PHILADELPHIA - Junior Dan Klem had three hits, including the game-winner in the bottom of the tenth as La Salle won its fourth straight game in walk-off fashion by beating Villanova, 5-4, on Tuesday at Hank DeVincent Field. Klem drove in two runs while senior Adam Kammler had two hits.
The Explorers (11-8) also captured walk-off wins in the 11th inning on Saturday versus Saint Peter's and Sunday versus New York Tech. Friday's win was in the ninth inning over Buffalo.
La Salle led 4-3 for most of the contest before Villanova tied the score with one out in the ninth off closer Pat Christensen
. An infield single and bloop single to center just out of the reach of a diving George Smith, Jr. gave the Wildcats first and third with one out. Matt Fleishman, who entered the game batting .455, drove a ball off the fence in left for an RBI double.
Christensen got out of the bases loaded jam with a big strikeout and flyout to center.
LU could not score in the ninth and senior Caolan Ronan
induced an inning-ending double-play to end the tenth with the go-ahead run in scoring position.
In the tenth, senior Marc Schoch
rallied from a 1-2 count to work a walk and junior Joe Bennie
walked as well. Senior Jon Gyles
was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Klem took a 1-0 pitch and drove it in the six-hole to give La Salle a 5-4 victory.
Ronan earned the victory to improve to 2-1, while Matt Longfield suffered the loss.
Most of the scoring was done in the first three innings. Villanova scored in the first on Fleishman's first RBI double before La Salle answered in the second with two runs via a Klem RBI single and a senior Zach Feierstein double.
Trailing 2-1, VU scored two in the third to take a 3-2 lead but the Blue and Gold scored two in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead.
Junior Shane Petrellis
pitched four shutout innings of relief of junior starter Ryan Donahue
. Max Almonte pitched six innings for Villanova (13-8), allowing three earned runs.
Paul Rambaud had three hits, while four other Wildcats had multiple base knocks.
The Explorers are back in action on Wednesday when they host Temple at 3 PM.