Penn vs. Rollins Blog
WINTER PARK, Fla. - The Quakers got improved pitching on Wednesday, but it was the bats which couldn't drive in runs with runners on base, as Penn fell 10-3 to Rollins on Wednesday at Alfrond Stadium.
Penn had chances early but didn't capitalize, as the Tars slowly extended their lead, finishing with the seven run margin of victory. Senior Tom Grandieri went 3-for-5 with an RBI while Dan Williams added two hits.
Sophomore Chris McNulty got the start for Penn and allowed two runs in the top of the first, one on a solo home run. In the bottom of the inning the Quakers put the first three men aboard, but strikeouts by Spencer Branigan and Will Davis, and a groundout ended the scoring threat.
In the second it was much of the same, as McNulty gave up a home run to the leadoff batter before sending the next three down in order. James Mraz put the Red and Blue on the board with a solo shot to left to lead off the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Derek Vigoa followed up with a double. Freshman Grant Saunders walked and Grandieri singled home Vigoa to put Penn within one, 3-2. A sacrifice bunt and a William Gordon walk loaded the bases, as the seemed Quakers poised to add to their run total. It wasn't to be as a strikeout and a groundout left three runners stranded.
Neither team scored again until the fourth, when the first two Rollins batters reached with one scoring. The Tars added another, but McNulty induced a groundout with runners on the corners to leave the damage at two runs.
With one out in the bottom of the inning, Emilio Pastor was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single by William Gordon. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Branigan to cut the Rollins lead to 5-3. Penn put two more runners on to load the bases once again, but the team came up empty as Mraz flied out to end the inning.
The Tars added a pair of runs in the sixth, one more in the seventh and two in the eighth, for the final 10-3 margin. Penn matched Rollins with 11 hits, but was unable to match them on the scoreboard, as the team dropped to 1-4 with the loss. The Tars improve to 15-7 with the victory.
The Quakers have an off day on Thursday, but return to action on Friday when they take on Georgetown at 12 p.m.