MERION STATION, Pa. – Saint Joseph’s senior Kyle Mullen (Berwyn, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep) set a new school record for wins in a career and junior Jimmy Yacabonis (Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) notched his single-season record eighth save of the season as the SJU baseball team topped Xavier, 2-1, at Smithson Field on Friday afternoon.
Mullen notched the 20th win of his career, breaking a tie with Jed Johnson, who won 19 games between 1993 and 1996. He also broke the Saint Joseph’s record for innings pitched in a career, surpassing the 305.2 of Randy Mower, who pitched for the Hawks from 2007 to 2010.
Mullen, also the program’s all-time leader in strikeouts, is the second Hawk to eclipse the 200-strikeout mark for his career and the second Hawk to toss over 300 innings. However, he is the first SJU pitcher to have eclipsed both marks in his career.
MERION STATION, Pa. - Sophomores Daniel Thorpe, Mike Muha, and Steven Schuler combined to allow just two runs as the Saint Joseph's baseball team advanced to the championship game of the 2012 Liberty Bell Classic by topping Delaware, 3-2, on the Maguire Campus on Tuesday afternoon.
The Hawks, who reached the title game for the first time since 2003, will meet Penn at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, April 17. The Quakers defeated La Salle, 9-4, on Tuesday to set up the championship tilt at the home of the National League's Philadelphia Phillies.
PHILADELPHIA - Senior Kevin Christy (Hatfield, PA / North Penn) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning but visiting Richmond got its first hits, and runs, in that inning to beat La Salle, 2-1, on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Hank DeVincent Field. Christy (1-1) suffered the hard-luck loss, allowing two earned runs in seven innings. He scattered four hits and struck out eight.
The right-hander leads the Atlantic 10 in strikeouts and kept the nation’s top home run hitting team to just one base-runner in the first six innings. Only that second inning walk kept Christy from perfection.
The North Penn graduate is six strikeouts away from moving into third on La Salle’s all-time list. He has 193 in his four year career.
PHILADELPHIA - La Salle broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Richmond, 5-2, on Friday afternoon at Hank DeVincent Field. Senior Jeff Flax (North Potomac, MD / St. John’s College HS) had two of La Salle’s six hits, while senior Eric Van Wyk (Garnet Valley, PA / Garnet Valley) allowed just one earned run in 6.1 innings for the Explorers.
The win was the ninth in the past 11 games for La Salle.
Junior Pat Christensen (La Jolla, CA/ La Jolla), La Salle’s all-time leader in saves, pitched the ninth for his A-10 leading seventh save. Freshman Mike McLeod (Croyden, PA / Harry S Truman) struck out three in 1.2 innings of relief for his second win of the spring.
EASTON, Pa. – The La Salle baseball team scored nine runs in its final four at-bats to defeat Lafayette, 11-2, in the first round of the Liberty Bell Classic on Tuesday at Kamine Stadium. The Explorers move on to visit Penn next Tuesday in the LBC semifinals, with the championship game to be contested at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, April 10.
Five Explorers (14-10) had multiple hits, led by seniors Brendan Norton and Marc Schoch, who totaled three each. Norton doubled and scored three times, while Schoch had a pair of doubles and drove in two.
Junior Joe Bennie homered, doubled and drove in three runs while seniors Jeff Flax and Adam Kammler each had two hits for the victors.
ARLINGTON, VA – La Salle junior closer Pat Christensen (La Jolla, CA / La Jolla) set the program’s all-time save record with the 30th of his career as the Explorers defeated George Washington, 2-1, to complete yesterday’s suspended game on Saturday at Barcroft Park. The Blue and Gold dropped the night cap, 6-4, but still captured the series victory in the Atlantic 10 opener.
Christensen broke the school record set by Gerard Breslin, who saved 29 games from 2004-07. The 30 saves are also a Big 5 and Atlantic 10 record.
ARLINGTON, VA – Junior Pat Christensen (La Jolla, CA / La Jolla) tied La Salle’s all-time saves record as the Explorers defeated George Washington, 7-4, on Friday in game one of a doubleheader at Barcroft Park. The night cap was suspended in the top of the seventh inning with the Colonials leading 1-0. Play will resume on Saturday at 1 PM prior to the regularly scheduled game three.
La Salle’s victory spoiled the first game at the newly renovated Barcroft Park, which received a multi-million dollar facelift in the offseason.
For Christensen, it was career save number 29, which ties him with Gerard Breslin (2004-07) on La Salle’s all-time list.
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.