Fresno, Calif. - Penn baseball took the lead in the top of the ninth inning by scoring four runs but lost the game, 9-8, after giving up four runs to Southern Utah on Saturday night. Matt Horn led the Red and Blue offensively with four hits in five at bats. The senior catcher had three RBI and a pair of runs scored in the loss.
Senior co-captain Evan Sobel began Penn's (0-1) scoring barrage in the ninth with a single to bring home freshman Kyle Armeny, who had reached on a single, stole second and reached third on an error. Alex Blagojevich slapped one of his two doubles to advance Sobel to third and Nate Moffie cleared the bases with a one-out single. Both Blagojevich and Moffie finished the game 2-for-5 at the plate. Horn drove in the Red and Blue's final run with a single to score Moffie.
Southern Utah (8-5) used the long ball to spark its comeback win. Aaron Nelson sent his second homerun over the wall to score a pair and bring the score to 8-7 in favor of Penn. Nelson led the Thunderbirds at the plate, going 3-for-5 with six RBI. A hit batsmen scored the tying run and Greg Marshall drove in the game winner with a single to score J.D. Westphal.
Bill Kirk went 4.1 innings, giving four earned runs and striking out a pair in his first start of the season. Kameron Francom picked up the win despite pitching only one-third of an inning and facing only one batter.
The Quakers take the diamond on March 6 against Monmouth in Fresno, Calif. at 1 p.m. (PST).
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications