La Salle comes close to knocking off Kansas State
La Salle put up a valiant effort taking leads in the ninth and tenth inning but fell to Kansas State, 11-10, in an eleven inning battle on the road Saturday night.

Trailing, 8-6, in the top of the ninth inning, La Salle worked its magic and stormed back to take a one-run lead with Connor Hinchliffe crossing the plate on a passed ball. The Explorers were one out away from victory before the Wildcats tied it to force extra innings.

La Salle went on top again in the top of the 10th, but once more, Kansas State answered to send the game to the 11th, where the Wildcats claimed the victory.

Brian Dudeck had several career highs on the day with three hits and five RBI. He also homered, doubled, and scored a pair of runs. Ben Faso, Chase Arnold, and Austin Constantini each collected three hits in the losing effort.

The 18 hits were the most for La Salle since April 8, 2016, when the Explorers managed 19 hits against Fordham.

With one down in the top of the ninth, Arnold ripped a double down the left field line, and Yan Carlo Rivera entered as a pinch runner. Dudeck followed with a single to put runners on the corners for Hinchliffe, who drove home Rivera on an RBI single to bring La Salle within a run.

After a single by Brett Simon made the bases loaded, Tommy Toal reached on a fielder's choice, as Dudeck scored the tying run. In the next at-bat, Hinchliffe ran home on a wild pitch to propel the Explorers in front, 9-8.

With two outs in the top of the 10th, Rivera singled, and then two batters later came around to score on an RBI single by Dylan Evans, giving La Salle a 10-9 advantage.

C.J. Pruitt failed twice to shut down the Wildcats bats, surrendering two runs on four hits over a pair of innings.

Mike Anthony was saddled with the loss, surrendering the game-winning RBI-double.

Dartmouth 12, Villanova 7
Ryan Toohers continued to swing a hot bat, driving in three via three hits, but the Dartmouth offense proved too much in a 12-7 loss at North Charlotte Regional Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats jumped ahead with a three-run third, but the Big Green scored 11 runs over the next five frames to put the contest out of reach.

David Gulati had two hits and two runs scored to lead a 13-hit day for the Villanova offense. John Heilenbach and Timothy Lilly also had two hits apiece.

Wildcats starter Jonathan Rosero was charged with three earned runs over four innings. He surrendered four hits while walking one and striking out two.

Wofford 7, Penn 6
The Quakers jumped ahead to a five-run lead but the bullpen faltered surrendering four runs in the eighth en route to a 7-6 loss to Wofford.

Matt McGeagh hit a three-run homer for Penn in the opening frame. He added a solo-shot in the sixth and finished the afternoon with three hits and four RBI. Sean Phelan chipped in with a homer of his own in the third. Chris Adams and Eduardo Malinowski each collected two hits apiece.

Christian Scafidi pitched well for the Quakers, surrendering three runs on nine hits over seven innings. He walked none and struck out five.

Grant Guillory was saddled with the loss after surrendering a two-run single in the eighth. John Alan Kendrick failed to record an out in the eighth, surrendering three runs on three hits.

Pepperdine 11, Saint Joseph's 2
Charlie Concannon had two hits and an RBI, but a five-run fifth inning led Pepperdine to an 11-2 win over Saint Joseph’s at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Tim Johnson and James McConnon each collected two hits for the Hawks.

Hayden Seig battled control issues, issuing three walks while surrendering for hits and four runs over four innings. Brian Edgington also struggled on the mound, surrendering four runs on two hits while recording only an out.
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