Baseball Closes Season With Two Losses to Cornell, 7-1 and 2-1

Box Score -Game 1

Box Score - Game 2

Ithaca, N.Y. – Penn baseball could not muster enough offense to hold off a surging Cornell team as the Big Red sent the Quakers back to Philadelphia with a pair of losses, 7-1 and 2-1, on the final day of the season. Nate Moffie collected a pair of hits on the final day of the season to finish the year with 49 hits and 183 for his career, second all-time at Penn.

Four Penn (11-26, 7-13 Ivy) errors coupled with nine Cornell (15-16, 9-7 Ivy) hits led to seven runs, five in the final three frames, for the Big Red. Conor Kelly, Michael Weiss and Brian Kaufman each drove in a run in the win as Weiss and Kaufman went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored. Kaufman collected his eighth double of the season in the sixth inning to bring home Cornell’s seventh run.

Moffie drove in Penn’s lone run of the game with a single through the right side to score Ken-Ichi Hino, who singled on the first pitch he saw in the fifth inning. Moffie recorded a second hit on the day with a base knock to left field in the ninth inning of game two. The outfielder stands behind only Nick Italiano, W’03 (194) on the Penn all-time hit list.

Penn took a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth inning of the nightcap. Spencer Witte gave the Quakers the lead on a single that scored Bryan Graves, who singled to shortstop earlier in the inning. Cornell answered in the bottom of the ninth as Kaufman came up big again in game two, ripping a double to right field to bring home Ry Kagan and Seth Gordon, who each drew walks to reach base.

Freshman left-hander Nick Francona pitched six strong innings in his final start of the season, not allowing a run and fanning six batters. Billy Kirk also pitched well in the first game, allowing just two earned runs while striking out four batters on 97 pitches.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications