HANOVER, N.H. – On Sunday afternoon at Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team extended two winning streaks, and accomplished a feat that no team had done previously, in sweeping the Big Green at home, 4-0 and 7-4.
The two wins pushed Penn (15-10, 8-0 Ivy) to its 11th straight victory and an 8-0 start in the Ivy League. The consecutive wins, and perfect start in league play are the best by a Penn team in over a decade.
With the sweep of Dartmouth (5-16, 2-6 Ivy), Penn also became the first time to ever take both games of a doubleheader at Biondi Park in Hanover. Biondi Park was added to the site of Red Rolfe Field prior to the 2009 season.
Game one saw a pitching duel for the first four innings, with Penn right-handed pitcher Connor Cuff and Dartmouth’s Michael Danielak, posting scoreless frames.
In the top of the fifth, the Quakers Mike Vilardo broke the scoreless streak, leading off the inning with a solo home run to left field. Penn would then load the bases on singles by Brandon Engelhardt, Ryan Mincher, and Mitch Montaldo, but would be unable to score, after a line out and a ground ball double play.
Penn would load the bases again in the sixth inning on three straight singles by Rick Brebner, Jeff McGarry, and Matt McKinnon. The Quakers again would only get one run, coming off another Engelhardt single, giving them a 2-0 lead.
Playing add-on in the seventh inning, Penn would collect two more insurance runs. Connor Betbeze led off the inning with a triple to right centerfield, followed by a RBI single to right by Brebner. Later in the inning, Brebner would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Vilardo.
Cuff limited Dartmouth batters to just five hits in seven innings, collecting his third win of the season. The junior, allowed one walk and hit two batters, while striking out five.
After a slow start offensively to the game, Penn would wind up recording 13 hits with Brebner, McGarry, McKinnon, Vilardo, and Engelhardt all recording two hits.
Penn fell behind early in game two, with Dartmouth getting three hits in the first inning, while scoring one run on Quakers starter Jack Hartman. The freshman left-hander would give up two solo home runs in the bottom of the third inning, giving way to junior Ronnie Glenn, who would get a ground out and a strikeout to end the inning.
The Quakers would bounce right back in the top of the fourth inning on a pair of doubles that would drive in runs. Ryan Mincher doubled to left center, scoring Engelhardt and McGarry, before Mitch Montaldo doubled to right center, scoring Mincher, making it 3-3.
Dartmouth added one in the bottom half of the fourth, but Rick Brebner put Penn back on top in the fifth, hitting his league leading, seventh home run to right field.
The run in the fourth for the Big Green would be their last, as the left-hander Glenn, pitched well in 6 2/3 innings of relief, scattering five hits, allowing only one walk, while striking out four, earning his second win of the season.
Up Next: Penn will have six home games in the upcoming week, beginning with Saint Joseph’s in the second round of the Liberty Bell Classic on Tuesday, April 8 at 3 p.m. The Quakers will then host Saint Peter’s on Wednesday beginning at 3:30 p.m., before hosting Ivy League Gehrig Division rival Cornell in four games over the weekend. Penn will be looking to extend a 7-0 home record at Meiklejohn Stadium.