PHILADELPHIA - Battling for 13 innings on Tuesday afternoon, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team's 11-game winning streak was snapped, falling 4-2 versus Saint Joseph's in the second round of the Liberty Bell Classic.
Penn (15-11) managed just six hits in the game, but saw good pitching performances by a number of pitchers, totaling 18 strikeouts. The Quakers were just not able to execute consistently on offense throughout the game.
Quakers starter Jeff McGarry threw his scheduled three innings to begin the game, allowing one run, on three hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.
McGarry left the mound with a 2-1 lead after Penn was able to score in the second inning off of a Ryan Mincher RBI double, scoring Mike Vilardo, followed by a high-arcing, deep, solo home run over the centerfield fence in the third inning by Austin Bossart.
Brian Schwarzbach pitched three innings in relief following McGarry. The freshman right-hander pitched well, but allowed one run in the fifth inning following back-to-back hits, a wild pitch advancing the runners, and a passed ball. Schwarzbach struck out five.
Following Schwarzbach was senior reliever Cody Thomson, who was spectacular, giving Penn five innings of scoreless baseball, allowing only one hit and no walks, while striking out six. Thomson came on in the seventh, and faced only 16 batters after finishing the 11th inning.
Freshman Mike Reitcheck pitched a scoreless 12th inning before running into trouble in the 13th. The left-hander struggled from the get go in the top of the frame, allowing a double and a home run in the first two batters. He would go on to load the bases, before senior Pat Bet and junior Stephen Silvestri combined to get three outs, allowing no more runs to score.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's (16-9) advances to the final of the Liberty Bell Classic to be held at Citizens Bank Park.
Up next, Penn will play Saint Peter's (7-20) on Wednesday, April 9, at Meiklejohn Stadium, beginning at 3:30 p.m.