EASTON, Pa. - In the semifinal round of the Liberty Bell Classic, the Penn baseball team lost at Lafayette, 10-2, Tuesday afternoon. The Quakers were done in by a five-run Lafayette fifth that made the score 9-2.
Lafayette (13-10) wasted no time by scoring two runs in the first and two more in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Penn (10-12) cut into the Leopards lead in the fourth with two outs. William Gordon singled to center and Alex Nwaka struck out, but reached first on an error by Lafayette catcher Dan Drechsel that advanced Gordon all the way to third. Penn plated both its runs without hitting a ball out of the infield as both Matt Toffaletti and Steve Gable had infield singles that scored both Gordon and Nwaka to make the score 4-2.
In the fifth, the Leopards sent nine batters to the plate and touched up Penn starter Robbie Seymour (0-2) for four earned runs. With one out, Seymour gave up a single and then hit the next batter. Lafayette then pulled off a double steal to put both runners in scoring position. Mike Raible knocked in the first run on a fielder’s choice. Kevin Leasure followed with an infield single that scored the second run and ended Seymour’s day.
Penn reliever Bret Wallace got the first batter he faced to ground out to short, however the two runners on base moved into scoring position. Matt Hall singled to second base and brought in Raible. Chris Luick and Drechsel followed with RBI singles to make the score 9-2. Wallace was pulled for Mike Marg who got the last out of the fifth.
Lafayette starter, Brad Woodfield (1-1) effectively shut down the Penn offense for six innings. Despite giving up seven hits, Woodfield did not allow any extra base hits.
Penn’s only other chance to score came in the second inning when the Quakers strung together three straight singles with one out. Woodfield got Toffaletti to pop up and Gable to ground into a fielder’s choice to strand the bases loaded.
Lafayette relievers, Jason Morytko and Brian Mostek combined to shut out the Quakers for the final three innings and allowed just one hit.
Penn heads back to the Lehigh Valley on Wednesday to take on Lehigh in Limeport, Pa. at 6 p.m.