PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers scored six times in the first inning and two more times in the third on their way to a convincing 12-4 victory over Lehigh at Meiklejohn Stadium on a wet Wednesday afternoon.
The Red and Blue smacked around the Mountain Hawks pitching staff for 17 hits on Wednesday as they improved to 17-16 on the season. Junior catcher Will Davis led the ensemble effort, finishing 3-for-4, with a single, double and home run. He also added three RBI and two runs scored. Seniors William Gordon and Tom Grandieri also had three hits, with Gordon going 3-for-4 and Grandieri going 3-for-5. The two combined for three runs and each added two RBI as well.
Head coach John Cole got creative with his pitching staff, as nine hurlers saw action on Wednesday. Six of the nine pitchers didn't allow an earned run, including sophomore shortstop Derek Vigoa, making his first career pitching appearance. Sophomore Mike Zuppe threw two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first career victory.
The Quakers wasted little time in getting on base, as designated hitter Adrian Lorenzo was hit with the first pitch he saw. Lorenzo got out on a fielder's choice by Jeremy Maas, but each of next six batters reached via base hit. Dan Williams singled and Will Davis followed with the big hit of the inning, knocking a triple to the wall in left center, scoring the first two runs of the game. Grandieri, James Mraz, Gordon and Steve Gable all singled, pushing the lead to 5-0. A fielder's choice by Emilio Pastor scored Gordon from third as Penn stretched advantage to 6-0.
Two innings later the Red and Blue added two more runs, as Mraz singled and scored, while Pastor walked and came home on a successful stolen base attempt by Lorenzo. Davis made it 9-0 with a solo shot in the fourth, his fourth straight game with a home run.
Lehigh and Penn each scored once in the fifth and the Mountain Hawks added two more in the sixth to cut the lead to 10-3. Any hope of a comeback was dashed as southpaw Kyle Olson and Vigoa threw scoreless baseball in the seventh and eighth, while the Quakers scored once each inning. A run in the ninth off Reid Terry provided the 12-4 final score.
Williams, Lorenzo and Mraz each had two hits, as the Red and Blue recorded at least 15 hits for fifth time this year. Lorenzo added two steals also threw 0.2 innings, making his second appearance of the season.. Among the nine pitchers who saw action, Olson was arguably the most impressive, sending the side down in order on just six pitches in the eighth.
The Quakers return to action on Friday when they travel to Princeton for a doubleheader with the Tigers beginning at noon.