Weekend Preview
Many of the college baseball programs in the Philadelphia region will open their season this weekend, so here's a preview to get you ready for the first pitch. 

Division 1 
Villanova is putting in the miles to open the season, opening a three-game set in Malibu on Friday afternoon (4:30 pm) against Pepperdine. The series marks the first time the two programs have faced each other. Junior left-hander Danny Wilkinson is expected to start the opener for the Wildcats. 

Saint Joseph's hosts Quinnipiac on Friday (1:00 pm) to open a three-game series. It's one of the earliest starts to a home schedule in program history. Right-hander Ian McCole will start the opener. The Hawks return an experienced lineup and are considered to be a contender in the Atlantic 10. 

Division 2 
West Chester opens with a doubleheader against The College of Saint Rose on Saturday (12 pm) in a tournament in Dinwiddie, VA. The Rams have won eight of their last ten contests against the Golden Knights. 

USciences will host Bloomberg for a doubleheader on Saturday at Father Judge High School with first pitch scheduled for noon. The Devils were ranked fifth in the CACC Preseason Coaches Poll. 

Division 3 
Arcadia opens the season on Saturday at the Diamond Invitational in Fayetteville, NC with contests against Methodist (2 pm) and Messiah (5 pm). 

Head coach David Miller will make his coaching debut with Penn State Abington on Saturday (1 pm) when the Nittany Lions open a two-game set at Guilliford. Abington reached the NEAC Championship last season. 

Cabrini split a two-game series with Messiah last weekend. The Cavs will face Catholic in a doubleheader on Saturday (12 pm). Gil Peralta led the Cavs in the opening series, finishing 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI's. 

Gwynedd Mercy will open on Saturday (12 pm) with a contest at Kean. The Griffins finished 5-16 last season and enter this year slotted fifth in the AEC Preseason Poll. 

Rosemont will make its program debut on Saturday with a doubleheader (11 am) with Penn State Brandywine. Ross Trachtenberg, a former assistant coach at West Chester, is at the helm.

Swarthmore gets going on Saturday with a doubleheader (12 pm) at Montclair St. The Garnet have not played a game since the start of the pandemic. 

Widener has a tough task this weekend, playing a doubleheader on Saturday with contests against SUNY Cortland (10 am) and No. 1 ranked Salisbury (2 pm). The Pride will then face Marymount on Sunday. Widener enters the weekend with an 0-3 mark.

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