March 31, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - A nine-run fourth inning did all the necessary damage as Penn defeated the Saint Joseph's baseball team, 16-4, in the first round of the Liberty Bell Classic on Wednesday afternoon. Due to a scheduling conflict at Campbell's Field, the game was played at Penn's Meiklejohn Stadium, with SJU serving as the home team.
In the top of the fourth, Penn (9-9) exploded for nine runs to kick off the scoring. Fourteen batters came to the plate as the Quakers racked up eight hits.
Saint Joseph's (6-12) got on the board in the bottom half as Ryan McDonald hit a solo home run to right center to cut the lead to eight.
A walk and an infield singles with the bases loaded extended the Quaker lead to 13-3 in the sixth before a Dan Williams double pushed the lead to 12.
Penn scored their final run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh, and the Hawks closed out the scoring on an RBI single by McDonald in the eighth.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow afternoon for an Atlantic 10 doubleheader against Saint Louis at Campbell's Field. The first game is slated for 3:00 p.m.