Baseball Splits Twinbill with Lehigh

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

PHILADELPHIA - The Quaker baseball team (2-9) dropped their first home game of the season to Lehigh, 6-2, after the Mountain Hawks scored four runs in the final two innings to break a 2-2 tie. In game two of the doubleheader, sophomore right-hander Bret Wallace shut down the Lehigh lineup in his first career start to lead his team to a 5-1 victory on Saturday at Meiklejohn Stadium.

In game one, Lehigh (7-9)took a 2-0 leadafter solo home runs by David Moscowin the third inningand John Zaszewski in the fourth.

Penn responded in the fifth inning after Tim May led off with a walk and Tony Moses delivered a two-run home run, the first of his collegiate career, over the left field wall to tie the ballgame up at 2-2.

The Mountain Hawks scored three runs off Penn starter Brian Cirri (0-3) to regain the lead in the sixth inning (the Quakers play seven innings inthe first games of doubleheaders). Zaszewski got things started with a double to left field and was driven in on an RBI single by Andrew Smith, which also scored Matt McBride after a throwing error by left fielder Kyle Armeny. Nick Bet's one-run single gave Lehigh a 5-2 advantage that they would hold on to.

Cirri allowed five runs on six hits through six innings pitched, striking out six and walking two in the process.

Lehigh starter Joe Matteo (2-2) went the distance in the shortened game, allowing two runs on just three hits with four strikeouts and three walks through seven innings.

In the second game, the Quakers jumped out to an early lead for the first time this season and Bret Wallace took care of the rest, allowing just one unearned runthrough seven innings pitched.

"It was Bret's first career start and he really did some great things on the mound for us," said Head Coach John Cole. "The guys gave him some support by scoring runs early, something we haven't done all year to this point. But I was happy that we were able to bounce back and play better in the second game today."

Wallace, who has been used out of the bullpen for the first nine games of the season, got the starting nod for the first time in his career, as he was sidelined all of last year due to injury. The side-arming right-hander made the most of the opportunity, as he struck out four and allowed six scattered hits in what was the best performance thatthe struggling Penn pitching staff has received this season.

Penn took an early lead after Joey Boaen led off the game with a single, stole second base, and was driven in on a base-hit by Andy Console in the first inning. Sophomore Alex Nwaka put his team up 3-0 on a two-run single up the middle that plated Console and Kyle Armeny, who had walked.

Penn scored again in thefourth on an RBI single by Josh Corn that scored Jim Farrell, who also singled. In the sixth inning, it was that same combination that gave the Quakers a 5-1 lead as Corn drove a base-hit into left field to score Farrell after he had reached on an error and stole second.

Relievers Doug Brown and Michael Gibbons were strong out of the bullpen for the Quakers, as each pitched a scoreless inning to preserve the win for Penn.

Corn went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the game while Moses and Boaen added two hits each for the Red and Blue.

Joe Ercolano had three hits for the Mountain Hawks while McBride added two.

The two teams face each other again tomorrow, March 19, in a doubleheader in Bethlehem, Pa., beginning at 12 noon.