EASTON, Pa. - The Penn baseball team took an early 7-0 lead and held on for a 10-5 victory over Lafayette on Wednesday at the Class of '78 Stadium.
The Quakers, who scoredat least a run in each of the first five innings,were led by freshman Tim May (4-for-5, three RBI) andjunior Joey Boaen, who hit his first collegiate home run in thesecond inning.
May's one-run single in the first inning scored Boaen, who reached on an error, to give Penn an early 1-0 lead. The Quakers scored two more in the second off Boaen's two-run blast to right field off Lafayette starter Brian Cope.
Penn scored four runs in the next two innings toclaim a7-0 advantageonRBI singles by Alex Nwaka, Kyle Armeny and May (one run scored on a Leopard error in the third).
After Lafayette plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth, senior Ken-Ichi Hino gave Penn an 8-2 lead after walking, advancing to third on two groundouts, and scoring on a wild pitch.
The Leopards scored three more runs in the next three innings, includinga solo homer by Kevin Leasure, to close the gap to 8-5.
May would again come through in the clutch with an RBI double that scored Josh Corn, who walked, in the eighth inning to give Penn a 9-5 lead.
The Quakers found themselves in a bit of a jam in the eighth inning, as two singles and a hit batsman loaded the bases with no outs for the Leopards. But Penn reliever Doug Brown killed any thought of a Lafayette comeback bystriking outChris Luick, getting Chris Losch to pop-out to second base for out number two, then forcing James Conrad to ground into a fielder's choice for the final out of the inning.
Brown then tossed a scoreless ninth, striking out Ian McCutcheon to end the game and secure his second save of the season.
Bret Wallace (2-0) picked up the win for the Quakers in relief of starter Brian Cirri, who allowed no runs and just one hit in 2 1/3 innings with two strikeouts in a typical short midweek outing.
Boaen went 2-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored while Corn added two hits and two runs scored for the Quakers.
Penn returns home to start its Ivy League season against Columbia on Saturday, March 25. The doubleheader against the Lions will start at 11:30 a.m., at Meiklejohn Stadium.