Easton, Pa. - Vince Voiro was nearly untouchable on Friday afternoon, throwing a complete-game shutout and striking out 10 Lafayette Leopards without a walk as Penn won its second game in a row, taking down its Patriot League competition, 2-0. The Quakers improve to 6-8 on the year and welcome the Leopards to Meiklejohn Stadium tomorrow for a doubleheader slated for 10:30 a.m.
Brandon Engelhardt opened the game with a first-pitch double to right field and was brought home on a one-out double from Spencer Branigan for a 1-0 Penn advantage. After Lafayette went down in order in the bottom of the first, the Quakers struck again in the second inning. DH James Mraz started it out with a one-out single to short and then stole second with two away in the frame. Kyle Toomey brought him around to score with a triple to right field, making it 2-0 very early. While the offense seemed to be clicking, they would be limited to two hits by Lafayette starter John Gentile and reliever Sean McGrath the rest of the way.
Fortunately, with Voiro dealing, the offense had done all they needed to do. Bobby Fargnoli singled to lead off the second inning for the Leopards but he was caught stealing by Austin Bossart. That proved to be the last baserunner Lafayette had until an error in the fifth inning put a man on first. Voiro responded with a strikeout and soft fly ball to Greg Zebrack in center field to end the inning.
Lafayette threatened again in the bottom of the seventh with a bunt single and double from the first two hitters to put two on with no outs. But with clean-up hitter Bobby Fargnoli at the plate, third baseman Rick Brebner was able to field a sharp ground ball cleanly and tag out the lead runner for the first out. After another single loaded the bases, Voiro struck out consecutive hitters to send the game into the eighth inning with no damage done. The Leopards followed up by going in order in the eighth and managed just a two-out single in the ninth inning before an infield grounder went from Derek Vigoa to Toomey covering second for the game-ending force out.
Voiro improves to 3-1 with the win and has earned the victory in three straight starts. Gentile (0-5) was Friday's hard-luck loser, throwing seven innings and giving up just the two early runs before giving way to McGrath, who hurled the final two innings and allowed just one Penn hitter to reach base, that coming on a walk.