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Wildcats Fall To Rutgers on Sunday

April 18, 1999

At the Class of 53 Complex in Piscataway, N.J., on Sunday, April 18, Rutgers defeated Villanova 9-3 in Big East baseball action, to complete a three-game series sweep of Villanova this weekend. With the loss, Villanova falls to 20-19-1 and 6-9 in the BIG EAST.

Rutgers scored three runs in the bottom of the first, as junior Darren Fenster singled with one away and senior Pete Zoccolillo laced a triple to center, just out of the reach of a diving Dave Pizzini, which scored Fenster with the game's first run. Sophomore Jake Daubert then reached on an infield error, scoring Zoccolillo. A wild pitch moved Daubert into scoring position and he promptly scored on an RBI single through the box by junior Mike O'Brien. Villanova would reach Brown for a single run in the second, on a double by Bill Brehm and a single by Brian Buckingham, but RU added three more in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by a two-run single by sophomore David DeJesus and a sacrifice fly from Zoccolillo. After a scoreless third, Fenster increased Rutgers' lead to 8-1 with a two-run single in the fourth, scoring sophomore Brian Ciemniecki and DeJesus.

Brown, after allowing the run, cruised through the next four innings, retiring 10 of 11 batters before a sixth-inning single by Rob Cafiero. Villanova finally broke through against Brown in the seventh for single run, as Joe Delvecchio singled to lead off the innings, advanced to second on a single by Brian Buckingham and scored on an single by Pizzini. The Cats would reach Brown for another run in the eighth on two doubles, but Rutgers responded with a single run in the eighth on a hit batter and a two-out, RBI single from Zoccolillo, his third RBI of the game, giving RU a 9-3 lead.

Brown (5-4) improved to 4-1 in the BIG EAST with his second-complete game effort of the season. He scattered 11 hits, walked only one and struck out three. Zoccolillo led the way with two hits and three RBI, while Fenster (2-for-4) and DeJesus (1-for-2, two walks, three runs) knocked in two runs apiece. O'Brien finished the day 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Ciemniecki collected two hits in four at bats and scored two runs.

Villanova will head across town to La Salle University on Tuesday, April 20, to play the La Salle Explorers at 3:30 p.m.