Villanova baseball opened its 2020 season with a three-game series against perennial powerhouse Arizona State in Phoenix. The ‘Cats lost two of three against the Sun Devils but surprised many with their performance. They start the season with a record of 1-2.
Opening day of the season saw junior righthander Jimmy Kingsbury take the mound. Kingsbury and the Arizona State pitcher matched each other in the first three innings, both putting up scoreless frames. The tie was broken in the fourth, when ASU’s Spencer Torkelson, who many experts project to be taken first overall in the MLB draft this June, hit a solo home run to give the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead.
‘Nova would answer in the fifth inning, when senior Tim Lilly hit a single and scored sophomore Will Reiner. The Sun Devils would rally off Kingsbury in the seventh, when three runs came around to score and gave them a 4-1 lead. Kingsbury ended his day with an impressive line of 6.1 innings pitched, giving up four runs on five hits and striking out five. The Wildcats would get runners on base in the following innings, but failed to capitalize, losing the season opener 4-1.
Game two saw…