Penn led 8-3 in the top of the seventh inning of game one, and was ahead 8-5 with two out before Jim Wren launched a game-tieing three-run homer to left-center off starter Todd Roth.
Penn had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the inning after William Gordon led the inning off with a double. He was thrown out at third trying to advance on a fielder’s choice from Derek Vigoa. Adrian Thomas’ liner to right turned into a double play when Vigoa was trapped around second base.
In the eighth inning, the floodgates remained open for
The tough ending to the game erased an explosive fourth inning for the Quakers. Penn sent 12 men to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring eight runs off Robert Young. A Vigoa double scored Dan Williams and Jeremy Maas. Jeff Cellucci followed with a run-scoring single. James Mraz then drove in Cellucci with a single of his own. An infield single from Tom Grandieri loaded the bases for Williams. Penn’s thirdbaseman delivered, clearing the bases after his shot to left was misplayed by Wren, scoring three unearned runs.
Alas, for Penn, after they surrendered the game with a late-inning collapse, the Red and Blue were faced with a quick turnaround before beginning game two of the doubleheader.
The result was similar for Penn in the second game, as the Big Green erased a Quaker lead to roll to a second win.
Catcher Will Davis did his part in the game, launching two home runs – a pair of solo shots, one each in the second and eighth innings.
In the third, Paglairulo singled home Joe Sclafani to tie the game. In the fourth inning,
After Sclafani flew out to center, the Big Green came through with some two-out fanfare. Jeff Onstott, singled home Gardner then Nick Santomauro doubled in another run.
Penn got the lead back to 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to an RBI-single from Gordon.
Cusick could not keep the Big Green within reach, however, as he allowed two runs back for
In the eighth inning, with Chris McNulty in the game to pitch for Penn,
Penn attempted a rally in the bottom of the ninth, scoring two runs and bringing the tieing run to the plate. Pinch-hitter Mike Mariano scored Thomas with a double to left center. Mariano got greedy however, running through the stop sign to be thrown out at third. After James Mraz flew out to right for the second out of the inning, Penn put together three hits to score another run.
Penn is now 10-9 this season and 0-2 in Ivy games.
The Quakers are back on the field on Sunday for a twinbill with Harvard starting at noon.