Baseball In Seventh Heaven With Comeback Win at Lehigh

Penn 11, Lehigh 10 Box Score

Lehigh 11, Penn 7 Box Score

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Through six innings of game one of a doubleheader against Lehigh, Penn was unable to do much of anything against the two Mountain Hawk pitchers.

Sure, shortstop Derek Vigoa reached with one out in the top of the first, but he was quickly retired trying to steal second. Normally, that wouldn’t be a big deal, but the next 16 batters were retired and the Quakers found themselves entering the final inning with no hits.

Adding to the Red and Blue’s dilemma was the fact that Lehigh’s bats were on fire. The Hawks had scored 10 runs over the first six innings, including five in the second.

All this makes what happened in the top of the seventh inning all the more remarkable.

The Quakers proved that they did not turn the clock on the 2009 season just yet, sending 15 batters to the plate in the final frame, with the first 11 reaching base before William Gordon’s sacrifice fly became the first out of the inning. At that point, Penn had scored eight runs and had two runners on.

Still, the rally was not complete. Sophomore Jeremy Maas, who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm, stepped to the plate with a chance to tie the game.

Maas made sure that there was no doubt, sending a home run over the fence in right-center to score three runs and give Penn its first lead of the game, 11-10.

The final numbers from the inning? 11 runs on seven hits with four walks and an error. Three of the hits were doubles, one was Maas’ longball and another was a bunt single from Steve Gable. Penn scored runs on back-to-back doubles, a pair of bases-loaded walks, a fielder’s choice, the sac fly and a homer.

Jordan Warncke, who had thrown three scoreless innings for Lehigh, allowed five runs without retiring a batter in the seventh. Mike Lebo took the loss for Lehigh by allowing Maas’ moonshot.

Patrick Brennan, who had allowed two runs in relief, picked up his first collegiate win. Gordon came in from first base to toss a scoreless seventh for his first save of the season.

In the second game, Penn again struggled early, allowing 11 runs over the first four innings while managing just one run of its own. However, Penn again began a comeback, scoring two runs in the fifth on the strength of four singles.

In the sixth, the Quakers plated four more runs to bring the score to 11-7. The Hawk pitchers were again wild, walking four Penn batters in the sixth inning. Vigoa scored James Mraz with a single and then a walk to Gordon scored a run. Maas drove in two more runs with a single up the middle. A single from Dan Williams loaded the bases with one out. Luke Porter struck out Matt Tellem and induced a grounder from Gable to end the rally. The seventh inning was not as kind to Penn in the finale as it was in the opener and Penn left Bethlehem with a split.

Penn is back in action on Saturday in The Big Apple against Columbia at noon. The Quakers finish out the season at home on Sunday against the Lions on Senior Day. It is also Little League Day and the Phillie Phanatic will be appearing.