March 17, 1998
At McGeehan Field on Tuesday, March 17, the Villanova Wildcats won for the fifth straight time with a 14-8 victory over crosstown rival St. Joseph's. With the win, Villanova improves to 8-3 on the season, while St. Joseph's drops to 7-9.
Junior Dan Boublis got things started for the Wildcats in the bottom of the first inning when he hit his third home run of the season to give the Cats a 3-0 advantage.
With Villanova leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth, the Hawks exploded for six runs highlighted by Mike DeVincentis' three-run home run and Eric Wyatt's solo shot. The two home runs were hit in back-to-back fashion.
Trailing 8-4, the Wildcats tallied nine runs in the bottom of the fifth, as they batted around and every player in the line-up tallied a run. Freshmen Nick Piantek and Dan Glover each added two RBI singles in the nine-run fifth, while Boublis recorded his fourth RBI of the day with a single.
Boublis started for Villanova and lasted four innings. After freshman Aaron Krawiec walked two of the first three batters he faced, sophomore Brian Manning came on in relief. Manning pitched three innings, giving up no hits, while striking out three to gain his second victory of the season.
Other hitting stars for Villanova included freshman Matt Longo who went three-for-four with two runs and an RBI and senior Tom Shank who was two-for-two with two runs scored, an RBI and a double. Junior Pat Kane was two-for-five from the lead off spot with two runs and an RBI.
Villanova returns to action on Wednesday, March 18 when they host Delaware at 3 p.m.