Villanova upsets nationally ranked Arizona State, plus La Salle topples Furman

Gordon Gracefoo secured a win for the Villanova Wildcats
Villanova pulled out perhaps their biggest win in the past 20 years, beating No. 9 Arizona State on the road on Saturday afternoon, 2-1. It was Villanova's first win over a ranked team since beating No. 20 St. John's in 2017.

The pitching duo of Gordon Graceffo and Danny Wilkinson held the Sun Devils to just three hits. Nick Lorusso drove in the Wildcats first run in the sixth with an RBI fielder's choice while Ryan Toohers pushed Chris Rotondo home later in the frame for Villanova's second and deciding run.

Wilkinson, a freshman, tossed 3 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit baseball in relief of Graceffo.

Other D1 Matchups

La Salle 5, Furman 4: Freshman Gabe Rappa earned a win in his first collegiate start, allowing one earned run on five hits over six innings. Fellow freshman David Smith went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI to lead the offense. Elijah Dickerson, Nick O'Day, and Ryan Guckin each collected two hits apiece in the win.

Iowa 7, Saint Joseph's 2: James McConnon collected two of the Hawks four hits on the afternoon. Hayden Seig tossed four innings, surrendering three runs on six hits to take the loss. He struck out six.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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