Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Mount St. Mary's

PHILADELPHIA – Penn finished its four-game series with Mount St. Mary’s with a split of two games on Saturday. Penn won the first game, 7-6, before dropping the second in extra innings, 4-3. Penn is now 6-6 in 2008. The win in the second game was the first on the season for Mount St. Mary’s and they are now 1-14.

In the first game, the Mount jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings before the Quakers rallied to tie the game in the fourth and then take the lead in the sixth when William Gordon doubled in Kyle Armeny for the winning run.

Gordon and Armeny continued their hot streaks in game one. Both had home runs in the six-run fourth inning. Gordon’s was an inside the park homer. He drove a ball to deep center that eluded the grasp of the centerfielder and bounced off the wall and into an area of the field with no backup. Armeny’s homer was to right field. Both longballs drove in two runs.

Gordon finished game one with three RBI. Armeny and Steve Gable each had two runs driven in.

The winning run came about after a pair of singles with one out in the sixth. Armeny singled down the right field line and Mike Mariano followed up with a single through the left side of the infield. Gordon doubled down the left field line to score Armeny.

As if his exploits at the plate in the game weren’t enough, Gordon came in from third base to pitch in the last inning, retiring the last batter of the game for the save.

Andy Console earned his first win of the year with three and two-thirds innings of relief of starter Tom Grandieri. Console allowed only two hits and no runs while striking out two.

Game two went nine innings (it was originally scheduled for seven innings) after the Quakers again rallied to tie the game after the Mount took the lead. Reid Terry gave up a home run to Josh Vittek in the top of the ninth for the winning run.

Penn had a chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the ninth when Michael Gatti and Mariano singled to lead off the inning. Adrian Lorenzo grounded into a fielder’s choice, with Gatti being retired, pitcher to third base. Gable then singled to load the bases. Armeny ended the game with a double play, 4-6-3.

Penn is back in action on Tuesday when the Quakers travel to Lafayette in the first round of the Liberty Bell Tournament. Gametime is 3 p.m.