Philadelphia College Baseball Weekly Notebook: La Salle feeling some pressure, plus Cabrini and Immaculata set for key series

It's tough to say any series at this point in the college baseball season is a must win, but La Salle is facing a St. Bonaventure club this weekend that has just three wins this season. Given that the Explorers were swept in the first weekend of conference play, it's crucial the club puts up a good showing so as to not fall too far behind in the A-10 standings.

The Explorers snapped a four-game skid with a 12-2 victory over Delaware State on Wednesday. Junior Ryan Guckin homered twice and drove in five runs as La Salle piled up 16 hits. Sophomore Mike Jenkins won his third straight game on the mound, allowing just one run over five innings.

Senior Ben Faso picked up his 100th career RBI in the victory. He has 31 on the season.

Remaining in the A-10, Saint Joseph's has an opportunity to distance themselves near the top of the standings with a three-game set against George Washington. The Hawks have won eight of their last ten.

Dominic Cuoci is one of the hottest bats in the city right now, hitting .351 on the season with 19 RBIs.

Penn at home
The Quakers host Brown for a doubleheader on Saturday and a single contest on Sunday. Penn is one of only two Ivy League schools to have an overall record over .500 (Harvard being the other). Brown is 4-15 on the season and lost two-of-three to Yale last weekend.

West Chester slide
The Rams fell to No. 18 in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Top 25, a nine-spot drop from where the club sat last week. The club also lost to Wilmington this week in the first round of the Bill Giles Invitational, 18-4.

Expect West Chester to come out firing this weekend in a four-game set with conference foe Lock Haven.

A D-III Series to Watch
Cabrini (15-4) is riding a seven-game winning streak and is undefeated in conference play and will play host to Immaculata (10-5) in a doubleheader on Saturday. The Macs were in the midst of an eight-game winning streak of their own before dropping contests this week to Ursinus and Rowan.

The two clubs sit one-and-two at the top of the Atlantic East standings.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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