Philadelphia College Weekend Notebook: Graceffo and Kingsbury shine for Villanova

Jimmy Kingsbury of Villanova
Junior starting pitcher Gordon Graceffo pitched the first complete game shutout by a Villanova hurler in just under two years, leading the Wildcats to a 5-0 win over Hofstra in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday at Villanova Ballpark. 

Graceffo needed just 96 pitches and gave up just five hits. He whiffed seven. 

Senior hurler Jimmy Kingsbury followed with an outstanding showing of his own in the nightcap, collecting a career-high 11 strikeouts over six innings of work while holding Hofstra to three hits in a 3-1 victory. 

Senior Pat O'Neill finished the day 5-for-6 with a walk and two stolen bases. 

Weekend Notes 
La Salle dropped both ends of a doubleheader with Delaware on Sunday. Junior Nick Di Vietro finished the weekend 5-for-8 with a double, five walks, an RBI, and four runs scored ... Colin Scanlon put together a masterful performance for the Explorers in a win over Bucknell on Saturday, tossing seven scoreless innings while collecting six strikeouts. 

Cabrini was swept in a doubleheader by Montclair St. on Sunday. Christian Strickland finished the day 3-for-5 with a homer and six total bases. Mack McKisson added three hits of his own in the losing effort. 

Senior Jeffery Espinal collected three hits on Saturday and became the University of Valley Forge all-time program leader in hits with 106. The Patriots split a doubleheader with Clarks Summit. 

In Our Thoughts
Three people died and a fourth was critically injured in a fiery crash in Upper Saucon Township Saturday night, according to authorities. 

According to DeSales University President, Father Jim Greenfield, among the deceased are Sean Hanczaryk, a senior, and Nicholas White, a 2020 graduate living in Allentown. Both were members of the DeSales baseball community; Hanczaryk as a current player and White as a recent graduate.

Brandon Dichiacchio, a senior and currently on the baseball roster, sustained significant injuries and is in critical condition. 

A third deceased victim, Emily Kattner, was a 2020 graduate of DeSales.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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