Villanova falls in walk-off fashion following disastrous ninth inning

JP Radvany hit a pair of homers for Villanova
Villanova fell behind early and battled to even things late, but a pair of errors by Daniel Gulati and an errant pickoff throw in the final frame allowed Lafayette to win Monday's Liberty Bell Classic quarterfinal in walk-off fashion, 7-6.

JP Radvany contributed a pair of two-run homers for Wildcats in the losing effort.

Tied heading into the ninth, Tyler Arella surrendered a leadoff walk to Luke Robinson and John Marti launched a fly-ball to center field that Gulati dropped. Arella then attempted a pickoff play at second base but made an errant throw that landed in center before being booted by Gulati.

“You never know what’s going to happen when you come to the baseball park,” Lafayette head coach Joe Kinney said. “Our guys had the extra comfort level of being at home today and we were glad to pick up the win at home and keep our momentum going.”

Penn 4, Saint Joseph's 4 (Suspended)
Darkness halted this quarterfinal contest after nine innings. No official word on a date for resumption.

Trailing by a run entering the ninth, Andrew Murnane worked a leadoff walk before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. He eventually crossed the plate on an Eduardo Malinowski single to left.

Malinowski and Sean Phelan paced the Quakers offense with two hits each.

For the Hawks, Matt Maul hit a two-run home run in the third to give Saint Joseph's a 2-1 advantage. He had two hits on the afternoon.

Originally slated for Penn's Meiklejohn Stadium, the contest was moved to Smithson Field due to poor field conditions from last week's snowstorm.

The Hawks are serving as the visiting team and will be due to bat in the top of the 10th inning when play resumes.

Delaware 7, La Salle 3
The Explorers jumped ahead in the opening frame, but the Blue Hens offense was persistent throughout the afternoon en route to victory.

Brian Dudek accounted for two of La Salle's five hits on the afternoon. Austin Constantini scored twice, walked once, and stole a base in the losing effort.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
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