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Leopards Edged in Home Opener by Penn

March 29, 2017

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EASTON, Pa. – Two late runs gave Penn the edge in the Liberty Bell Classic opener as the Quakers defeated the Lafayette baseball team 9-8 on Wednesday afternoon in Kamine Stadium.

A lot of the production for Lafayette (2-23) came from the bottom of the order. Alex Woinski and Patrick Nelson combined to bat 4-for-9 at the dish with four runs scored and two RBIs. Hitting in the nine spot, Brandon Posivak also crossed home twice and added a hit and an RBI.

After falling behind 6-0 after the first inning, the Leopards came up to bat in the second and put a large dent into the deficit. It started with a Spencer Rouse leadoff walk and five straight singles ensued that brought in four runs before the inning came to a close.

In the third, the Leopards made it a one-run game once Nelson doubled to right center before later coming in to score on a Penn (9-9) throwing error during the following Lafayette at-bat.

The Quakers plated a run in the fifth after Matt Tola hit an infield single with two runners in scoring position to put Penn ahead 7-5. However, the Leopards responded by plating a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning.

With Woinski and Posivak on second and first, Steven Cohen shot an RBI single into right center. After loading the bases up with two outs, John Selsor was walked and the game-tying run crossed the plate. However, the Leopards failed to generate any more runs in the inning as the Quakers induced a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play.

The score did not remain even for long as the Quakers put up an unanswered run in both the sixth and seventh inning to grab a 9-7 advantage.

In the eighth, the Leopards put two runners on after Bubb and Robinson both walked. With one out in the inning, Dan Leckie hit an infield single and the bases were loaded. After the second out was recorded, Lafayette plated a run once Woinski drew a bases-loaded walk to trim the deficit to one, 9-8.

That was all the Leopards were able to muster though and ultimately, Penn walked away with the non-conference victory.

The Leopards will return to action this weekend when they open up Patriot League play at home against Army, beginning on Saturday at noon with a doubleheader tilt.