VILLANOVA, Pa---In baseball action today at McGeehan Field, the Providence Friars completed a three-game sweep of the Villanova Wildcats by pounding the Cats, 23-3. In the win, Providence tallied 19 hits, including five home runs, two doubles and a triple. With the victory, Providence improves to 16-7 overall and 3-1 in Big East play, while Villanova falls to 10-7 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
Providence wasted no time in getting started, as the Friars jumped on Villanova in the top of first. After two straight singles to start the game, senior catcher Scott Friedholm hit a three-run home run to give the Friars a 3-0 lead. In the second, senior Bryan Tamul smacked a solo home run to lead off the inning and increase the Friar advantage to 4-0.
Villanova got on the board in the bottom of the second, when senior first baseman Rick Welsh hit a two-run homer to straightaway center field. However, Providence came right back with two runs in top of the third, as sophomore designated hitter Coley O'Donnell hit his first of two home runs on the afternoon.
Leading 7-3 entering the seventh inning, Providence exploded for 16 runs over the next three frames, scoring six in the seventh and five in both the eighth and ninth innings.
The Friars received a strong pitching effort from junior Rob Corraro who threw seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits to get the win. Villanova starter Brian Buckingham, who yielded seven runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings of work, was credited with the loss.
Villanova returns to action on Tuesday, March 31 when they host St. Joseph's at 3 p.m.