PBR - Owls' starter Matt Hockenberry pitched well, but his bullpen surrendered three runs over the final four innings as Old Dominion toppled Temple in the season opener on Friday for both clubs in Norfolk, Virgina, 5-4.

Tied at 4 in the bottom of the 10th, the Monarchs (1-0) pieced together a pair of hits off Brian Sustersic to plate the winning run.

Hockenberry tossed 5 2/3 innings, surrendering a pair of runs on four hits.

The Owls (0-1) jumped on the board in the opening frame with runs off a Jabir Khan RBI-single and a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt. Khan, Jordan Queja and Taylor Juran each collected a pair of hits in the loss. [Box Score]

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#6 Arkansas 11   Villanova 5
Arkansas delivered a devastating blow to the Wildcats early, scoring six runs in the first inning and ultimately taking a 9-0 lead before 'Nova answered with a run in the fifth. Kyle Helisek surrendered nine hits and nine runs over 3 1/3 innings to take the loss. Matt Fleishman collected a pair of hits, including a grand slam in the seventh, to pace the 'Nova offense. [Box Score]

Bryant 4   St. Joseph's 1
Bryant jumped on Hawks' starter Kyle Mullen early with four runs in the first and that proved to be all the Bulldogs would need. Chris Hueth scored the Hawks lone run in the second on an RBI-double by Tommy Cunningham. Shane Carey and Mike Muha combined for four scoreless innings out of the Hawks' bullpen.  [Box Score]

Saturday's Schedule: Temple vs. Old Dominion (DH - Sunday's contest moved to Saturday due to impending weather), LaSalle vs. Davidson, St. Joseph's vs. Canisius, Villanova vs. Arkansas.

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