April 2, 1998
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.-- In the first round of the Liberty Bell Classic at Veterans Stadium on Wednesday, April 1, the Villanova Wildcats defeated the Pennsylvania Quakers, 15-6.
The game was called after six innings due to rain and lightning. With the win, Villanova advances to the Liberty Bell Classic semi-finals, where they will play St. Joseph's on April 14 at 7 p.m. St. Joseph's advanced to the semi-finals with a 13-8 win over LaSalle.
Villanova jumped all over the Quakers in the top of the first inning, scoring a Liberty Bell Classic for runs in an inning with 12. In the wild first frame, senior Rick Welsh hit a grand slam home run, while freshman Nick Piantek smacked a three-run shot. The Cats tallied 12 runs on eight hits in the first inning. Earlier in the afternoon against Georgetown, Welsh went two-for-four with a homer and five RBI, giving him a total of 11 RBI on the day.
Pennsylvania remained scoreless until the bottom of fourth when the Quakers pounded out four hits, including two doubles, en route to six runs. In the fourth, Pennsylvania chased Wildcat starter Drew Baylor, who gave up six runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings of work. Baylor also recorded four walks and two strikeouts. Junior Andrew Schwarz came on in relief to pitch 2.2 innings of no hit baseball. In his stint, Schwarz struck out three, while walking just one to earn the win.
Following the sixth inning, heavy rain and lightning hit the Philadelphia area causing the game to be called off. However, with five complete innings already in the books, the contest was declared official.
Freshman Matt Longo had a strong game for the Wildcats, going three-for-three with three runs scored and an RBI, while junior Pat Kane was two-for-four with an RBI and two runs scored.
Villanova returns to action on Thursday, April 2 when they host Drexel at 3 p.m.