PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers were the away team at Meiklejohn Stadium on Wednesday but they felt right at home, beating Saint Joseph's 16-4 and scoring a season-high nine runs in the fourth.
Every starter had a hit and scored a run as the team totaled 17 hits on the afternoon. Junior Dan Williams was 3-for-5 with three RBI and one run, while Sophomore Derek Vigoa also had three hits to go with two runs scored.
Freshman John Beasley got the first start of his career and made the most of it, keeping the Hawks bats silent through the first three innings. He allowed just two hits while striking out two batters in his three innings of work.
Penn was also kept at bay through the first three but broke out in a big way in the top of the fourth. William Gordon led off the inning with a triple to left, his first of the season. Junior Mike Mariano hit a double into left center to make it 1-0 and Tom Grandieri followed with a two run shot, his second of the season. Singles by Jeremy Maas and Vigoa put runners on the corners and Adrian Lorenzo was hit by a pitch to load up the bases, all with no outs.
A fielder's choice by Steve Gable made it 4-0 and each of the next three batters reached with two coming around to score. Mariano came up for the second time in the inning and belted a run-scoring single to centerfield. Another single, and a sacrifice fly by Maas made it 9-0 before a groundout ended the inning.
Saint Joseph's came back with one in the bottom of the frame, but consecutive doubles by Lorenzo and Gable to open the fifth got the run back. Gordon added an RBI single as well in the frame.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Hawks scored on a pair of sacrifice flies to cut the Penn advantage to 11-3. The Quakers continued their hot hitting in the next half inning, scoring four times to put the game firmly out of reach, 15-4. Ten batters came to the plate in the inning, as Penn smacked two doubles and a single.
The Red and Blue added a run on a sacrifice fly by Gable in the seventh for the final 16-4 margin. The 16 runs are the most Penn has scored since beating Georgetown 18-4 last year while in Florida. The 17 hits are also a season high, as every starter recorded a hit and scored a run in the game.
The victory improves the Quakers' record to 9-9 and also marks first Liberty Bell Classic win since taking down Saint Joseph's two years ago. Penn will host another Liberty Bell Classic contest at Meiklejohn Stadium next Tuesday and the winner will earn a trip to play at Citizens Bank Park in the finale.
The Red and Blue return to the diamond on Saturday when they open Ivy League play with a doubleheader against Brown. First pitch is scheduled for noon.