La Salle's Six-Run Fourth Inning Does in Penn

La Salle 8, Penn 2 - Box Score and Play-by-Play

PHILADELPHIA – Fielding miscues and free passes again did in the Quakers at Meiklejohn Stadium on Wednesday as La Salle put up six runs on four hits, two Penn errors and two hit batsmen in the fourth inning on its way to an 8-2 victory.

Penn had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI-double from Dan Williams that scored William Gordon, who had reached after being hit by a pitch.

The lead did not last long, however, as the Explorers scored six unearned runs in the top of the fourth to take a commanding 6-1 lead. R.J. Hollinshead reached on an error by Gordon. The sophomore third baseman was attempting to field a grounder in the hole and the ball deflected off his glove and into short left field. Mike Dertouzos was then hit by a pitch. Kevin Jones singled in Hollinshead with a base hit up the middle. Reid Terry then struck out the next two batters – which should have ended the inning with minimal damage.

The error that started the inning allowed John Malloy to come to the plate. He singled to right-center to score two more runs. Justin Handler added a single of his own and then Justin Rickards was the second Explorer of the inning to be hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, T.J. Chism quickly emptied them with a double to left field.

The Quakers were able to get one run back in the bottom of the inning when Jeff Cellucci, Michael Gatti and Steve Gable strung together three singles. Tom Grandieri had also singled to lead off the inning, but was thrown out at second when he got caught up in between bases.

One has to wonder if the game would have unfolded differently if Matt Toffaletti’s drive to deep left-center in the second inning was ruled a homerun as it appeared to be. The umpire who made the ruling on the play called that the ball bounced twice on the yellow line that tops the wall around the outfield – and not that it bounced once and then hit the netting beyond the wall before coming back onto the field. While a round ball bouncing twice in the same spot on a rounded fence top is an impressive feat of physics, it did not lead to a run. Toffaletti stood at second with a double and advanced to third on a Grandieri single before a double play ended the inning with no runs for the Red and Blue.

Sean Kennedy pitched 6.1 innings for the Explorers and allowed only one run on seven hits for his first collegiate win. Terry was the tough-luck loser. All six runs he gave up were unearned.

The Quakers return to Ivy League play this weekend with a pair of games at Princeton.