NEW HAVEN – Penn’s Ivy League struggles continued on Sunday at Yale as the Bulldogs swept the Quakers. Penn is now 0-8 in the Ivy League and 10-16 overall.
In game one, Penn trailed, 5-2, after two innings, but rallied to take a 6-5 lead with a run in the fourth and three runs in the sixth on a Jeremy Maas three-run homer.
However, Trygg Larsson-Danforth’s second home run of the game was the difference maker in the bottom of the seventh. With a runner on second and one out, Larsson-Danforth stepped to the plate and sent a Tommy Grandieri pitch over the fence in left-center for a two-run homer to win the game.
In game two, Penn appeared to put the heartbreak behind them early, scoring a run in the first when James Mraz doubled, reached third on a groundout and then scampered home on a wild pitch.
However, Yale answered with a run in the bottom of the first with an RBI single from Andy Megee.
The Bulldogs tacked on five more in the third inning to extend their lead. The big blast was an Andrew Kolmar three-run homer off starter Chris McNulty.
Trailing 7-1 late, Penn added a run in the eighth on a Will Davis fielder’s choice that scored Grandieri. The Quakers then added two runs in the ninth off RBI singles from Mraz and Dan Williams. Mike Mariano came to bat with a chance to tie the game, but grounded into a fielder’s choice for the final out.