Baseball Sweeps Lafayette, 5-4 and 11-6

Penn 5 - Lafayette 4

Penn 11 - Lafayette 6

PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers took two from Lafayette on Saturday, getting a tight 5-4 win to start off the day and then using a five-run eighth in the second game to take down the Leopards 11-6 at Meiklejohn Stadium.

Penn scored five runs off of nine hits in the first game and exploded for 11 runs and a season-high 16 hits in the final contest of the day. Seniors Jeremy Maas and Will Davis provided much of the power in the middle of the lineup for the Red and Blue, as each went 5-for-7 from the No. 3 and No. 4 spot respectively. Maas also scored five runs and Davis added a home run and four RBI from the cleanup spot for the Quakers.

On the mound, freshman Cody Thomson came in to pitch a scoreless ninth for the save in the 5-4 win, and got his second victory of the year with 2.0 innings of relief in the second game. He gave up just two hits and struck out two in 3.0 innings on the day.

In the first game of the afternoon, the Leopards jumped on starter Paul Cusick early. Lafayette scored twice in the top of the first on four hits. The team increased their lead one inning later as Alex Bechta hit a one-out double to score two more runners and increase the team lead to 4-0.

The Quakers finally got on the board in the bottom of the third. Adrian Lorenzo led off the inning with a double down the left field line and Greg Zebrack followed with a single, but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double. Brandon Engelhardt then drove in Lorenzo to make it a 4-1 ballgame.

An inning later Penn scored two more to cut the deficit to 4-3 Lafayette. With one out, Spencer Branigan singled and Brebner then followed with a single of his own. After a pop up by Derek Vigoa, Lorenzo tripled into left-center, scoring both Branigan and Brebner.

After Cusick shut down the Leopards in the fifth, his offense gave him some more help in the bottom of the frame. Maas and Davis both singled with one out. With two down, Branigan hit a fly ball into shallow left, which went off the shortstop's glove, allowing both runners to score.

Cusick got himself out of a jam in the top of the sixth and then freshman Cody Thomson came in and got his first career save with a scoreless seventh.

The Quakers didn't wait to score in the second game, getting a run in the bottom of the first for the early 1-0 lead. With two outs, Maas and Davis hit back-to-back singles, and Maas came home to score on a wild pitch.

No one scored again until the fourth, when Lafayette responded with a pair of runs off starter Matt Gotschall. The Leopards got two hits and were aided by a wild pitch in taking a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the frame, Maas and Williams led off with back-to-back singles, bringing up Williams. Williams blasted the first pitch he saw over the fence in left for his first home run of the year and a 4-2 Penn lead.

The see-saw contest continued in the fifth as Lafayette scored a pair of runs in the top of the inning to tie the game at four. The Quakers responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth from Maas, who scored on a double by Davis.

The score remained 5-4 for one full inning before a pair of runs by the Leopards put them in front 6-5. Naturally the Red and Blue responded in the bottom of the frame, as Zebrack scored after leading off the inning with a triple off the top of the wall in center.

Tied at sixth going into the bottom eighth, Penn found some offense in a big way. Brebner led off the inning with a single and Vigoa moved him over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Lorenzo followed with a single to center to put runners on the corners. The Quakers then worked the squeeze play to perfection, as Zebrack bunted the ball up the first-base line and Brebner took off for home. Brebner scored the go-ahead run easily as the attempt to get Zebrack out at first was too late.

Consecutive singles by Engelhardt and Maas scored another run and Davis finished squashed any hope of a Lafayette comeback with a three-run home run to right field. Thomson finished off the Leopards in order in the ninth for the win.

Penn improves to 8-9 overall and returns to action on Tuesday when they host La Salle at 3 p.m. at Meiklejohn Stadium.