West Chester's Matt Baer drove an 0-2 pitch to the right-field wall with one out and runners on the corners in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Golden Rams a 5-4 victory over Shippensburg at the 2012 PSAC Baseball Tournament in Butler, Pa., on Friday night.
With the win, West Chester (36-10) advances to a 10 a.m. Saturday rematch with Shippensburg (32-30) in an elimination game. The Golden Rams earlier defeated Slippery Rock, 15-6, in a morning elimination.
Righthanded reliever Matt McAllister (Archbishop Wood) notched 11 strikeouts and scattered four hits over 62/3 innings of shutout ball to improve to 5-0 on the season.
In a 100-pitch gem in which he faced just three batters over the minimum, Temple righthander Dan Moller got the Owls' first complete game of the year - and his first win in over three years - in a 3-1 win over Dayton in Ambler.
Flyers starter Mike Hauschild also pitched a complete game in a losing effort.
Temple's Matt Elko was 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, while David Hall went 2 for 4.
Xavier opened up a 5-0 lead after six innings with four unearned runs in handing La Salle a 5-1 defeat at home. Jeff Flax, Adam Kammler, and George Smith Jr. all had two hits for the Explorers.
Eric Van Wyk (Garnet Valley) went 51/3 innings, struck out three, and allowed just one earned run, but took the loss.
ACADEMIC STARS: The University of the Sciences, Philadelphia University, Lincoln University, and Chestnut Hill College were among 24 institutions given the Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence, honoring programs with a four-year graduation rate of 90 percent.
The University of the Sciences was second-highest nationally, with a 98 percent graduation rate. Philadelphia graduated 95 percent, Lincoln 93 percent, and Chestnut Hill 90 percent of its athletes.
BASKETBALL: Donovon Jack, a 6-foot-9 forward from Berks Catholic (formerly Holy Name) signed an NCAA letter of intent with Penn State.
Akosa Maduegbunam, a 6-3 guard from Boston, and 6-8 forward Brandon Taylor (Trenton Catholic) signed earlier. They will be joined by 6-3 guard D.J. Newbill (Strawberry Mansion), who transferred from Southern Mississippi.
HONORS: Rachel Dirksen (Abington), a Messiah midfielder; Rachel Coyle (Souderton), a Messiah defender; and Jen Czarnecki (St. Hubert), Alvernia's goalkeeper, were named first team all-Commonwealth Conference in women's lacrosse. Eastern midfielder Courtney Reinhold, attack Jocelyn Paul, and Suzannah McNamara were named first-team all-Freedom Conference.
Softball star Erin Gallagher (St. Basil) and trackman Kevin McDonnell (Camden Catholic) were named recipients of St. Joseph's Class of 1950 Award, as the university's top graduating student-athletes.
St. Joe's junior Casey Robinson was named to the Atlantic Ten women's tennis first team after setting a school record with 23 wins.
Temple's Yana Mavrina also was named to the first team.