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Baseball Loses Two of Three to Connecticut

April 26, 1998

STORRS, Conn. - The Villanova baseball team traveled to Storrs, Conn., this past weekend, where they lost two of three to the Connecticut Huskies. After the three-game Big East series, Villanova is 24-18-1 overall and 5-13 in Big East play, while Connecticut is 19-16 overall and 9-10 in conference action.

In game one of Saturday's doubleheader, the Huskies earned a 4-2 victory in the seven inning contest. Connecticut got things started quickly, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Villanova battled back to make it 3-2, with single runs in the second and third. The Huskies tallied the final run of the game in the bottom of the third. Junior Dan Boublis went the distance for Villanova, giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits, while striking out six. Freshman Matt Longo added a double for the Wildcats.

Villanova rebounded to win the second game of the doubleheader by a score of 10-8 in 12 innings. Trailing 5-2 in the eighth inning, the Wildcats got two, two-run home runs by senior third baseman Rick Welsh and freshman Dan Glover to take a 6-5 advantage. Connecticut came right back in the bottom of the eighth, to tie the game at 6-6 on a Billy Rich solo home run leading off the inning.

The score stayed tied until the 11th, when Villanova pushed across two runs to lead 8-6. The Cats tallied their runs via a bases loaded walk to shortstop Pat Kane and a sacrifice fly by senior second baseman Tom Shank. The lead was short lived, however, as the Huskies fought right back to tie the game at 8-8 in the bottom of the 11th.

In the top of the 12th inning, freshman Nick Piantek smacked a two-out double to center field. Sophomore Pat Clark came in to pinch run for Piantek and advanced to third base on a passed ball. With Clark on third and two outs, junior right fielder Joe DelVecchio hit the game winning two-run home run. In the home half of the 12th, sophomore Will Henry shut down the Huskies to gain his fifth win of the season.

On Sunday, April 26, the two teams completed the three game series, with Connecticut recording a convincing 24-5 victory. The game was stopped after eight innings due to rain. En route to the win, the Huskies pounded out 16 hits, including seven doubles. Villanova played sloppy defense, committing six errors. Freshman Dave Pizzini led the Wildcats, going two-for-two with a double and a home run. The only other Wildcat to record two hits was junior right fielder Bill Brehm.