Errors prove costly in extras for La Salle; Hinchliffe collects four hits

Connor Hinchliffe led the La Salle attack on Friday
Holding a three-run lead with one out in the ninth inning, La Salle (2-3) faltered allowing The Citadel to even the contest, 6-6, to force extra innings.

In the 15th inning, The Citadel scored on a pair of errors to take a 7-6 win.

Connor Hinchliffe went 4-for-7 with two runs and an RBI double. He also made his collegiate pitching debut, needing just eight pitches to get the Explorers through the eighth inning.

Austin Constantini went 2-for-3 with three RBI and four walks. Matt Holt got the start on the bump and went five innings, allowing just two earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts.

Leading, 6-3, heading to the bottom of the ninth, Constantini took the mound attempting to earn his second save of the season. He struck out the first batter looking, but The Citadel rallied from there.

Andrew Judkins reached on a single to left to give the Bulldogs an opportunity in the bottom half of the 15th. With two outs, Judkins advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw by reliever C.J. Pruitt and scampered home on another poor throw on the same play that skipped into the Explorers bullpen.

Northwestern State 2, Penn 1 (12 innings)
Gabe Kleiman and Mitchell Holcomb combined for 11 innings on the mound for the Quakers (0-1), 15 strikeouts, and just one run.

The winning run scored on a John Alan Kendrick throwing error in the 12th.

Chris Adams collected two hits in the losing effort.

Portland 8, Saint Joseph's 0
With flurries falling, the Hawks (0-1) stumbled in the fourth inning surrendering four runs and never bounced back.

Hayden Seig surrendered four runs on five hits over three innings, and Jose Martinez sputtered, allowing four runs over two innings of relief.

USC 15, Villanova 6
The Wildcats (3-1) jumped ahead to an early lead, but the Trojans put up 10-runs in the fourth inning and cruised to the win.

Timothy Lilly was one of three players who had multi-hit games for the Wildcats, and his RBI double down the right-field line with two outs in the top of the second inning opened the scoring in the game. Pat O’Neill followed with a run-scoring single through the left side which gave Villanova a 2-0 advantage.

Relievers Jason Applegate and Cameron Mathes combined for seven strikeouts while giving up just a run on two hits over 3 1/3 innings of work for Villanova.

Jack Esp, Tyler Arella, and Connor McCarthy combined to walk seven batters while surrendering seven runs without recording a single out.
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