The trip ended as positively as it could, with two wins on the final day. The pitching staff looked much more relaxed and efficient today and timely hitting was found up and down the lineup. We are heading back to the hotel now, so you can expect full recaps of both games a little later tonight.
7:10 p.m. In the bottom of the eighth, Matt Toffaletti reached on an infield single. He was forced out on a fielder’s choice off the bat of
A passed ball moved the runners into scoring position with one out. Matt Tellem, in his first collegiate at-bat, grounded out to second to drive in
After eight, Penn is up 12-1. Reid Terry is on for the ninth.
7:00 p.m. - In the bottom of the seventh, Penn put two more runs on the board when Mike Mariano singled for the second inning in a row. He drove in Dan Williams who had reached via infield single. Steve Gable scored Mariano with a double all the way to the wall in left-center.
Jeremy Maas is in for Penn now on the mound and retired the side in order in the eighth with three groundball outs.
6:35 p.m. After six innings, Penn leads 9-1. Mike Mariano started the inning with a single. Adrian Lorenzo followed with a base hit of his own. Steve Gable laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. Kyle Armeny drove in Mariano with a single. With runners on first and second, both men stole a base to put two in scoring position. Toffaletti drove them both home with a single to make the score 9-1.
On another note, I just almost got hit by a foul ball from the field next to us. It landed with a loud “clang” on the bleachers right next to me. Thanks for the warning
6:18 p.m. -After five innings, the score is 6-1 in favor of the Red and Blue. The Quakers connected for four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Lorenzo singled up the middle and advanced to third when he stole second and hit third on an overthrow by the catcher. Armeny drove him in with a single. Toffaletti added a single of his own to put two runners on. Will
5:50 p.m. We have played three and a half innings so far in the final game of Penn’s trip to Florida, and the Quakers are on top, 2-1. NJIT got on the board first with a run in the top of the third when a walk by Binkiewicz was followed by a stolen base and then a sacrifice bunt. He scored when the third strike to Mike Turner got by Mike Mariano and went to the backstop, negating the strikeout.
Todd Roth has eight strikeouts through four innings.
4:00 p.m. Looks like we might try and get this second game in at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, which is fine by me.
Lineups are in. Penn is the home team again.
SP - Saporito
NJIT enters the game with a 2-8 record this season. As a team, the Highlanders are hitting .311 with Ricky Petrosino leading the way at .571 over seven games. First baseman Mike Turner leads those who have played in all ten games with a .316 average. He also tops the Highlanders with three home runs and nine RBI.
PJ Saporito has started three games for NJIT, appearing in four total and has a 1-2 record with a 3.52 ERA. He will take the mound today against the Quakers.
Penn will counter with sophomore Todd Roth. He is 1-0 over two starts in 2008. Last time out, he defeated
3:30 p.m. In the top of the eighth, Paul Cusick came in and retired the first two batters before getting in a little trouble. He hit Brown and gave up a single to Maloney, with Brown advancing to third on an error by Dan Williams. The next batter was Munoz. He lined a shot back at Cusick that the pitcher deflected down to the ground with his glove. Cusick recovered to toss an underhand throw to Armeny at first to retire the Chargers. Reid Terry came on in the ninth to finish things off, shutting down Dominican in order, with two strikeouts. Final score, Penn 7 Dominican 1. The Quakers are back on the field at 5 p.m. against NJIT.
3:00 p.m. The Quakers got to Bohan immediately to start the bottom of the seventh. Dan Williams reached on an infield single when he beat out a throw from short. Steve Gable followed with a single of his own to right field. Kyle Armeny then connected with a Bohan offering, sending it over the right-field fence for a three-run homer, his first of the season and the team’s first as well. Matt Toffaletti reach on a single before being retired on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Will Davis. William Gordon added a double down the left-field line. Tom Grandieri, still in at DH singled home
2:47 p.m. Jeremy Mass relieved D’Agostini to start the seventh inning. He retired the Chargers in order with a strikeout of Cruz sandwiched between a pair of groundouts to third. William Gordon made two nice plays charging slow bouncers and made strong throws to first to retire the hitters. We are entering the bottom of the seventh now and Dominican has gone to the bullpen as well. Brendan Bohan is on the mound for the Chargers now. He is making his second appearance for Dominican and has one scoreless inning to his credit in 2008.
2:35 p.m. Tom Grandieri came on to get the first out of the inning, a ground-out to second and was done for the day on the mound. John D'Agostini came on in relief and after allowing a single to Munoz, induced an inning-ending double play to short. Dan Williams did a good job corralling the bouncer up the middle and stepping on second to force out Munoz while getting a throw off on the run. Kyle Armeny did just as good a job picking the throw on one hop.
2:30 p.m. After retiring the Chargers in order for the third straight inning, Penn came up in the bottom of the fifth and got the bats swinging. After Adrian Thomas ground out to first, Dan Williams blooped a single between the left fielder and shortstop. Steve Gable was up next and continued his hot ways, doubling home Williams who was off on the pitch as part of a hit-and-run. Kyle Armeny drove in Gable with a single through the hole into right field. The Quakers had a runner on third with two outs looking to extend the lead, but
2:10 p.m. After allowing a hit to Nelson Cruz, Grandieri got Iglesias to fly out to right field. The play was a designed hit-and-run by Dominican and Cruz was left in a cloud of dust at second base, helpless as Matt Toffaletti doubled him up at first base. The Quakers went 1-2-3 in their half of the fourth. After four innings the game is still tied 1-1.
1:53 p.m. Both teams scored a run in their half of the second inning. Dominican got on the board when Robert Iglesias scored Marc Mortellaro with a sacrifice fly. Mortellaro had reached via one of three walks in the inning by Grandieri.
The Quakers got the run back in the bottom of the second when Grandieri helped out his own cause. The sophomore reached on a throwing error by the shortstop Anthony Luciano. Adrian Lorenzo followed with a single to left-center. Grandieri hustled to third and Lorenzo followed speeding into second. The relay throw from Luciano missed second base and went all the way out of the field of play, allowing Grandieri to score and Lorenzo to reach third. Two groundouts squashed the rally, leaving the game tied 1-1 after two.
Grandierie retired the side in order in the top of the third, striking out Tommy Maloney and then getting Munoz to ground to second and Mann to line out to right. Quakers are up to bat right now.
1:31 p.m. The first inning has ended with neither team scoring a run. Dominican had runners on the corners with two outs on the heels of two walks and a stolen base, but Tom Grandieri induced a fielders choice, second to short, to end the inning. The Quakers had two runners of their own on in the bottom of the first thanks to a Kyle Armeny walk and Matt Toffaletti being hit by a pitch. Will
Also, we have a nice little soundtrack to the game today from a high school band and flag squad competition going on in the parking lot of Santaluces High School. Not quite sure who is winning, but more power to the guy walking around with the drum in this heat...
12:20 p.m. We have the lineups for the first game between Penn and Dominican (NY). The Quakers are going with a lineup very similar to the one which would have been on the field last night, with the only change being at pitcher. Sophomore transfer Tom Grandieri will make his first start for the Red and Blue after two appearances out of the bullpen. For the game, Penn will be the home team and will bat in the bottom of the first.
Dan Williams SS
Steve Gable 2B
Kyle Armeny 1B
Matt Toffaletti RF
William Gordon 3B
Tom Grandieri P
Adrian Lorenzo LF
Adrian Thomas CF
Grandieri has a 2.70 ERA over his two prior outings, allowing two runs only one earned over 3.1 innings while striking out three. He is the only left-handed pitcher on the staff.
Steve Gable is one of four Quakers to start all six games so far in 2008 and he leads the Red and Blue in batting with a .391 average. He also paces the Quakers with nine hits and five RBI. Will
The lineup for Dominican (NY)
Dan Robinson CF
Sean Brown RF
Tommy Maloney 1B
Michael Munoz 3B
Willie Mann 2B
Marc Mortellaro DH
Nelson Cruz LF
Robert Iglesias C
Anthony Luciano SS
SP Michael Mondesir
Looks like the Chargers are bringing Mondesir into the rotation from the bullpen. The senior right-hander is a big boy, 6-4 and 240 lbs. He was 2-0 over nine games, including two starts in 2007 with 26 strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA.
One other note, it appears that last night’s scheduled starter for Penn, Todd Roth will get the nod in game two against NJIT. Dominican (NY) features a few left-handed hitters in their lineup, making a matchup with Grandieri a more favorable one for
12:03 p.m. -The surface of field two at
Domincan is a Division II school which competes in the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference. So far in 2008, the Chargers are 2-3. Sean Brown leads the team offensively, batting .357 with a .609 on base percentage. He is also five-for-five when stealing a base. D.J. Stinsman leads the Chargers’ pitching staff with a 1-0 record over his two starts while not allowing a run. Michael Mondesir is a factor out of the bullpen for Dominican, striking out ten batters over seven innings over two relief appearances. I have not received word on who will start for Dominican yet, but will pass along his pertinent info before the game.