Baseball Powers Past La Salle, 7-3

PHILADELPHIA - Playing its final mid-week game of the regular season, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team defeated Big Five rival La Salle, 7-3. Penn used home runs from Tim Graul and Daniel Halevy and a two-run double from Matt O'Neill to power past the Explorers.

LA SALLE LONG BALL - Coming into Tuesday's contest, Penn had failed to score first in five consecutive games. La Salle made it six in the second inning when Joey Ravert homered to left field to make it 1-0.

GETTING STARTED: In the third, trailing 1-0, Penn tied the game when Matt Greskoff doubled down the right field line and scored on a single to center by Tim Graul.

LA SALLE LAUNCHES ANOTHER: The next half inning, La Salle retook a one-run advantage when Drew Jarmuz hit the Explorers second home run of the day to left field to make it 2-1.

CATCHERS LEAD COMEBACK: In the fifth, catchers Tim Graul and Matt O'Neill both drove in two runs to give the Quakers a three-run lead. Graul, the designated hitter on Tuesday, hit the scoreboard in left field for his fifth home run of the season to make 3-2 Quakers. O'Neill added two more when he doubled to left scoring Ryan Mincher and Daniel Halevy.

HALEVY'S HOMER ADDS TWO MORE: Still leading 5-2 in the seventh, Halevy came to the plate with a man on first and hit his second home run of the season. Halevy's shot when over the left-center field wall and gave the Quakers a commanding 7-2 lead.

La Salle would score once in the ninth, but Jake Nelson finished off a 7-3 victory for Penn.

QUAKER NOTES: Three Quakers had multi-RBI days on Tuesday... Tim Graul went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, Daniel Halevy went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Matt O'Neill went 1-for-3 knocking in a pair... Adam Bleday picked up his second win in relief... Bleday pitched the end of the forth to the seventh and allowed just one base runner, who he later picked off.

UP NEXT: Penn will play host to Cornell on Saturday and Sunday for a pair of doubleheaders... The Quakers are in second place in the Gehrig Division at 6-6, three games back of Princeton. The Big Red are 5-5.

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