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Villanova Sweeps Doubleheader

March 15, 1998

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.-- The Villanova baseball team swept a doubleheader from the Wagner College Seahawks.

Villanova won the opener, 19-14, and the night-cap by a score of 13-4. Both games were seven inning contests.

In the opener, the Cats jumped out to a commanding 14-2 lead after three innings and a 19-4 advantage following for innings of play.

Wagner tallied a comeback recording two runs in the fifth, seven in the sixth and one in the seventh.

For the game, Villanova pounded out 23 hits including six doubles and four home runs, while Wagner registered 14 hits. Three of Wagner's hits were home runs.

Villanova was led by junior Dan Boublis who went four-for-five with four runs, five RBI, a double and a home run and freshman Nick Piantek who was three-for-three to go with three runs, three RBI and a double.

Other Wildcat home runs were tallied by sophomore Pat Clark, freshman Matt Longo and freshman Dave Pizzini.

On the hill, junior Chris Pilato pitched four innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out seven, to record his first victory of the season.

The second game started out similar to the first, as the Wildcats raced to an 11-3 lead after three innings to gain control.

Villanova continued to tally extra base hits, as the Wildcats amassed four doubles and a home run. Hitting doubles for Villanova were Longo, seniors Rick Welsh and Tom Shank and junior Bill Brehm. Longo also hit his second homer of the day. Sophomore right-hander

Will Henry had a strong outing, as he hurled six innings and gave up three runs on just five hits. Henry also struck out seven batters.

Villanova returns to action on Tuesday, March 17, when they host crosstown rival St. Joseph's at McGeehan Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.