Penn vs. Georgetown Live Blog
WINTER PARK, Fla. - The Quakers scored twice in the top of the 10th and sophomore Trey Jennings shut the door in the bottom of the frame, as Penn came away with the 7-5 victory over Georgetown on Saturday at Alfrond Stadium.
In the top of the 10th, Emilio Pastor reached on an error and moved to second on a groundout. An intentional walk to put runners on first and second and pinch hitter Mike Mariano came through, hitting an 0-2 pitch through the right side for a run scoring single. William Gordon, who walked, came around to score an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by Dan Williams. In the 10th Jennings allowed the first runner to reach, but a double play and a fly out ended the game.
Jennings earned the win with 2.0 innings of work, while Vince Voiro went the first seven, allowing just one earned run to go with five strikeouts. Tom Grandieri went 1-for-3 with three RBI to lead the Quakers, while Pastor scored three times on the day.
Though clutch hitting told the story over the final three innings, it was pitching which dominated the storyline through the first five. Voiro and Georgetown starter Tommy Isaacs were on their game, as Voiro allowed just two hits through the first five, while Isaacs didn't allow a hit over the same time frame.
It was the Quakers who struck first, scoring twice in the sixth inning. Junior Jeremy Maas walked to open the inning and then stole second. A groundout moved him to third and a walk and stolen base by Pastor put two on with one out. Grandieri came through with a two-run single, however a double play quickly ended the scoring.
Georgetown came back in the bottom of the sixth, as Rand Ravnaas singled and then made his way around to score on a wild pitch and a throwing error by shortstop Derek Vigoa. A double three batters later scored one run to knot the game at 2-2, but Voiro got the last two outs without any more damage done.
Neither team scored in the seventh, but in the eighth Maas once again led off with a walk. A single by Vigoa and a walk by Pastor loaded the bases for Grandieri, who hit a sacrifice fly to left field, making it 3-2. Gordon followed with a single through the right side on a hit and run to score Vigoa, and freshman Spencer Branigan made it 5-2 on a grounder to the first baseman which allowed Pastor to cross the plate.
Penn's lead wasn't safe, as the Hoyas responded in the bottom of the frame, scoring three unearned runs with just one out and a runner on first. A strikeout by reliever Reid Terry made it two down, but Terry hit the next batter to put two on. Head coach John Cole then called in lefty reliever Kyle Olson to preserve the 5-5 score and face the lefty Ravnaas. Olson did his job, inducing a pop up for the final out of the inning on three pitches.
Will Davis walked to open the ninth for Penn. The junior moved into scoring position by reaching third on a sacrifice bunt and a groundout before getting stranded. In the bottom of the frame, Georgetown put runners on first and second with one out, but Jennings got the next two batters to strikeout and flyout, pushing the game into extra innings.
The Quakers only had four hits as a team, but walked seven times in the game. Three of those walks came from Pastor, while Maas earned two more. Penn improves to 2-4 with the victory.
The Red and Blue conclude their spring trip in Florida with a game against host Rollins at 11 a.m. Sunday morning.