PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers were tied going into the seventh inning, but a run in the bottom of the frame proved to be the as Lafayette came away with the 5-4 victory at Meiklejohn Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Penn finished with seven hits on the day, including five extra base hits. Centerfielder Greg Zebrack had a pair of doubles and senior Jeremy Maas added a double. Junior Derek Vigoa had a pair of singles and one RBI. Junior Vince Voiro got the start and went 6.2 innings, giving up three earned runs and walking two while striking out five in the loss. He falls to 1-3 on the year as the team drops to 6-9.
Serving as the visiting team on Friday, the Quakers found themselves trailing 1-0 after the first inning. In the top of the second the offense got going, as Zebrack led off with a double to left field. Vigoa followed with a single to left field to tie the game at 1-1.
Penn took the lead an inning later, courtesy of a Will Davis home run. Dan Williams walked to lead off the inning and after a fly out by Maas, Davis went over the field in right for his first dinger of the year. Zebrack hit a two-double, before a fly out ended the inning.
Lafayette cut into the Red and Blue lead in the bottom of the fourth. Scott Kelleher led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then took third on a passed ball. He came around to score on a one-out groundout, cutting the Penn lead to 3-2.
No one scored again until the sixth, when Spencer Branigan hit a solo shot over the right-center wall for the 4-2 advantage. In the bottom of the frame, starter Vince Voiro ran into the some trouble. Each of the first two runners reached and came around to score, tying the game up at four apiece.
In the seventh, the Leopards put the leadoff man on. A pair of sac bunts put a runner on second with two outs and Voiro seemed poised to escape the inning. However, a single up the middle scored one to give Lafayette the 5-4 lead. Voiro saw his day come to an end and junior Chris McNulty needed just one strike before Davis threw out the runner attempting to steal.
Trailing 5-4, the Quakers were held hitless over the final two innings and McNulty pitched a clean eighth as the Red and Blue finished with their second straight one-run loss.
Penn returns to the field on Saturday at noon for a doubleheader with the Leopards. Audio of the game will be available here, as well as live stats.