PHILADELPHIA – An early Penn outburst proved too much to overcome as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team fell to Penn, 20-7, at Meiklejohn Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.  The game was halted after seven innings due to darkness.

Saint Joseph’s (12-13) took the lead in the top of the first inning after Brendan Hueth led off the game with a single and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Nate Thomas.

The Quakers answered with 11 runs in the bottom half of the inning, capitalizing on eight hits, two errors, and two walks.

The Hawks hung three on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth.  Andrew Cossetti and Kadar Namey drew consecutive two-out walks to bring up Jake Artz, who ripped a double into the left field corner to bring home both runners and make it an 11-3 game.  After a wild pitch moved him up to third, Artz would then score on an RBI single by Chris Skermo.

Penn (14-8) got all three back in the bottom of the inning on a bases-loaded triple by Peter Matt; an RBI groundout by Matt O’Neill then brought him home to make it 15-4.  A two-run single by Chris Adams and a two-run home run by Jackson Petersen pushed the margin up to 15 after five.

Namey led off the sixth with a double for the Hawks and came around to score on another base hit by Skermo.  Pinch hitter Langston Livingston followed with an infield single before a wild pitch put runners on second and third for Liam Bendo, who legged out an infield single of his own to drive in Skermo.  James McConnon followed with a sacrifice fly to close out the scoring for SJU.

The hosts tacked on one more in the bottom of the seventh on a single by Sean Phelan before play was halted due to the dwindling daylight at the end of the inning.  It was the second consecutive meeting between the schools to be affected by darkness; last season’s Liberty Bell Classic quarterfinal, won by the Hawks in 10 innings, was suspended after nine.

Saint Joseph’s will look to bounce back on Wednesday afternoon when Lehigh visits Smithson Field in a game rescheduled from March 6.  First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.

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