Easton, Pa. - After a grueling four-game series with Ivy League rival Princeton, Penn ran into a Lafayette team looking for revenge. The Leopards exacted their revenge with a 23-7 victory over the Quakers on Tuesday at the Class of '78 Field in Easton, Pa. Nate Moffie continued to have a hot bat with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate.
Alex Blagojevich also was hitting the ball well as he went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. His first run driven in came in the opening inning. The senior outfielder followed Moffie's lead-off hit with a double to send home Penn's first run of the game. Blagojevich later scored when Bryan Graves grounded out to second with one out. Blagojevich scored his second run of the game in the third inning. After leading off the frame with a single, Graves was hit by a pitch. Spencer Witte drove in both base runners with a two-out single through the left side of the infield.
Despite Penn's (11-21) ability to put multiple runs on the board in two of the first three innings of the game, on this day the Leopards' offense was in step and too much for the Red and Blue as Lafayette (14-19) scored in each of its first four innings, plating three runs in the first, eight in the second, six in the third and four in the fourth.
Before Penn scored its fifth and sixth runs in the game, Lafayette had powered out to a 21-4 lead. Five Leopards batters had multi-hit games with Kevin Leasure leading the way. The left fielder was a sultry 5-for-6 at the plate with six RBI, three runs scored and two home runs, his third and fourth of the season. Clint Losch also homered for Lafayette, his first of the season. Losch finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored.
Penn did score again in the top of the sixth when Evan Sobel, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored, doubled to left-center and later scored on a Moffie double to center field. The Quakers plated their final run of the game when pinch-hitter Andrew Bechta grounded out to second base, scoring J.T. Hutchinson from third, who earned a base on balls and later advanced two bases on a wild pitch.
The Red and Blue will face their second Patriot League opponent in as many days when Penn travels to Bethlehem, Pa. to battle 2005 Liberty Bell Classic Runner-up Lehigh at 3 p.m. on April 20.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications