PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania baseball team picked up its first extra innings win of the season with a 6-5 victory in 10 innings over Lehigh at Meiklejohn Stadium Tuesday afternoon. Penn scored three runs in the eighth to tie the score at 5-5. With the bases loaded in the 10th, freshman Matt Toffaletti lined a single that scored Kyle Armeny for the walk-off win.
The Quakers beat out 15 hits with just four for extra-bases. On the mound, Doug Brown and Joe Thornton held the Mountain Hawks offense to just two runs through the first six innings of the game.
Armeny led off the second inning by blasting his team-leading sixth home run of the season to center field off Lehigh (11-23-1) starter Danny Egly. With one out, Alex Nwaka just missed a homer, hitting a triple off the top of the fence in center field. Toffaletti followed with a sacrifice fly that gave Penn (16-14) a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third, the Mountain Hawks answered right back on a two-run homer by Joe Ercolano. Those two runs are all that starter Brown allowed in four innings.
The game remained scoreless until the seventh as Egly and Thornton keep each team’s bats silent. In the top of the seventh, David Moscow doubled off of Thornton. After Thornton struck out the next two batters, Patrick Groome singled to center to break the 2-2 tie. Robbie Seymour got Ercolano swinging to end the inning.
Lehigh added on to its lead with two runs in the eighth; however the lead was short-lived as the Quakers managed to tie up the game in the bottom-half of the eighth.
Jarron Smith drew a lead off walk and Joey Boaen followed with a single to right center to put runners on the corners with no outs. Boaen’s single ended the day for reliever Gregory Angelo who spelled Egly. Ken Longernecker entered the game and promptly was called for a balk that plated Smith and moved Boaen into scoring position. Boaen advanced to third on a wild pitch which would prove to be crucial. After a ground out to Longernecker by William Gordon, Josh Corn drew a walk. Longernecker threw away a pick off attempt to first that allowed Boaen to score from third and moved Corn to second. After a wild pitch that moved Corn to third, Longernecker was pulled for Rob Russell (1-1).
Armeny greeted Russell with a base hit to left that brought in the tying run. After consecutive singles by pinch-hitter Rajan Paty and Nwaka, Penn had the bases loaded with one out. However, the threat ended quickly as Toffaletti grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Gordon (2-0) made the move from shortstop to the mound and threw a scoreless ninth and 10 innings despite allowing the go-ahead run to reach second in both innings.
Corn and Armeny had back-to-back singles to start the 10th inning. Jim Farrell reached on a fielder’s choice that forced out Corn at third. Nwaka followed with a single that loaded the bases for Toffaletti. With a drawn in infield, Toffaltti redeemed himself, lining a single into left field that scored Armeny for the winning run.
Armeny went 4-for-5 on the day, while Nwaka and Boaen each collected three hits a piece.
Penn travels to Lawrenceville, N.J. on Wednesday to face Rider at 3:30 p.m.