Baseball Breaks Slump, Defeats Binghamton

PHILADELPHIA - Coming into Friday's game, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team had lost its last five games, but in the first of three games against Binghamton, the Quakers busted their slump and defeated the Bearcats, 6-2.

EARLY INNING WOES CONTINUE: Penn had surrendered 11 runs in the first inning in its first nine games of the year, the most of any inning so far this season, and on Friday, they added another. Reed Gamache drove in CJ Krowiak with a ground out in the first frame to put the Bearcats on top, 1-0 to take that number to 12.

GRESKOFF GOES YARD: Still trailing 1-0 in the third, Matt Greskoff delivered a three-run home run over the right field wall to give the Quakers their first lead of the day. Greskoff's homer followed back-to-back singles from Gary Tesch and Tim Graul to start the inning.

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS: The Quakers had struggled to score in their first nine games due to their struggles with men on-base, but on Friday, they scored in four consecutive innings to jump out to a 6-1 lead.

In the fourth, Graul drove in Matt O'Neill, who had singled earlier in the inning, with a double to left field. Grauls double came on the heels of an intentional walk to Tesch.

In the fifth, a lead-off double from Sean Phelan turned into a run when O'Neill drove a ball to center that was mishandled and allowed Phelan to walk home.

Phelan delivered another blow in the sixth, when he laced a single into center field to allowed Greskoff to score his second run of the day and put Penn up, 6-1.

I'LL TAKE IT FROM HERE: On Opening Day at Meiklejohn Stadium, Jake Cousins shined in eight inning allowing just two unearned runs. Cousins struck out a season-high seven hitters and allowed just six hits en route to his first win of the season. from the fourth to the six, the big righty sat down 11 straight hitters to help the Quakers to a much needed win.

CONSOLATION RUN: Binghamton scored another unearned run off Cousins in the eighth when a near-double play turned into a throwing error at short to give the game its final run.

QUAKER NOTES: Penn improves to 3-7 on the season and snaps a five-game losing streak... Penn's previous two wins were back-to-back against North Florida and Holy Cross... Penn's leading hitter, Gary Tesch was on-base all five times he came to the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored, a walk, an intentional walk, and a hit by a pitch... Matt Greskoff launched his second home run of the year and drove in three runs, including the game winner.

UP NEXT: Penn will host Binghamton for the final two games of the series on Saturday in a doubleheader. The Quakers will send lefties, Adam Bleday and Gabe Kleiman to the mound.

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