For the second time this week, Penn scored double digits in runs in one inning to erase a late lead. On Wednesday, the Red and Blue scored 11 runs in the seventh inning to defeat Lehigh, 11-10. On Sunday, the Quakers scored 13 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to stun the Columbia Lions, 15-9.
With the win, Penn completed a sweep of the doubleheader against
The story of game two as eerily similar to the way the majority of Penn’s season went. The Quakers took an early lead and then watched it slip away in the middle innings. This time, it was a four-run fourth inning that rendered an early 2-0 Penn lead moot. Along the way, Geoff Whitaker shut down the Quaker bats, allowing just four hits over the middle five innings.
The final nail in the coffin of Penn’s season appeared to be in place after the Quakers allowed three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 9-2 lead. All three of the runs in the seventh were unearned – three of five free runs allowed on the day by
As the Quakers prepared to take their cuts in the bottom of the eighth inning, the near capacity crowd at Meiklejohn Stadium had no reason to believe they were about to witness the outburst that occurred.
Well, no reason except the Quakers had done something similar only four days earlier.
The inning started simply enough. After throwing 125 pitches, Whitaker was relieved by Harrison Slutsky. Will
A double from Tom Grandieri and a walk to Derek Vigoa were sandwiched between strikeouts from James Mraz and William Gordon. Designated hitter Jeremy Maas then walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. A second full-count walk, this one from Dan Williams scored a run to cut the lead to 9-4.
Adrian Lorenzo came through with the first pressure-packed hit of the inning, singling to left-center to drive in two runs and cut the deficit to three. That was all for Slutsky and Joey Mizzoni came in to try and stop the bleeding. The first batter Mizzoni faced was Mike Mariano. The catcher worked a walk to reload the bases. That brought up
Mizzoni then walked Mraz to again load the bases. Mizzoni’s day was done and Brian Valero came out of the bullpen. Facing Grandieri, a pitch from Valero sailed wide and scored the tying run. Grandieri eventually walked, bringing up Vigoa.
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Vigoa advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an error by the first baseman on a grounder from Gordon. Dan Williams added a two-run double and Lorenzo scored him with a fielder’s choice to cap a wild inning.
The final numbers from the nearly 50-minute long half inning are astounding. Penn batted around twice, with 18 batters stepping to the plate.
The magical inning made a winner out of Reid Terry, who pitched four innings of relief. He allowed four runs, but all were unearned. He struck out six Lions en route to his second win of the year.
The win ensured Penn’s first series win in the Ivy League in 2009. The Quakers won the first game, 11-5. Vince Voiro pitched 6.1 innings for his second win of the year. He breezed through the majority of the game, allowing just two runs through six innings before the Lions scored three off him in the seventh.
He could afford those runs thanks to the support of his offense. The Red and Blue scored four in the first inning as the Quakers batted around to start the day. The Quakers had three doubles in the inning, with Williams’ scoring two runs.
Penn added four more in the fourth inning. William Gordon hit his 10th home run of the season to drive in three of those runs. Three more runs in the fifth inning provided more than enough insurance for Voiro.
In the opener, Grandieri was a monster. He was 4-for-4 with three doubles, three runs scored and two RBI. He scored five total runs on the day and had four total doubles. He finished the season with 19 doubles – second-most in a season by a Penn player.
Vigoa was 5-for-9 over the twin bill with five runs scored and five RBI. Williams also drove in five runs on Sunday.
Over the four games against
Penn’s season is now complete. The Quakers will graduate one senior, catcher and tri-captain Jeff Celluci. He was honored in between games of the doubleheader.
No doubt he will be watching next season as the young pitching staff he tutored in 2009 matures and attempts to match the power with which the Quaker offense exerted itself over the course of this season.