Doty goes eight strong, but Villanova falls to Sacred Heart

Villanova dropped home opener to Sacred Heart
Villanova rallied late to make things interesting but ultimately lost Friday's home opener, 3-2, to Sacred Heart at Villanova Ballpark.

Trailing 2-0 entering the eighth, Pat O'Neill hit a one-out single for the Wildcats and scored on John Kim's RBI-triple to trim the deficit to a run.

Sacred Heart plated a run in the ninth to push their lead back to two, but Villanova again fought back with Brandon Campos ripping an RBI-triple to again bring the Wildcats to within a run but that's as close as things would get.

Kim finished with two hits on the afternoon to lead the Wildcats' offense.

Ryan Doty tossed eight sharp innings, surrendering two runs on five hits. His effort that much more impressive when you take the weather conditions - temps in the 30's with 20-mph wind gusts - into consideration. He collected seven strikeouts and walked three.

Wagner 11, Saint Joseph's 1
Brian Edgington surrendered five runs on six hits over just three innings for the Hawks in the losing effort.

Brian Markowski finished 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, a walk, and scored the Hawks lone run on the day in the seventh inning.

Combined, Saint Joseph's hurlers issued 12 walks on the afternoon.

Manhattan 11, La Salle 6
The Explorers jumped ahead with an early 3-0 lead, but the Jaspers pieced together a four-run fourth and never looked back.

Ryan Guckin led the Explorers offense, finishing 2-for-2 with a double and a home run. He also walked twice and drove in a pair of runs. Austin Constantini chipped in with two hits in the losing effort.

Michael Jenkins lasted just three innings for La Salle, surrendering four runs (two earned) on six hits over three innings.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
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