PHILADELPHIA- Playing a decisive fifth game of the season against Lafayette in the consolation game of the Liberty Bell Classic, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team topped the Leopards 6-5 and took the season series 3-2. Penn's bats got off to a good start and rallied again late to allow the Quakers to hang on for a tight win.
IT'S BEEN COLD, BUT HE'S HEATING UP: Ryan Mincher found his stroke again over the weekend, hitting two home runs against Yale on Sunday and continued his streak of impressive play with a triple to lead off the second inning. The senior would score one batter later when Sean Phelan flew out to center.
PENN GETS BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM ITS FOES: Still leading 1-0 in the third, Penn scored three times thanks to a few miscues by the Leopards. With two outs, Tim Graul hit what looked to be a routine third out, but in Tuesday's bright sky, it was lost and fell allowing Graul to hustle into second with a two-bagger. Phelan followed with a ground ball to short that couldn't be handled and allowed Graul to score. After Daniel Halevy singled, Mincher recorded his second hit of the afternoon, an RBI single to center and Matt O'Neill beat out a slow roller to that allowed Halevy to scamper home and make it 4-0.
RETURNING THE FAVOR:Penn allowed a run in the fifth and sixth, both unearned due to errors on the infield. Alex Woinski got the offense started with a rare infield double. Woinski popped a ball high in the air that was once again lost in the tough sky and dropped 20 feet from home plate. He scored when John Selsor grounded a ball to second that was thrown away. Steven Cohen scored in the six on a two base error at first, making it 4-2 after six.
GETTING IT BACK:Leading by two in the ninth, the Quakers restored their four-run lead when O'Neill scored on a wild pitch and Matt McGeagh drove in a run with a single to left.
LEOPARDS LINGER:Lafayette scored three times in the ninth, but Jake Nelson stranded the tying run at third and the winning run at second for his second save of the season.
QUAKER NOTES:Adam Bleday made his fourth start and picked up his first win of the season... Bleday pitched five innings and allowed just one unearned run on two hits... Ryan Mincher watched his average climb even higher with a 2-for-4 day... Jake Nelson earned his second save of the season, coming into the ninth with the bases loaded and no one out in a 6-3 game.
UP NEXT:Penn hits the road for the first time in Ivy League play. The Quakers will have two games at Dartmouth on Saturday and two more at Harvard on Sunday. Both days will begin at noon.