Explorers falter late; Quakers pick up first win of season

La Salle fell to The Citadel, despite Chase Arnold's hot bat
Chase Arnold hit a grand slam in the opening inning, but for the second day in a row, La Salle couldn't hold on to an early lead, dropping an 8-7 decision at The Citadel on Saturday.

Eight different Explorers posted a hit in the game. Arnold finished 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs to lead the way.

The Citadel broke a 7-7 tie in the eighth with a two-out RBI-single by Taylor Cothran.

Niko Jenkins took the loss for the Explorers.

Northwestern St. 8, Penn 2 (GM. 1)
Penn starter Christian Scafidi allowed seven runs on eight hits through his six and two-thirds innings. Freshman Brendan Bean closed out the final inning and a third, giving up just one run on four hits.

Matt McGeagh homered in the losing effort.

Penn 8, Northwestern St. 5 (GM. 2)
The Quakers bats exploded for a five-run fifth inning en route to victory. Sean Phelan collected two hits and drove in a pair.

Jack Hartman notched the win, going seven innings while surrendering three runs on six hits.

Portland 6, Saint Joseph's 1 (GM. 1)
Charlie Concannon and James McConnon combined for five hits to pace the Hawks offense, but the rest of the offense sputtered. Tim Brennan surrendered six runs over five innings, though he picked up seven strikeouts.

Portland 9, Saint Joseph's 2 (GM. 2)
Brendon Hueth collected two hits in the losing effort. Starter Justin Aungst notched seven strikeouts in five innings while surrendering two runs.

“We haven't had a lead in the series, and it's a difficult game as it is, but even more so when we are constantly working out of a hole, " said Hawks head coach Fritz Hamburg. "Portland has been very aggressive offensively and is playing with no shortage of confidence. It's a long season; we just need to continue to work to stay with how we do things. Tomorrow is another day for us to get better. That's the only thing we have control of. Just as I felt yesterday, I'm excited for us to get back out there tomorrow and see how we respond as a collective group."

USC 12, Villanova 6
The Trojans scored five runs in the opening frame off Mike Sgaramella and never really looked back. John Heilenbach collected two hits for the Wildcats and scored a pair of runs while Timothy Lilly drove in three.
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