COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Pennsylvania baseball team held on to a one-run lead heading into the sixth inning Saturday night, but single tallies from Marist in the sixth and seventh innings ultimately downed the Quakers in a tightly-contested game one of the three-game set. Third baseman Matt McGeagh drove in all three runs for Penn on the night, including a towering, two-run home run in the second inning - his second of the season.
Marist 4, Penn 3
WP: Sean Keenan (2-0)
LP: John Alan Kendrick (0-1)
SV: Tony Romanelli (4)
BY THE NUMBERS
*3 - Matt McGeagh drove in all three runs for Penn - two on a two-run, game-tying home run in the second inning and the third on a run-scoring ground out in the fourth.
*6 - After going six innings in his start Saturday night, Jake Cousins has now thrown at least six innings in six of his last seven starts dating back to last season.
*8 - The Marist pitching staff was able to keep the Penn leadoff hitter off the bases in eight of the nine innings. Matt O'Neill was the lone leadoff man to reach, and also came around to score in the fourth.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Marist jumped out to an early lead Saturday night behind a two-run home run in the first inning off the bat of Frankie Gregoire, but the Quakers found themselves right back in the game the very next inning. After Jake Cousins put up a scoreless frame on the mound, Holden Morris hit a one-out single through the right side for Penn's first hit of the game. Matt McGeagh wasted no time bringing Morris around, connecting on a fastball for a two-run home run to tie the game at two in the early going.
After a scoreless third inning from both sides, Matt O'Neill led off the fourth with a walk and stole second to put himself in scoring position as the go-ahead run with one out. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, McGeagh plated O'Neill with a ground out to shortstop to give Penn a 3-2 lead in the middle innings.
After posting four consecutive shutout innings since allowing two runs in the first, Cousins looked poised to end his outing on the right end of the decision. However with two outs and a runner on second in the sixth, an infield error allowed the tying run to score as the Quakers went to their bullpen the rest of the way. Marist (8-6) plated the go-ahead run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Greg Kocinski after a walk to lead off the inning. Left-hander Tony Romanelli came on for the final five outs to record his fourth save of the season.
The Quakers (2-8) make the trip to the Harford Sports Complex in Bel Air, Md. for the final two games of the three-game set with Marist. Penn and Marist will play a seven inning game followed by a nine inning game in tomorrow's twin bill, with first pitch of game one scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
NOTE: Tomorrow's doubleheader has been moved back to 3:30 p.m. from its originally scheduled 1:30 p.m. start time.