  2       GAYNOR, Colin c............  3  2  1  0
    Cirone, Frank rf...........  3  0  0  0       CERULO, Nick cf............  3  1  1  1
    Wendle, Andy c.............  4  0  0  0       RODRIGUEZ, Cory dh.........  4  0  1  2
    Cardillo, Mark 2b..........  3  1  1  0       QUERNS, Tim 3b.............  4  0  1  1
    Mulvey, Kevin p............  0  0  0  0       GROVER, Jason ss...........  3  0  1  0
     Aust, Ted p...............  0  0  0  0       PARKER, Shaun p............  0  0  0  0
     Grodecki, Mike p..........  0  0  0  0        JANSEN, Jim p.............  0  0  0  0
     Ciccotelli, Mike p........  0  0  0  0
    Totals..................... 33  7  8  6       Totals..................... 35  6 10  5
    
    Score by Innings                    R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Villanova........... 430 000 000 -  7  8  0
    Rutgers............. 000 014 001 -  6 10  2
    -------------------------------------------
    
    E - Badger; Gaynor. DP - VU 1; Rutgers 1. LOB - VU 6; Rutgers 7. 2B - Schau;
    Gaynor(11); Grover(9). 3B - Newbold; Williams(1). HBP - Poydenis, D.; Schau; Cirone;
    Cardillo; Gaynor. SB - Schau 3; Cardillo.
    
    Villanova                      IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mulvey, Kevin  W,7-4.......   5.0  6  5  5  3  2   1  0  1  0   20 24   6  6
    Aust, Ted .................   1.0  2  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0    4  4   0  2
    Grodecki, Mike ............   2.0  0  0  0  1  3   0  0  0  0    6  7   0  3
    Ciccotelli, Mike  S,4......   1.0  2  1  1  0  1   0  0  0  0    5  5   0  2
    
    Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    PARKER, Shaun  L,3-3.......   1.2  4  7  3  2  2   0  0  2  0   10 14   2  1
    JANSEN, Jim ...............   7.1  4  0  0  1  3   0  0  2  0   23 26   6 10
    
    WP - Mulvey; Aust. HBP - by Parker (Poydenis, D.); by Parker (Cardillo); by Jansen
    (Cirone); by Mulvey (Gaynor); by Jansen (Schau). PB - Wendle.
    
    Strikeouts - Molloy; Poydenis, D. 2; Newbold 2; Williams; Frazier; Canuso; Gaynor;
    Rodriguez; Grover. Walks - Schau; Trotta 2; Badger; Canuso; Cerulo; Grover.
    
    Umpires -
    Start: 12:00 pm   Time: 3:10   Attendance: 150
    
    Game notes:
    ID-243166
    Mulvey faced 4 batters in the 6th.
    
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