Another gem from SJU's DiValerio; Penn wins season opener

Jordan DiValerio lifts Saint Joseph's to a win
Jordan DiValerio pieced together another strong outing for Saint Joseph's, collecting 10 strikeouts over six innings to lift the Hawks to a 5-1 win over North Carolina Central on Friday.

Langston Livingston hit a two-run homer in the sixth while Nate Thomas finished 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Luke Zimmerman picked up the save, tossing three scoreless innings while collecting three strikeouts.

In Other Action

Penn 10, Kennesaw State 7
Craig Larsen hit a solo-shot in the opening frame to set the tone and the Quakers jumped ahead to a 6-0 lead en route to their first Opening Day win since 2010.

Jackson Peterson and Chris Adams also homered in the contest for the Quakers. Adams finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Josh Hood collected three hits in the winning effort.

Christian Scafidi walked five but didn't surrender an earned run over six innings to pick up the win. Brendan Bean picked up the save.

Wake Forest 7, La Salle 4
David Smith paced the Explorers offense with a pair of hits while Dylan Maria drove in a pair with a pinch-hit triple. Colin Kennedy was roughed up in the loss, surrendering four runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings.

Northeastern 7, Villanova 4
Lucas Latrenta finished the afternoon with a pair of hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs in the losing effort. Chris Rotondo finished 2-for-2 with a run scored and three walks. Jimmy Kingsbury pitched well for the Wildcats, surrendering two runs on six hits over six innings. He didn't issue a walk and struck out six. Cameron Mathes took the loss, surrendering three runs - one earned - on two hits.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
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