Penn 3, Norfolk 2
Penn 7, Norfolk 0
Norfolk, Va. - Derek Vigoa broke out of his slump in a big way on Saturday, banging home the game-winning RBI in the 14th inning to lead the Quakers to a 3-2 win over Norfolk St. in their first game of the doubleheader. Penn carried their momentum into the second game with a 7-0 shutout.
Vigoa, a career .330 hitter for the Red and Blue, came into the day mired in a 1-for-19 slump; however, he broke out of it in the early game on Saturday by going 3-for-6 with two of the team's three RBI. The final RBI came in the 14th, after sophomore Spencer Branigan reached on an error by the third baseman with one out. Freshman Rick Brebner advanced Branigan to second on a groundout to first and Vigoa came through with the clutch single to right field.
Norfolk still had their three more outs in the bottom of the frame to tie it, though freshman Cody Thomson had other ideas. The righty sent the Spartans down in the order, including a strikeout looking to end the game. Thomson finished the contest with 5.2 innings of scoreless relief and three strikeouts to earn his first career victory.
Vigoa finished the day 5-for-8 overall with two runs and three RBI to raise his season average to .255. Freshman Brandon Engelhardt went 3-for-7 in two games with one run, two RBI and a steal while Brebner had two hits and scored three times from the No. 7 spot in the lineup.
Junior Chris McNulty got the ball to start the first game of the day and gave up a run in the bottom of the first to put Penn behind 1-0. After the first the southpaw was lights out, shutting down the Norfolk St. over his final 6.2 innings of work and allowing just six hits while striking out a pair of hitters.
The Red and Blue offense finally awoke in the fifth as each of the first two runners got on base. Brebner followed with an RBI single through the right side to tie the game at one and Vigoa matched him with his own RBI single to put Penn ahead 2-1.
The score would remain 2-1 until the bottom of the ninth, when Thomson came in to relieve sophomore John Beasley with a runner on and one out. The freshman allowed consecutive singles before getting a run-scoring groundout to tie the game. However with runners on second and third, Thomson got the swinging strikeout to end the inning.
The score remained 2-2 until Penn's heroics in the top of the 14th and Thomson's shutout pitching in the bottom of the frame.
In the second game of the day, junior Vince Voiro was lights out, tossing a complete shutout to lead the Quakers to a 7-0 win. The junior scattered five hits over 7.0 innings and struck out a career-high ten batters to earn his first victory of the season.
The Red and Blue gave Voiro some support in the third as Brebner led off with a walk, stole second and then came home on a single by Vigoa. Vigoa eventually came around to score on a single up the middle by Engelhardt to make it 2-0.
Penn added to their lead with a run in the fifth, and in the top of the seventh the Quakers made sure there would be no late inning drama, scoring four runs for the 7-0 lead. Sophomore Greg Zebrack and senior Jeremy Maas were the catalysts for those runs as each had two-RBI doubles in the inning.
The Red and Blue improve to 5-7 on the season as they face Norfolk St. again on Sunday for doubleheader beginning at noon.