PHILADELPHIA -Coming off their first win of the season, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team didn't take long to notch win number two, with a 4-3 walk off win over Holy Cross on Tuesday afternoon. The Quakers needed 10 innings to earn the victory, but Jonah Campbell's bases loaded single did the job in extras.
LEADING THE WAY:While Penn found itself trailing early against North Florida, the Quakers were the aggressors on Tuesday, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first four innings.
In the third, Tim Graul knocked in the game's first run with an RBI single on a high chopper that made its way over the third baseman's head to score Matt Tola. Tola had led off the frame with a base hit.
Penn tacked on two more in the fourth with back-to-back doubles from a pair of freshmen. Matt McGeagh drove in the first run of his college career with a two-bagger to left, before Tola joined in with a double of his own one batter later to make it 3-0.
CRUSADERS CHIP AWAY:Despite having just one hit through the first four innings, Holy Cross scored one run in the fifth, sixth, and seventh to tie the game at three.
The Crusaders got their first thanks in part to a Quaker miscue in the fifth. An error started the frame for the Quakers and quickly led to a first and third with one out situation that allowed a groundout from Nick Lovullo turn into a run.
In the sixth, Holy Cross finally started to get to Penn starter Adam Bleday, who had been spectacular through five. The Crusaders notched three hits including an RBI double from Josh Hassell to narrow the Quakers lead to just one.
In the seventh, Holy Cross found a way to tie the game without the benefit of a hit. A one-out hit by a pitch, a wild pitch, a ground out that moved the runner to third, abd another wild pitch made it a 3-3 game.
JONAH AND A WHALE OF A GAME:In the 10th, Penn started the inning with back-to-back singles from Matt O'Neill and Sean Phelan to put a pair on base and no one out. Matt Greskoff followed with a bunt that the Crusaders misplayed and failed to get an out to load the bases setting the table for Jonah Campbell's heroics. Campbell entered the game in the fourth and had already recorded a hit for the Quakers. His second hit of the day, a line drive to right scored O'Neill and brought his teammates onto the field for a walk off celebration.
QUAKER NOTES:On a day when the Quakers collected 15 hits as a team, five individual players recorded multi-hit games... Matt O'Neill, who entered the game 5-for-10 at the plate, went 3-for-4 with a run scored... Matt Tola also went 3-for-4 and had an RBI... Matt Greskoff went 2-for-4 and scored a run... Daniel Halevy started the game and went 2-for-2 before departing with an injury... Halevy's replacement, Jonah Campbell went 2-for-3 with the game-winning RBI... In his first start of 2016, Adam Bleday went six innings, allowing five hits and one earned run, while striking out four... Bleday allowed just two hits and no earned runs over his first five innings...Billy Lescher earned his first win of the season, pitching 2.1 innings and kept the Crusaders off the bases completely... After striking out 41 times in their first two games, Penn only struckout seven times on Tuesday.
UP NEXT:Penn and Holy Cross will finish up the two-game set on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Port St. Lucie.