PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers used three solo home runs to beat Yale 5-2 in the first game of the day and then scored five times in the seventh in taking the second contest 12-4.
Junior Paul Cusick went 5.1 innings in the first game, allowing just two hits and striking out nine for his second win of the season. In the second game, Penn trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of seventh, but a five-run two-out rally highlighted by a double from Mike Mariano put the Red and Blue ahead for good.
Third baseman Dan Williams went 5-for-7 with three runs and two walks on the day, while junior Adrian Lorenzo went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Mariano caught the second game went 3-for-5 with two RBI at the plate.
Cusick had trouble in the first inning of the opener, walking the first two batters of the game. However, he got out of trouble as he induced a 5-4-3 double play and struck out cleanup hitter Trygg Larsson-Danforth to end the inning. Yale did score the next inning, as Cusick gave up a leadoff double and a Charlie Neil home run two batters later made it 2-0.
No hit through the first two innings, the Penn bats awoke in the third. Davis led off with a solo shot to left center to cut the lead in half. Lorenzo then singled with one out, stole second and moved to third on a grounder. Williams brought him home with a single to tie the game at two before a ground out ended the frame.
The Quakers continued their scoring an inning later, as freshman Spencer Branigan went yard for the first time in his career to make it 3-2. Shortstop Derek Vigoa followed with a single and came around to score on a two-out single up the middle by Lorenzo.
Cusick, senior Reid Terry and sophomore Trey Jennings kept the Bulldog bats hitless through the final three innings, and Tom Grandieri added a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 5-2 ballgame.
Senior Todd Roth got the ball to start the second game and pitched well through the first three innings. In the top of the fourth he got himself in trouble, giving up consecutive doubles to lead off the inning. He struck out the next batter, but each of the next two singled to push the lead to 2-0. Roth regrouped, to get the final two outs and avoid any more damage.
In the bottom of the frame, Williams led off with a double, and moved to second three batters later on a two-out single by Mariano. Vigoa followed with a single through the right side to bring Williams home and slice the deficit in half.
Yale added a run in the top of the fifth, but the Red and Blue cut into the Bulldogs lead half an inning later. Penn loaded the bases with no outs, and a fielder's choice by Grandieri scored one. William Gordon then hit a fly ball to leftfield, scoring Mraz, who was on third, to tie the game at three.
The Bulldogs got to Roth again in the sixth, scoring once to take a 4-3 lead. The 4-3 advantage lasted until the seventh, when the Quakers staged a massive two-out rally.
Williams singled to avoid the 1-2-3 inning and Grandieri followed
suit with a single up the middle. A base rip by Gordon drove home Williams to
tie the game at four and Mariano delivered the knockout with a two-run double
to the wall in center. Vigoa kept the rally going with a run scoring single and
Will Davis doubled home Penn's fifth run of the inning to make it an 8-4
contest. Yale finally got the third out as Emilio Pastor struck out with
runners second and third.
The Red and Blue added more runs in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by Lorenzo's leadoff home run, his first of the season. Penn scored three more times and got four more hits before the inning ended with the Quakers on top 12-4.
Penn tallied 15 hits in the second game and added 11 in the first, its fifth and sixth straight contests with at least ten hits. The played errorless baseball in both games on Sunday, marking the fourth time in five games the Red and Blue have achieved that feat.
With the win the Quakers move to 3-1 in the Ivy League and 12-10 on the season. Penn returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Delaware in the semifinals of the Liberty Bell Classic. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. and live stats will be available for the game. The winner advances to play in the final held at Citizen's Bank Park.