S. ORANGE, N.J.-- The Seton Hall Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Villanova Wildcats with a 6-5 victory at Owen T. Carroll Field. With the win, Seton Hall improves to 21-13 overall and 10-4 in Big East play, while Villanova falls to 20-15-1 overall and 4-10 in conference action.
Seton Hall got on the board in the third inning, when shortstop Tony Calabrese hit a solo shot over the left field fence. The Pirates would increase their lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, when catcher Dan Hummel smacked a two-out solo home run.
Villanova would cut the Pirate lead to 2-1 in the top of the fifth, as junior shortstop Pat Kane scored on en error by Pirate third baseman Craig Zimmerli.
Trailing 4-1 in the seventh, the Wildcats rallied for four runs to gain a 5-4 advantage. Senior second baseman Tom Shank led off the inning with a double down the right field line. After freshman Matt Longo walked, junior Dan Boublis and senior Rick Welsh both went down on strikes. With two out, freshman Nick Piantek delivered an RBI single to right scoring Shank. Following a walk to senior catcher Augie Grove, junior Joe DelVecchio single to drive in Longo and Piantek. On the play, right fielder Josh Vath committed an error allowing Grove to score and give Villanova a one run led at 5-4. Junior Brian Buckingham struck out to end the inning.
However, Villanova's lead would be short lived, as Seton Hall tallied two runs in the bottom of the seventh that would prove to be the difference in the ball game. The game winning run occurred when Villanova reliever Andrew Schwarz walked Hummel with the bases loaded.
Villanova will return to action on Tuesday, April 21 when they travel to Newark, Del. To take on the University of Delaware Blue Hens at 3 p.m.