PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers won the first game of their Ivy season with an 8-6 come-from-behind victory over Brown on Saturday, but couldn't earn the sweep, dropping the second contest 11-5.
In the opener, Reid Terry pitched 3.0 innings of relief for the win, while on offense Derek Vigoa was 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI. Senior Tom Grandieri also went yard and finished the game 3-for-3 with two RBI. Grandieri concluded the day 5-for-7 overall and added an RBI and run scored in the second game.
Sophomore Vince Voiro got the start on the hill and kept the Bears off the board in the first. Josh Feit singled to lead off the top of the second and eventually came around to score to put Brown up 1-0.
The Quakers tied the game in the bottom of the frame, as Grandieri doubled to lead off and moved to third on a bunt single by Jeremy Maas. Catcher Will Davis then flied out to center, scoring Grandieri.
Tied at one, Brown scored four more in the top of the third. Four of the first five runners reached, and a double scored the remaining two on base to make it a 5-1 game. Voiro got the last two without any more damage done.
The Red and Blue were silent in the third but came back in the bottom of the fourth with their own rally. Grandieri started the rally off once again, singling to third base. Maas walked and Davis doubled down the left field line scoring both runners. Vigoa followed with his first home run of the season, knotting the game at 5-5. That was all they would get as none of the next three batters reached base.
Voiro got himself into trouble in the fifth, allowing the first two runners to get on before being pulled for senior Reid Terry. Terry gave up an RBI single, but struck the next batter out and induced a double play to end the inning.
Down 6-5, Mike Mariano earned a one-out walk with Grandieri on deck. The senior continued his hot hitting, belting a shot over the centerfield wall for his third home run in the last week. Terry shut down the Bears the rest of the way and the Quakers added an insurance run in the sixth for the 8-6 final.
Chris McNulty got the ball in the second game and threw well through the first two innings. The southpaw had some trouble in the third, allowing three hits, which led to a pair of Brown runs.
Facing a 2-0 deficit, the Penn bats came alive. Maas raked a one-out triple down the right field line and Dan Williams singled to score the junior. William Gordon followed with a double, scoring Williams. A two-out single by Grandieri brought Gordon around and made it a 3-2 game. Consecutive singles by James Mraz and Davis pushed the lead to 5-3, before Davis got thrown out at second trying to steal.
The Bears got back into the game in the fifth, as Graham Tyler hit a solo shot to open the frame. Each of the next three runners reached, with one scoring on a wild pitch by McNulty. With runners on the corners, senior Robbie Seymour relieved McNulty. The senior gave up a run scoring fielder's choice, but a 6-4-3 double play got him out of the inning.
Tied at five, it was the Bears who made the necessary plays, taking advantage of Penn miscues in scoring four unearned runs in the eighth. The Red and Blue managed just a single in the bottom of the frame and two more runs in the top of the ninth made it an 11-5 contest.
Penn moves to 1-1in Ivy play and 10-10 overall this year. It first opening day split since the 2007 season for the Quakers. The team also extended their streak of ten hit games to four with 10 and 13 hits on Saturday.
The Red and Blue return to the diamond tomorrow when they take on Yale in a doubleheader beginning at noon.