Grandieri tied his career high in home runs with two on the day – one in each game. He drove in a total of four runs on three hits. On the flip side, his error in right field in the top of the first led to three unearned runs which gave the Hoyas a 4-0 lead a half inning into the game.
Grandieri, not content to leave his mark on just the offensive and defensive portions of the game, picked up the win in game two – after blowing a save in the ninth inning by giving up a three-run homer to Sean Lamont that erased a 5-3 Penn lead with two outs.
The southpaw has a resilient Penn lineup to thank for the W. In the nightcap, after the Quakers gave up the lead they had built early in the game, Penn refused to give up – even when faced with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Freshman James Mraz, who entered the game in rightfield defensively in the top of the ninth, drew a walk in his first collegiate at-bat to start the ninth inning. After Jeff Cellucci struck out and Adrian Lorenzo grounded out to the pitcher, Mike Mariano gave Penn its second runner of the inning when he was hit by
It was then that Harris’ control again came back to haunt the Hoyas.
Matt Tellem, who had pinch-ran for Mariano, advanced to third on a wild pitch from Harris. With junior tri-captain Steve Gable at the plate and the winning run 90-feet away, Harris needed his best command. Fortunately for the Red and Blue, Harris again couldn’t find the catcher’s mitt and Tellem scampered home with the winning run and Penn’s first win of the 2009 campaign.
The Quakers had taken a 2-0 lead after the first inning when Grandieri sent his second homer of the day into the netting in right-center. The Quakers manufactured their way to a 5-1 lead after two Jeremy Maas doubled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a
From the third inning on, Penn’s bats went silent, managing just four hits over the next six innings before the last-inning heroics.
The lack of offense allowed the Hoyas to climb back in the game.
Lamont connected for his second of three homers in the doubleheader in the third inning. Tommyy Lee scored
Penn was one out away from the win in the ninth after Grandieri induced a fly-out from Dan Capeless, but Lamont’s longball prolonged the game, setting the stage for a walk-off win for the Quakers.
The win in game two salvaged a split for the Quakers after
William Gordon and Grandieri were the only bright spots for Penn in the game – each hitting home runs in the loss.
Penn is off until its Spring Break trip March 6-15 at