PHILADELPHIA - An early 3-0 lead was squandered quickly after Saint Joseph's exploded for 12 runs in the fourth inning to key a 20-9 rout by the Hawks over the Quakers in Philadelphia Diamond Five action at Meiklejohn Stadium on Wednesday.
Penn (6-14) went up early on Saint Joseph's (10-18) after a two-run single by Kyle Armeny in the first inning and a single by Scott Graham that advanced Michael Gatti, who walked, who then scored on an error by shortstop Chris Cashman.
It was a typical mid-weekgame rotationfor the Quaker pitching staff, as starter Bret Wallace pitched a scoreless first inning but then gave way to Brian Cirri, who allowed no runs in the next two frames before he was pulled in favor of Kenny Yoo.
Yoo struggled, walking two and hitting a batter before the first Hawks run crossed the plate on a dropped fly ball by right fielder Gatti. That opened the flood gates for Saint Joseph's, as they reeled off hit after hit on Quaker pitching, including two-run singles by Jeremy Scott and Cashman and a two-run double by Jeremy Jakubowski. In total, the Hawks scored 12 runs on eight hits in the frame to take a 12-3 lead.
Saint Joseph's wouldn't be finished, though, as theyadded eight more runs in the next four innings, with only three of the runs earned - Penn committed seven errors for the game.
The Quakers managed six more runs, but the Hawks kept the game out of reach.
It was a game of big numbers for both teams, as they combined for 29 runs, 30 hits, 11 errors and 13 total pitchers used.
The Hawks' Joel Grimshaw (1-1) was credited with the win after going 3 1/3 innings while allowing four runs on six hits. Scott went 3-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored while Mike Blahusch added three hits and three RBI for Saint Joseph's.
Yoo (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on one hit with two walks in five batters faced.
Graham had a solid day at the plate for the Quakers, going 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Josh Corn went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored.
Penn returns to the diamond this Saturday, April 1,for an Ivy League doubleheader with Brown at Meiklejohn Stadium. The Penn Athletic Department will officially dedicate Meiklejohn Stadium with a presentation at the conclusion of game one, which is slated to start at 11:30 a.m.