Baseball Beaten by Rollins, 13-8

Rollins 13, Penn 8 Box Score

WINTER PARK, Fla.Penn struggled on the mound today, allowing 13 runs (10 earned) on 20 hits to Rollins as the Tars avenged an earlier loss to Penn with a 13-8 win.

Penn held a 2-0 lead after the first half-inning of play, but could not keep Rollins off the scoreboard for much of the game. The Tars scored at least one run in seven of their eight innings, with the big innings coming late in the game. In the sixth, Rollins scored four runs and in the seventh, with the lead only two, Rollins added three runs on Ryan Luker’s three-run homer.

Luker was the big bat for Rollins, going 5-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. Bryan Benett pitched in with two home runs as part of a 3-for-5 day at the plate. He scored four of the Tars’ runs.

Jeremy Maas continued his torrid streak in the batter’s box for Penn, going 3-for-5 to up his average to .514. He drove in two runs for Penn. Dan Williams also had two runs batted in.

The key inning was the sixth, where Penn added to its lead with a James Mraz sac fly. Penn had an 8-6 lead entering the bottom half of the inning.

In the home half of the sixth, Rollins scored four runs to take a 10-8 lead. Rollins scored the runs off a combination of Patrick Brennan and Tom Grandieri on the mound for Penn. Brennan allowed three runs and was charged with the loss. The two crucial at-bats in the inning were a pair of doubles from Taylor Ferguson and Bennett – one each off Brennan and Grandieri – that scored the eighth and ninth runs.

Penn is back in action on Sunday at 10 a.m. against either Georgetown or Rollins.