Abate Contains Cornell in Game One; Big Red Pounds Quakers in Nightcap

Box Score - Game 1

Box Score - Game 2

PHILADELPHIA - Starting pitcher Sean Abate contained a potent Cornell offense in the first game of a doubleheader at Meiklejohn Stadium on Easter Sunday inan 11-6 Quaker victory. But the Big Red bats were far from silent in game two, as they ripped Red and Blue pitching for 19 hits in a 17-3 loss for Penn.

Cornell struck first in the opening game when Brian Kaufman, who had nine RBI and three triples in yeseterday's doubleheader, ripped a solo home run offAbate in the first inning.

The Quakers scored four runs in the second after Cornell starter Tom Laughlin was plagued with control problems, as he surrendered a leadoff single to Tim May then walked the next three batters to advance him around the basepaths for Penn's first run. After Alex Nwaka reached on an error and Abate scored from third base, Jarron Smith drove a run in on a sacrifice fly and Ken-Ichi Hino scored on a wild pitch to cap off the inning for the Quakers to take a 4-1 lead.

In the top of the fourth, Abate retired the first two Cornell hitters and seemed to be out of the inning, but shortstop Scott Graham bobbled a groundball to prolong the inning for the Big Red, who capitalized immediately with two singles and scored three runs total to tie the game at 4-4.

But Penn responded with a big inning in the bottom half of the fourth, as Josh Corn hit an RBI single to score Nwaka, who had singled earlier. Kyle Armeny then blasted a two-run double to right field to score Corn and Smith, who had reached on a fielder's choice. A one-run base-hit by May and an RBI double by Abate gave the Quakers a 9-4 advantage to cap off a five-run inning.

Abate contained a Big Red lineup that had exploded for 33 runs a day earlier, and Penn gave him more breathing room with two runs in the fifth inning.

The senior left-hander Abate (2-2) allowed six runs, just three earned, through 6 1/3 innings pitched while striking out eight batters and walking three for the victory.

In the second game, Cornell simply dominated Quaker pitching, as the pounded out 19 hits to score 17 runs, with the biggest blow coming in the fifth inning. The Big Red scored seven runs, led by a huge grand slam by Kaufman, capping off a ridiculous weekend in which he owned every pitcher he faced. The centerfielder batted .600 (12-for-20) with three home runs, 18 RBI, an amazing five triples, three doubles and 12 runs scored.

The Quakers will play their final home game of the season on Tuesday, April 18, when they take on non-conference foe Rider at 3 p.m., at Meiklejohn Stadium.