PHILADELPHIA -Junior Vince Voiro tossed a three-hitter as Penn beat Dartmouth 3-2 in the opener and the offense powered the team to a 14-10 come-from-behind win in the night cap at Meiklejohn Stadium on Sunday.
Junior Vince Voiro allowed just two hits and no runs through the first 6.2 innings in shutting down the potent Dartmouth offense before giving up a late home run and finishing with the 3-2 victory. He ended the day with nine strikeouts and only allowed one hit over a six-inning stretch from the first to the seventh in a duel featuring two of the league's best hitters.
The sweep over Dartmouth on Sunday is the first time the Quakers have swept the Big Green since 2007. Coupled with the Harvard sweep, it is the first time Penn has swept an Ivy weekend since head coach John Cole took over prior to the 2006 season. The four wins move the team over .500 at 12-10 and a perfect 4-0 in league play. The 4-0 ties the Quakers with Princeton for first place in the Lou Gehrig division.
Apart from Voiro the Red and Blue also got a number of stellar hitting performances on the day. In the second game alone, senior Jeremy Maas went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs, a home run and three RBI. Classmates Dan Williams and Davis combined for five hits, six runs and four RBI in that second game as well. Williams finished the day 4-for-4 with four runs, two RBI and two steals. Penn also put on a power display in the second game with five doubles and three home runs.
In the first game, Voiro allowed just a single and struck out two in the top of the first. In the bottom of the frame, Williams gave Penn the lead with a one-out homer over the fence in right field. An inning later the Red and Blue added to their lead as Vigoa led off the inning with a double. Freshman Rick Brebner bunted him over to third and Engelhardt drove him home with a push bunt single that went past the pitcher's mound toward the second baseman.
Dartmouth starter Kyle Hendricks kept the Red and Blue bats at bay for the next two frames and Voiro matched him. In the fifth, the Quakers made it 3-0 courtesy of an Engelhardt double to lead off the inning. Adrian Lorenzo bunted the ball to third, but the throw was dropped and Engelhardt came around to third on the play. Williams followed with a sacrifice fly to left to score the freshman.
Voiro retired the Big Green in order in the sixth but in the seventh gave up a lead-off walk. He struck out the next batter and got the second out of the inning on a pop up before Jake Carlson belted a two-run homer to cut the lead to 3-2. Unfazed, Voiro got a fly out to left to end the game.
In the second game of the day Penn wasted little time in jumping on Dartmouth starter Mitch Horacek. After a fly out to lead off the game, Williams was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a single by Maas. Davis came through with a run-scoring double down the right field line. Mike Mariano followed with an RBI single and Brebner added a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. Vigoa came through with a single and Zebrack hit a three-run shot over the fence in left for the 6-0 advantage.
Dartmouth got a run off of starter Chris McNulty in the top of the second but Penn countered with one of their own in the bottom of the frame to make it 7-1.
The Big Green broke through in the third as each of the first three runners reached without getting a hit. When the dust settled Dartmouth sent five runners across the plate on just three hits, helped by a pair of Red and Blue errors. Penn gave up the lead an inning later as the Big Green scored three unearned runs to take a 9-7 lead.
Dartmouth grabbed a 10-7 advantage in the sixth, scoring a run and chasing McNulty from the game with two down. Junior Patrick Brennan came in and got a strikeout to end the inning.
Penn took that little bit of momentum and ran with it in the bottom of the frame. Zebrack was hit to lead off the inning and consecutive singles by Lorenzo and Engelhardt plated one run. Williams followed with a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third. After a pop out by Maas, Davis belted the first pitch he saw over the right-field fence for a three-run homer and an 11-10 lead.
Freshman Alex Ott came in for an inning of scoreless relief in the seventh and with two outs in the eighth he was relieved by classmate Cody Thomson. Thomson got the last out of the inning as the Quakers clung to the 11-10 lead.
Williams led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and trotted home on a line-drive home run by Maas, his team-leading fifth of the season. Leading 13-10 Penn tacked on one more run on an RBI single by Brebner and Thomson finished out the ninth with a pair of strikeouts for his second save of the year.
The Quakers have a day off and return to action on Tuesday when they host Lafayette at Meiklejohn Stadium at 3 p.m.