BETHLEHEM, Pa -In a mid-week clash with Lehigh, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team rattled off 15 hits en route to an 11-4 win over the Mountain Hawks. Penn was led by Tim Graul and Sean Phelan, who drove in four RBIs.
FIRST INNING WOAHS:As noted in previous games, Penn has allowed more runs in the first inning than in any other this season, but on Wednesday, it was the Quakers that jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. With Gary Tesch on second base, Sean Phelan plated the game's first run with a single to right. Two batters later, Tim Graul made it 3-0 with a double to left field that allowed a pair to score.
HIGH FIVE:In the fifth, the Quakers stretched their lead to five with a two-run home run from Matt Greskoff. With Ryan Mincher at first, Greskoff drove a ball to deep right-center field and deposited a ball into a pine tree for his third home run of the year.
HAWKS EYE COMEBACK:In the bottom of the fifth, Lehigh battled back with four runs to bring its deficit to just one with just one hit. Two Quaker errors, a walk, a hit by a pitch, and an RBI ground out from Jacen Nalesnik led to a 5-4 score.
QUAKERS GET FRESH:In the sixth, Penn answered back with three runs, thanks to RBIs from two freshmen. Matt Tola's double to right field sliced down the line and allowed Matt McGeagh to hustle around to score, before Phelan busted the game open with a two-run single to right.
PHELAN FEELING IT:Coming to the plate with a runner on second and three RBIs already in the ninth, Sean Phelan ripped a double to right-center for his fourth RBI of the day to give the Quakers a 9-4 lead.
TWO MORE FOR TIM:Later in the ninth, Tim Graul recorded RBIs three and four on the day with Penn's 15th hit, a single to left that made it 11-4.
QUAKER NOTES:Sean Phelan finished his day 3-for-4 with four RBIs and reached base five of the six times he came to the plate... Phelan had just two RBIs coming into the game and raised his batting average 50 points... Tim Graul went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs... Greskoff's fifth inning home run puts him in a tie for second in the Ivy League in long balls with three... Billy Lescher earned the win in his first start of the season, pitching four innings and allowing three hits...Jack Hartman pitched the sixth through the eighth and did not allow a hit...Penn's 11 runs and 15 hits are both season highs.
UP NEXT:The Quakers will host a doubleheader with Lafayette on Saturday beginning at noon at Meiklejohn Stadium.
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