Highlanders Fall in Florida Opener

Chris Cardone reached base 3 times

March 15, 2008

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - Penn, the defending Ivy League Gehrig Division baseball champion, wrote a happy ending to its trip to Florida with a 12-1 win over NJIT, which was playing its first Florida game Saturday evening.

The Quakers, who have been playing in Florida since last Saturday, broke open a close game with 10 runs in their last four innings turning a 2-1 lead at the midpoint into a 12-1 final bulge that lifted their season record to 3-5, including a win earlier on Saturday.

Penn, which pounded out 18 hits against three NJIT pitchers, got 3-for-5 days each from CF Adrian Lorenzo, RF Matt Toffaletti and DH Will Davis and two hits apiece from four other batters.

The winning pitcher, with a strong seven innings was Penn starter Todd Roth (2-0), who yielded just three singles and a lone unearned run, while striking out nine and walking two.

NJIT's number one pitcher, left-hander PJ Saporito, started an lost, finishing with 5.1 innings pitched, with 12 hits, nine runs (seven earned), three strikeouts and a walk. Matt Melody and Spiro Molfetas followed Saporito. Molfetas had the best line of the Highlander pitching trio, allowing an unearned run in one inning of work.

The four NJIT hits came from four different men--CF Craig Binkiewicz, DH Matt Schlitter, 3B Rich Nazario and C Chris Cardone, who also reached base two other times on a walk and a hit-by-pitch.

The Highlanders continued their trend of getting the game's first run, as Binkiewicz scored in the top of the third inning giving them a short-lived 1-0 lead. NJIT (2-9) has scored first in eight of its 11 games.

Binkiewicz led off the third with a single, stole second and moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by SS Miguel Lugo. After that, the next two Highlanders struck out, but the second one, 1B Mike Turner, reached base on a passed ball and Binkiewicz came home with what would be NJIT's only run.

Penn came back in the bottom of the third, tying the score on a one-out triple for Lorenzo, who scored the go-ahead run on a single by the next batter, 2B Steve Gable.

The score stayed 2-1 for Penn heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, where the Quakers pulled away with four runs, followed by three in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth.

The Highlanders will be back at it quickly, taking on Pitt in a 10 am start on Sunday.


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