PHILADELPHIA - Rider's Gene Crimoli ripped a two-out, two-run home run in the eighth inning off Penn reliever Michael Gibbons to hand the Quakers a 10-8 loss on Tuesday afternoon at Meiklejohn Stadium.
The story of the game was Penn's inability to close out innings, as Rider scored nine of its 10 runs with two outs.
After the Broncs went up 1-0 in the third, the Quakers scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning on RBI singles by Alex Nwaka, Kyle Armeny and Andy Console.
But the fourth inning proved to be the Achilles heel for the Quakers once again, as the Broncs rallied with two outs to score four runs and claim a 5-3 lead. A two-run double by Kevin States keyed the rally for Rider.
Rider scored a run in the top of the sixth to increase its lead to 6-3, but Penn closed the gap after RBI doubles by Jarron Smith and Ken-Ichi Hino made the score 6-5 in the bottom ofthe sixth.
With the Broncs holding a 7-5 lead in the seventh frame, Penn's Josh Corn led off with a double and was driven home on a base-hit by Armeny. The Quakers then loaded the bases for Scott Graham, who was hit by a pitch to score Armeny from third base and tie the contest up at 7-7. Tim May hit a sacrifice fly to score Console, who had reached on an error, from third base for the go-ahead run.
The Quaker lead was short-lived, however, as Gibbons cruised through the first two batters of the eighth inning, but allowed a two-out single to Mike Poalise before giving up the two-run homer on the first pitch to Crimoli.
An RBI groundout by States in the ninth inning gave Rider an insurance run, and James Hayes pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his third save of the season.
Armeny had two hits and two RBI for Penn while Corn and Smith added two hits each.
The Quakers return to action on Saturday, April 22, for a doubleheader at Ivy League rival Princeton, beginning at noon.