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Penn vs. UConn Box Score

BOCA RATON – After combining for 19 runs over two games on Sunday, Penn’s bats quickly became silent on Monday as the Quakers managed two hits – only one out of the infield – and no runs against Connecticut in an 18-0 defeat. The last time a Quaker team suffered a defeat by that margin of victory was 2005 when Penn was defeated by Lehigh, 20-2, in Bethlehem.

Freshman Paul Cusick took the loss in his first outing for Penn. He lasted three innings and gave up six runs on six hits – including a pair of homeruns in the first inning. UConn was up 4-0 before the Quakers recorded an out on the strength of two two-run homers. Cusick recovered to strike out the next two batters before picking Matt Burnett off at first base. Cusick also picked off another runner in the second inning – this time catching Harold Brantley in a rundown before Dan Williams tagged him out.

The Quakers were held hitless through 3 2/3 innings before Matt Toffaletti singled to left field. The only other hit for Penn was an infield single by Tim May in the seventh inning. The Red and Blue had a chance to score some runs in the third inning after a walk to Jeff Cellucci and after Adrian Lorenzo was hit by a pitch with only one out. Lorenzo was picked off first, however, after Joe Pavone lost track of a pitch from Elliot Glynn and Lorenzo ventured too far from the base. The only other serious threat from Penn came in the seventh inning when May singled and Toffaletti followed by reaching on an error by the shortstop. Will Gordon popped out to short and Williams ended the inning by grounding into a double play, 5-4-3.

Glynn went seven innings for the Huskies and allowed only the two hits and struck out two. He was supported by good defense as second baseman Pierre LaPage made two superb plays in the field – the first a diving grab of a popup off the bat off Cellucci in shallow center field in the fifth inning and the other a throw from the middle of the infield while ranging to his right in the bottom of the sixth.

The Quakers used seven pitchers in the game. Each one allowed at least on earned run and at least one hit. The staff did have success striking out hitters – nine of the Huskies’ 27 outs came via punchout.

Penn is off until Thursday when they play Pittsburgh under the lights at 7 p.m.