PHILADELPHIA - The Penn baseball team began an unexpected homestand on Friday with a sweep of a doubleheader with the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers, winning the first game 6-3 and completing the doubleheader with a 6-5 victory. Kyle Armeny and William Gordon homered to power the Quakers in the first game, whilea Mike Mariano blast got Penn jump started in the second game.
Jeremy Maas got the win in Game One, while Todd Roth was the victor in Game Two.
Steve Gable got four RBIs in the second game, including the game winner when his sacrifice fly scored Will Davis in the eighth inning.
The games, which were originally scheduled to be played on the campus of Mount St. Mary's, had to be moved to Penn as a result of bad weather earlier in the week which damaged the Mountaineers' field. The teams will also play two at Meiklejohn Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Gordon's home runin the second inning putthe Quakers on top early in Game One. His shottraveled right down the left field line with plenty of distance to clear the fence, but just staying in fair territory.
Mount St. Mary's got a run in the top of the third to even the score. In the fifth, they took a short-lived 2-1 lead as Maas allowed a run but managed to avoid further damage thanks to a comebacker on which he got the Mountaineers' runner out at home.
Adrian Lorenzo's RBI single in the fifth tied the score.
In the sixth, the Quakers broke the game open. Armeny led off with a booming shot to right-center field. It was his third at bat and his third deep fly, but this one cleared the fence and startled cars coming off the interstate ramp as Armeny gave the Quakers a lead. After Matt Toffaletti doubled, Will Davis singled him home for an important insurance run.
Then, after Alex Nwaka pinch-ran for Davis and was picked off, Dan Williams walked. Mariano followed by ripping a gapper to right-center. Williams scored easily, and Mariano tried to stretch his hit into a triple. The relay throw from second base hit Mariano in the back and caromed into the dugout, allowing Mariano to take home. Although he was only credited with a triple, Mariano's pseudo-inside-the-park home run sealed the deal, even as the Mountaineers added a run in the top of the seventh.
Penn got on the board in the third inning of GameTwo when Steve Gable's double down the left field line scored both Adrian Lorenzo and Jeff Cellucci. After Mount St. Mary's answered with a run in the top of the fourth, Mariano homered in thebottom of the inningto extend the lead to 3-1. The Mountaineers pulled back within a run in the top of the sixth inning, but Penn jumped out to a 5-2 lead with two runs in the bottom of the frame. A Lorenzo single to left scored Maas, and Gable added a third RBI with a hot shot up the middle that brought home Cellucci.
Josh Vittek tied the score in the seventh with a three-run home run for Mount St. Mary's, but Gable's sac fly RBI put Penn up and allowed Reid Terry to come in and record the save.
The Quakers will be back in action at Meiklejohn Stadium tomorrow, when they again play two against the Mountaineers starting at noon.