PHILADELPHIA - Penn used a four-run eighth inningto pull away from Saint Joseph's and win, 11-5, Tuesday afternoon in a Liberty Bell Classic game at Meiklejohn Stadium.
The Quakers (7-10) used seven different pitchers, withAndy Console (1-0) picking up the win. The seven combined to shut out the Hawks (3-16) over six innings in the middle of the game.
Saint Joseph’s wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the first. Penn starter Mike Marg surrendered a lead-off walk and a single. Up stepped Ben Wendle who blasted a three-run shot to right center. Penn got on the board in their half of the first on a solo homer to right center by Josh Corn, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Both teams scored single runs in the second to keep it a two-run game. In the third Penn cut into the deficit and managed to tie the score. Kyle Armeny reached on an infield single and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Nwaka. Freshman William Gordon then followed with single down the left field line that brought in Armeny. However, the Quakers were not done there as Jarron Smith executed a perfect hit and run, hitting behind Gordon and singled into right field. With runners on the corners, Matt Toffaletti greeted SJU reliever Don Werner (0-1) with a sacrifice fly to center that plated Gordon to tie the score, 4-4.
Armeny and Nwaka both drew walks to lead-off the fifth. With one out, Smith continued to stay hot by lining a single into left center that knocked in Armeny and gave Penn a 5-4 advantage. With runners on second and third and one out, Penn looked primed to add to its lead, but Hawks reliever Chris Prescott retired the next two batters to end the threat.
Penn extended its lead to 7-4 in the sixth on a two-run home run by Armeny that stayed just inside the right field foul pole. In the eighth, Tim May doubled off the bottom of the center field fence to plate Steve Gable, who led-off with a walk. Back-to-back walks to Gordon and Smith with the bases loaded and a single by Toffaletti gave the Quakers an 11-4 lead.
Reliever Doug Brown pitched the seventh and eighth and allowed just one hit, while striking out three.
Penn returns to action Saturday when they host Harvard in a doubleheader at noon. Sunday, the Quakers host Dartmouth in a doubleheader at noon. Penn will face Lafayette in the second round of the Liberty Bell Classic on Tuesday, April 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Lafayette. The Leopards defeated Villanova, 8-2, in their opening round game Tuesday.