Wildcats offense goes bonkers; Explorers pile on late

Villanova's David Gulati
David Gulati collected three hits and all nine Villanova batters reached base safely at least once in an 11-3 win over Norfolk State in the first game of a doubleheader at Marty L. Miller Field on Sunday afternoon. The nightcap also went the Wildcats way in a 14-1 romp.

Gulati finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three runs batted in, while Cole Channell was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and John Heilenbach drove in a pair of runs.

Ahead 4-1 in the fifth, the Wildcats offense erupted for four more runs en route to collecting 14 hits in the winning effort.

In the nightcap, starting pitcher Ryan Doty tossed a career-high 10 strikeouts and did not allow a hit until the bottom of the sixth inning. He retired 15 of the first 17 batters and had at least one strikeout in all six innings that he pitched. His 10 strikeouts were the most by a Wildcats starting pitcher in their first start of the season since Brian Streilein fanned 12 against Norfolk State on opening day of the 2010 season.

Doty finished with six innings of work, surrendering just one run on two hits.

As for the offense, Ryan Toohers and Timothy Lilly each collected three hits while Gulati, Lilly, and Pat O'Neill all drove in two runs apiece.

The 25 runs scored in Sunday’s doubleheader are the most Villanova has scored in a twin-bill since it had 32 runs against Wagner on March 15, 1998.

Villanova is 3-0 for the first time since it swept Norfolk State to begin the 2010 season.

La Salle 16, Presbyterian 7
With the game tied, 7-7, La Salle scored nine runs in the ninth inning to capture a 16-7 road victory over Presbyterian on Sunday.

Brian Simon delivered the knockout blow for the Explorers, highlighting the final frame with a two-run single to right to break the tie.

Connor Hinchliffe, Austin Constantini, and Ben Faso each collected three hits in the victory while eight different players recorded at least one hit.

The 16 runs are the most the Explorers have scored in a game since April 8, 2016, when they also tallied 16 runs versus Fordham.
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