Offense Leads Baseball In Home Opener

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers scored eight times in the first four innings on their way to a 12-6 drubbing of Temple on Wednesday at Meiklejohn Stadium.

Junior Dan Williams led the offense with a pair of home runs and four RBI, while junior Will Davis also went yard with one of his two hits, chipping in with three RBI.

Reid Terry got the win for the Red and Blue as he was one of nine different Quakers to take the mound against the Owls. The senior went 2.0 innings, giving up just one hit and no runs while striking out one. Terry has yet to give up an earned run in 6.1 innings of action this year.

Vinceo Voiro took the mound to open the game, but gave up consecutive doubles to fall in the 1-0 hole. A single put runners on the corners, but three consecutive out, a sacrifice fly included, ending the frame.

Fortunate for Voiro the Penn bats didn't waste any time getting the runs back, as Williams went deep with two outs and Emilio Pastor on first to tied the game up at two. Freshman Spencer Branigan and junior Mike Mariano followed with a pair of walks and Davis hit a run scoring single to centerfield. A groundout ended the scoring, but the Quakers held the 3-2 edge.

Penn added another run in the second, as each of the first three runners reached, with Derek Vigoa scoring on a sacrifice fly by Williams. Temple wasn't going to go down without a fight, scoring twice in the top of the third to knot the game at four apiece.

In the bottom of the frame, the Quakers took the lead for good. Mariano hit a one-out single and Davis followed with his third home run of the season. The next three runners all reached base, as Mraz walked, while Derek Vigoa and Tom Grandieri hit back-to-back doubles to push the lead to 8-4. The lead stayed at four as the next two batters both flied out.

Sophomore southpaw Chris McNulty sent the Owls down in order in the fourth and a solo shot by Williams led off the bottom of the inning, as Penn made it a 9-4 game. Single runs by Temple in the fifth and sixth made it 9-6, but Branigan scored in the bottom of the seventh to make it 10-6.

In the eighth Branigan made sure there would be no comeback, blasting a two-run triple to the centerfield wall, for his second of the season and a 12-6 advantage. Trey Jennings came in for Terry, who pitched the seventh and eighth, and sent the Owls down in order to end the game.

Penn improves to 3-5 with the victory as the team totaled 11 hits on the evening. The pitching was solid overall, as six of the nine pitchers who appeared did not give up an earned run.

The Quakers return to action on Saturday when they host Mount St. Mary's at Meiklejohn Stadium for a doubleheader beginning at noon.