Ithaca, N.Y. - The Quakers were unable to get their offense going on Monday and Cornell took advantage, beating the Red and Blue twice with a tight 3-0 win in the opener and then a 13-4 victory in the second game of the afternoon.
Sophomore John Beasley got the start in the first game and scattered six hits over 5.1 innings while giving up just two earned runs and striking out three batters. However, it wasn't enough as the Penn offense totaled just four hits and was shut out for the first time this year. Senior Jeremy Maas went 2-for-3 in the loss.
The senior finished the day 3-for-5 while sophomore Spencer Branigan finished with a hit in both games. Sophomore Greg Zebrack went hitless in the first game but came back with a 2-for-5 performance in the second game, and Dan Williams hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot.
The two losses drop the Quakers to 17-19 on the season and 8-8 in Ivy League play, four games behind division rival Princeton with one weekend of action left.
In the opener, Beasley found himself down 2-0 early after giving up back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the first. The Big Red added to the lead in the third with an unearned run.
Trailing 3-0, the Quakers had a chance to score in the fifth, loading the bases with one out. A single by Maas, a fielding error and a walk to Rick Brebner put three runners on for pinch hitter Mike Mariano. Mariano went down swinging, however and Zebrack grounded out to end the scoring threat.
Beasley and reliever Alex Ott shut down Cornell the rest of the way but the Red and Blue only got one runner on each inning to drop the first game.
In the second game Cornell once again took an early lead, scoring five times in the first two innings off starter Chris McNulty. Penn finally got some offense the top of the third with three runs, to make it a 5-3 game.
Zebrack singled with one out and after advancing to second on a wild pitch, was thrown out at home on a single to center by Engelhardt. Williams followed with his third home run of the season to cut the deficit to three. Branigan continued the run with a double and Will Davis singled him home. A throwing error by the shortstop allowed Maas to reach and advanced Davis to second, however the scoring ended on a groundout by Brebner.
The Big Red blew open the game in the fourth with three more runs, two of which came on bases-loaded walks. Penn got a run back in the top of the fifth but four more Cornell scores in the bottom of the frame pushed the advantage to 12-4. The Big Red added one more run in the seventh for the 13-4 final.
Penn returns to action when the team begins a four-game home and home series with Columbia to conclude their season. The doubleheaders start at noon on Friday in New York and then Saturday in Philadelphia.
Note: Dan Williams' run in the second game was the 132nd of his career, moving him into second place on the school's all-time list ... He also played in his 157th game on Monday, a Penn record.