SAINT LEO, Fla. - The Quaker baseball squad scored 11 runs in the final three innings of play Monday night. But it was somehow, too little, too late, as Saint Leo had already jumped out to a 13-0 lead and tallied six more runs for a 19-11 win over Penn in Saint Leo, Fla.
The Lions (12-5) came out of the gates in a hurry, scoring four runs on four hits in the first inning off Penn starter Wes Donehower.
Those runs would have been more then plenty for Saint Leo southpaw Ronald Lowe, who shut down the Quaker hitters, striking out 10 batters in the first four innings.
Lowe's team extended its lead in the fifth inning with five more runs, led by a two-run single by Jorge Burgos, to knock Donehower (0-1) out of the game. The freshman left-hander was making his first collegiate start and it showed, as he committed three errors on pick-off attempts and allowed eight runs on nine hits through three innings of work.
Things didn't look so good for the Quakers (0-3)as they faced a 13-0 deficit in the top of the seventh inning, but Saint Leo elected to take Lowe out of the game, and Penn was appreciative.
The Quakers scored seven runs in the seventh off releiver Greg Whitemore. Designated hitter Andy Console got things started with a line-drive, two-run homer to left field. After two more runs crossed the plate on an Alex Nwaka RBI single and a bases-loaded walk by Tim May, freshman Tony Moses delivered a three-run double to centerfield to cap off the inning for Penn and cut the score to 13-7.
But Saint Leo returned the favor in the bottom half of the inning, scoring six runs, mostly off a bases-loaded, three-run triple by Eric Mesa and a two-run double by David Scott off releiver Joe Wilamowski.
Penn tallied four more runs in the top of the ninth, but it wasn't enough in the end.
Mesa and Scott each had huge evenings for the Lions, as Mesa went 4-for-5 with six RBI and three runs scored while the latter went 3-for-5 with five RBI.
Lowe (4-0) remained undefeated and allowed just three hits through six innings while strikeing out 10.
Moses went 2-for-4 with four RBI while Nwaka added two hits and two runs scored for the Quakers.
Penn returns to action on Tuesday, March 7, for a 7 p.m. contest with Big East foe South Florida in Tampa.