Play was halted on Wednesday in the top of the eighth inning after a developing fog became too thick to continue. Penn (1-7) was trailing, 5-1, and at the plate with one out and one on, after freshman Andrew Murnane doubled for his first collegiate hit.
Resuming on Thursday in the same scenario, the Quakers got early action after junior Jonah Campbell walked and senior Austin Bossart was hit by a pitch. A pop out in foul territory gave the Quakers two outs, bringing senior Mitch Montaldo to the plate. Montaldo hit a towering ball to deep left center field, where VCU’s (7-7)Logan Farrar was able to haul in the catch right at the warning track.
On Wednesday, Penn sophomore Mitchell Hammonds (0-1) started on the mound working 5.1 innings allowing three runs on seven hits, while striking out three. Hammonds pitched five scoreless innings before running into trouble in the sixth. A double, sacrifice fly, and a walk preceded a three-run homerun by the Rams’ Darian Carpenter in the inning, before Hammonds gave way to the bullpen.
Freshmen Jesse Roth and John White both made their collegiate debuts on the mound in relief.
The Quakers scored their only run of the game in the sixth inning, after a leadoff double by junior Ryan Mincher. Murnane sacrificed him over to third base, before Bossart drove him in on a sacrifice fly to left field.
Penn will continue its spring break trip in Virginia, moving on to face Richmond Fri.-Sun. at Shepherd Stadium in Colonial Heights, Va. The Spiders’ usual home field – Pitt Field – is currently under renovation. First pitch for the series opener is scheduled for1 p.m.