LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. The University of Pennsylvania baseball team showed no signs of struggling in a mid-week game for the second straight day, posting a 13-5 win at Rider Wednesday afternoon. Penn used a four-run first and a five-run eighth to win their fourth consecutive game.
Penn (17-14) pounded out 15 hits for the second consecutive day. Freshmen William Gordon and Matt Toffaletti both collected three hits. Toffaletti knocked in two and score two runs.
Rider (10-18) starter Brian Herman (0-1) issued walks to Jarron Smith and Joey Boaen to start the game. Herman made up for the first walk by picking Smith off second. With one out, Gordon doubled in Boaen for his first hit of the day and advanced to third on the relay throw. Gordon scored on a ground out by Kyle Armeny for the second run. With two outs and no one on, Alex Nwaka got things going again with a single to right. Josh Corn singled up the middle, and Nwaka went to third. Penn stole its third run on a first-third steal play. Toffaletti plated Corn for the fourth run on a base-hit to right center.
Jim Birmingham started for Penn and allowed one run in two innings. Reid Terry (2-2) followed Birmingham and tossed three scoreless innings for his second win of the season. Along with Terry, fellow freshmen Robbie Seymour and Todd Roth combined to throw six scoreless innings.
The Quakers scored single runs in the third and fourth to increase their lead to 6-1. In the third, Armeny slugged his seventh homer of the season and second in as many days.
Penn was not done there as they scored in single runs in the seventh and ninth, sandwiched in between a five-run eighth.
The Broncs touched up reliever Andy Console for four runs in the ninth; however it was too little, too late.
Penn hosts Princeton in its final Ivy League series of the season on Saturday and Sunday. First-pitch for both days in scheduled for noon. A date for Penn’s doubleheader with Cornell has yet to be determined, but should be announced by Monday, April 23.