LANTANA, Fla. After a three-run first inning, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team failed to score again and Mount St. Mary’s broke out a six-run sixth inning to put the game away and ended up winning, 13-3. After a rocky first inning, The Mount’s starter, Andrew Germuth, settled in and shut down the Quakers offense for six innings.
Penn wasted no time, scoring three runs in the first. The top of the order got things going as Alex Nwaka walked and Joey Boaen singled. Tim May followed with a single to center that scored Nwaka. Kyle Aremeny then hit a sacrifice fly to center that plated Boaen. Two batters later May came around to score on a single by Reid Terry.
The Mount scored one run in the top of the second and tied the score with two more in the third. Mount St. Mary’s got their first two batters on, and Josh Vittek singled to right for the Mount’s second run. Jim Birmingham(0-1) struck out the next batter, but Ryan Murray singled to left scoring Mike Gioiso to tie the score at three. That’s all the Mount would get as Birmingham induced a double play to get out of the inning.
In the sixth Mount St. Mary’s created some breathing room with a six run inning. Murray led off with a single and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Murray scored on a double down the right field line by Matt Eiden. The next batter, Matt Trusch, singled scoring Eiden and ending the day for Birmingham.
Mike Marg, who relieved Brimingham, allowed the first batter he faced to reach on an infield single. A throwing error on a pick off attempt by Marg allowed Trusch to score and pinch-runner Justus Yocum to advance to third. After a walk by Marg he was lifted for Joe Thornton. Thornton was greeted by Gioiso who deleivered a three-run homer to left to put the Mount ahead 9-3.
Mount St. Mary’s tacked on two more in both the seventh and the ninth.
Penn finishes its Spring Break Trip Saturday against Fordham at 2:30 p.m.