Friday College Recap: DiValerio impresses as Saint Joseph's knocks off No. 24 Ohio State

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Here is a recap of the Philadelphia-region D-I college baseball action from Friday. The day began with Saint Joseph's surprising nationally ranked (No. 24) Ohio State behind a stellar performance from hurler Jordan DiValerio.

Saint Joseph's 7, No. 24 Ohio State 3: Jordan DiValerio collected nine strikeouts and looked impressive through five innings, allowing just one unearned run on one hit. Langston Livingston delivered a three-run blast for the Hawks in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie. Brendan Hueth collected three hits on the afternoon, including a two-run shot in the ninth for insurance. James McConnon and Jake Artz collected two hits each in the victory.

Pitt 14, Saint Joseph's 8 (14 inn.): The Hawks battled back from a three-run deficit to ultimately take a one-run lead into the ninth behind a two-run double by Jake Artz. The Panthers answered in the ninth with reliever Brandon Drapeau surrendering a solo shot to force extras. Pitt put up a six-spot in the 14th to put the game out of reach. Noah Weber took the loss, surrendering four runs over 4 2/3 innings.

Furman 7, La Salle 5: The Explorers scored three runs in the final frame, but fell short in the season opener for both clubs. Freshman Buddy Weigel homered in what was his first college at-bat to give La Salle an early 1-0 lead. Ryan Guckin and Ross Mulhall each contributed two hits in the losing effort. Colin Scanlon took the loss, tossing 4 1/3 innings while surrendering three runs (none earned) on three hits and a walk. He struck out six but made a costly fielding error in the fifth ultimatly allowing Furman to plate three unanswered runs. Weigel finished with a pair of hits and two runs scored.

No. 9 Arizona State 4, Villanova 1: Jimmy Kingsbury was effective through six innings, but ran into some trouble against a potent Sun Devils offense in the seventh. He finished with 6 1/3 innings while surrendering four earned runs on five hits. A Tim Lilly single in the seventh evened the contest at 1-1, before ASU pounced in the bottom of the frame. Pat O'Neill and Ryan Toohers each finished with a pair of hits in the loss.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
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