March 26, 1998
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova University baseball team defeated Temple University 6-1, on Thursday, March 26, at McGeehan Field on the campus of Villanova University behind the hittingof freshman sensation Nick Piantek who had a game-high four RBI. With the victory, the 'Cats have now won two straight and improved their record to 10-4 on the season.
Villanova started off the second inning with two straight singles by seniors Rick Welsh and Tom Shank. After a flyout by junior Bill Brehm, Piantak got the Wildcats on the board with a linedrive single, scoring two runs to give Villanova a 2-0 lead. The 'Cats would score again in the third, on yet another Piantek RBI, before Temple finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning.
Junior Michael McDonald led off the fifth for the Owls with a double. After being sacrificed to third by senior Devitt Moore, McDonald scored on a Bob Filler sacrifice fly to cut the Wildcat lead to 3-1.
Villanova proved to much for Temple, however, as they would scored once in the sixth on Piantak's fourth RBI of the afternoon, and twice in the seventh on RBI's from Shank and junior Dan Boublis to give the Wildcats a 6-1 victory.
Sophomore pitcher Wil Henry started the game for Villanova, and pitched three strong innings striking out three, for his second victory of the season. The Wildcats also got two innings each from senior Joe Moore, freshman Matt Therion and senior Brian Buckingham to put the game away. For Temple, senior Adam Trottola got the loss, pitching five and two-thirds innings giving up eight hits and four runs.
As the spark of the Wildcat offense all afternoon, the day belonged to Piantek who finished the game three-for-four with a run scored and four RBI. A freshman from Wallingford, CT., he has made an immediate impact as a rookie for the 'Cats coming into the game second on the team with 15 RBI.
Villanova will begin their Big East season on Saturday, March 28, hosting a doubleheader against the Providence College Friars, with the first game getting underway at 12 p.m.