EASTON, Pa. - In the second leg of a home and home series, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team split a doubleheader with Lafayette again, falling in walk-off fashion in the first game 5-4, but exploded for 12 runs in the second for a 12-2 victory.
FIRST INNING ERROR PROPELS PENN: Penn struck first on Sunday when a near double play turned into a throwing error at short and allowed Andrew Murnane to score to make it 1-0 Quakers in the opening frame.
ALL TIED UP: In the bottom of the inning, Lafayette scored a run of its own to tie the game at one apiece. With a runner at third, Steven Cohen drove a ball into right to bring the Leopards level.
LEOPARDS LEAD: In the second, it was a Quaker error that allowed Lafayette to take its first lead of the afternoon. A tough play at third base allowed Andrew Landolfi to score from third and give the Leopards their first lead at 2-1.
QUAKERS QUICK ANSWER: Penn didn't wait long to tie the game once again. Down 2-1 in the third, Daniel Halevy ripped an RBI single to left that scored Gary Tesch to draw the Quakers even. Tesch had singled and stolen a base earlier in the inning.
The Quakers took a lead in the fifth when Halevy grounded a ball to second that couldn't be handled and allowed Tesch to score again and give Penn a 3-2 advantage.
LEOPARDS LONG BALL: Down to the Leopards final out, Drew Aherne just cleared the left field fence with a high fly ball to tie the game at three.
THRILLING EXTRA INNINGS: Still even at three in the ninth of a seven-inning game, Tim Graul broke the tie with a slow roller to third that he legged out and allowed Grant Guillory to hustle home and take a 4-3 lead.
However, Sunday's first game was not meant to be for the Quakers as Michael Coniglio's double to right-center field scored the game-tying and game-winning runs and gave the Leopards a 5-4 win.
PENN PUSHES BACK: Game two was all Penn from the first inning as Tim Graul hit his first home run of the year in the opening inning to put the Quakers on top, 1-0.
The Red and Blue began to run away with it after Billy Lescher threw a shutdown inning in the bottom half. The Quakers supported Lescher with four more runs in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth to jump out to am 8-0 advantage.
In the second, Penn received RBIs from Matt Tola, Grant Guillory, Andrew Murnane, and Gary Tesch to take a 5-0 lead.
Sean Phelan's double to lead off the third turned into a run when Tola struck again with an RBI single to make it 6-0, before a pair of groundouts in the fourth from Graul and Phelan capped off the Quakers early offensive output.
WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS: Lafayette was able to push a run across in the fourth, but Penn added four more in the sixth to bring its total to 12 runs on 13 hits. The big blow came off the bat of Matt O'Neill who lined a double to right and allowed two runs to score including Daniel Halevy all the way from first.
QUAKER NOTES: Billy Lescher picked up his third win of the season in his second start... Gary Tesch recorded five hits in two games... Tesch also scored three times, stole two bases, and had an RBI... Tim Graul led the Quakers with three RBIs on the day... Grant Guillory recorded his first-career hit, RBI, and run scored... The game became a seven-inning game after the first went nine innings.
UP NEXT: Penn will play host to Villanova in the Liberty Bell Classic at Meiklejohn Stadium on Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Liberty Bell Classic is a Philadelphia-area tournament with the championship being played at Citizens Bank Park.
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