Monday, February 23, 2015

College Weekend Review: Explorers end weekend on high note


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
February 22 2015, 9:00 PM EST.
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Cameron Johnson drilled an RBI-double down the left field line in the 15th inning on Sunday to lift La Salle past Charleston Southern at CSU Ballpark, 9-8.

The Explorers (4-3) entered the final frame ahead by a run, but a two-out RBI-single from Brandon Burris evened the contest and forced extras.

Trailing 4-2 heading into the eighth, La Salle scored six runs highlighted by a game-tying two-run homerun by Ryan Welling. Johnson added an RBI-single to push the Explorers to a 5-4 lead. Josh Savakinus added a two-run double in the frame and Mark Williams chipped in with an RBI-single to give the Explorers an 8-4 lead.

Charleston Southern answered with three runs in the home portion of the eighth before Burris evened things in the ninth.

The Explorers escaped the weekend splitting their four games, dropping Friday's series opener to Charleston Southern and Saturday's early contest to nationally-ranked Virginia, before ending the trip with a pair of victories.

La Salle is scheduled to visit Lafayette on Tuesday and then travel south for a weekend series against Lipscomb.

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Saint Joseph's won its series opener against Loyola Marymount on Friday, but dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday.

John Brue hit a solo homer in the seventh inning on Friday to lift the Hawks (1-2) to a season opening win. Stefan Kancylarz collected five hits on the weekend to pace the offense.

Hawks' starters Tyler Pallante, Pat Vanderslice, and Tim Ponto combined to allow just three earned runs during the series over 12 2/3 innings of work.

The Hawks travel to USC Upstate for a three-game series set to begin Friday.

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Villanova opened its weekend with a win over Northwestern in the Irish Alamo Invitational before dropping three straight to end the tournament.

The Wildcats (1-5) head to Florida this weekend to participate in the annual Snowbird Classic. 

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