PHILADELPHIA - In the first leg of a home and home series with Lafayette, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team earned a split with the Leopards in a doubleheader. The Quakers used six runs in the seventh inning of game two to pick up a comeback win, 7-5 after losing the first game 3-1.
WORST THINGS FIRST: As documented, the first inning has not been kind to the Quakers. At the completion of Saturday, Penn is being outscored 16-6 in the opening frame in 2016. In game one, the Leopards took a 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout by Campbell Lipe in the first.
FIRST THINGS IN THE THIRD:Still trailing 1-0 in the third, Matt McGeagh tied the game with his first career home run. McGeagh hit a ball high down the left field line that cleared the fence and made it 1-1.
MANUFACTURING A WIN:Lafayette scored a run in the fourth and again in the seventh to walk away with a 3-1 win in the first game. The Leopards used a squeeze bunt from Andrew Landolfi in the fourth to score the game winning run and an RBI single from Jackson Kramer in the seventh as insurance as they closed out a game one win.
FIRST INNING ISSUES: In game two, it was Lafayette getting on the board in the first inning again. Steven Cohen knocked a ball into right for to score a man from second and make it 1-0.
LEOPARDS LEAP OUT TO BIGGER LEAD: Lafayette scored once more in the third and again in the fifth to make it 3-0. Michael Colignio drove in a run with a groundout in the third and a sacrifice fly from Kramer in the fifth put Penn down three.
NO QUIT IN THE QUAKERS: Down three in the sixth, Penn scored a run thanks to an RBI single from Matt O'Neill. O'Neill knocked a one-out single to left to score Matt Greskoff and make it 3-1.
SEVENTH HEAVEN: After Lafayette struck for two more runs in the seventh, Penn answered with six runs of their own to take a 7-5 lead. Tim Graul got the scoring started with a two-run double and then scored when Matt Greskoff doubled to make it a one-run game. After an error allowed the Quakers to tied the game, Andrew Murnane drove in the go-ahead run along with an insurance run with a single to left.
QUAKER NOTES: Freshman Matt McGeagh went 2-for-2 in the first game and had an RBI in both games... Gabe Kleiman took the loss in game one, but pitched a complete game in the seventh inning contest... Kleiman's complete game is the Quakers first of the season... Grant Guillory won his first game on the mound in game two... Guillory is 1-0 and pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and striking out a pair... Jake Nelson pitched the final 1.1 innings of game two and earned his first save.
UP NEXT: Penn will head to Easton, Pa. on Sunday for the second leg of the home and home match up beginning at noon.