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It was a rough opening day for two of Philly's Division I baseball programs. 

Saint Joseph's was throttled by Duke, 16-0. 

The Hawks collected just four hits on the afternoon in the loss. The Blue Devils carried a four-run lead into the fifth inning before breaking the contest open with a five-run frame. 

Domenic Picone took the loss surrendering six runs (four earned) over four innings. He gave up four hits, walked a pair, and whiffed six. 

Duke amassed nine extra base hits on the day, including a pair of homers, two triples, and five doubles. 

Offensively, the Hawks combined for 16 strikeouts on the afternoon. 

Villanova lost both ends of their doubleheader in Peoria, Ariz., first falling to Washington State, 7-0, then to UC Riverside, 7-2. 

Craig Larsen doubled in his debut for the Wildcats, while Sal Fusco surrendered six runs over 3 1/3 innings. He collected seven strikeouts but walked four and scattered four hits. 

AJ Hansen collected the only other hit in the contest for the Wildcats. 

In the nightcap, a six-run fourth inning - propelled by two Wildcat errors - proved to be the difference as the Highlanders cruised to a win. Devin Rivera took the loss, surrendering seven runs (three earned) over five innings. 

Luke Mutz, a graduate transfer from Swarthmore, hit a two-run homer for Villanova in the fourth. Larsen chipped in with a double while Jack O'Reilly finished 2-for-3 at the plate. 

Villanova will face Washington State again on Saturday night to complete their three-game set in Peoria.
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