Saint Joseph's fends off late Portland rally to secure first win

Marc Giacalone scored three runs in Saint Joseph's first win of season
Following a rough start to the weekend, the Saint Joseph's offense collected 12 hits on Sunday afternoon en route to a 9-8 win over Portland. The win ensured the Hawks avoided a series sweep.

James McConnon had three hits for Saint Joseph's, while Charlie Concannon and Brendan Hueth added two more and Marc Giacalone scored three runs.

"That was a big win for us; I was proud of the way we stayed with things today in some very tough conditions," head coach Fritz Hamburg said. "A lot of young guys got their first opportunities, and to come away with a win after the way the first three games went made me proud of the way the guys responded. As I alluded to yesterday, I was excited to see how we would respond and I thought we got better at competing today. We still have a long way to go, but today was a step in the right direction."

The Hawks carried a 9-4 lead into the eighth before Portland answered back with four runs to make things interesting, three coming via a Cody Hawken home run.

Despite surrendering all four runs in the eighth, Brian Edington secured the win and Ryan Devine notched his first collegiate save.

La Salle 6, The Citadel 4
Seven different players recorded a hit for La Salle (3-4), including three with multi-hit games. Chase Arnold homered for the second straight game and scored three runs to pace the Explorers on offense.

Colin Kennedy made his second start on the mound and was strong over 4.1 innings, finishing with five strikeouts while giving up just one earned run on five hits.

Mike Anthony picked up the win for La Salle while Connor Hinchliffe secured the save.

USC 12, Villanova 6
Villanova jumped out to an early lead, but the USC offense proved to be too much. Ryan Toohers collected the Wildcats lone RBI with a sacrifice fly in the second inning and later crossed the plate in the sixth. He also collected a pair of walks in the losing effort.

Starting pitcher Ryan Doty was charged with four earned runs on seven hits over the first five innings. He walked three and struck out three in his second start of the season.

Sunday afternoon’s series finale wrapped up the Wildcats first-ever trip to the state of California. It is only the seventh time in the program’s 153-year history that Villanova traveled west of the Mississippi River.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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