Baseball Defeated by Pitt, 14-2

Penn vs. Pitt Box Score

BOCA RATON – What entered the bottom of the eighth inning as a 7-2 game with the Quakers within striking distance, quickly turned into an insurmountable deficit as Pitt put up seven runs to extend its lead to 12 runs and put the game away on Thursday night.

After retiring the first batter with a groundout, the floodgates opened. A walk sandwiched around two singles and two stolen bases led to the first run. After a fly-ball out to right field advanced a runner to third with two outs, a walk to Nick Mullins loaded the bases. Jordan Herr singled back up the middle to score two runs. Matt Litzinger walked to re-load the bases. That brought up Sean Conley, the top of the order for Pitt. With one swing of the bat, he opened things wide open with a grand slam to right field. The inning ended the next batter later with Pitt scoring seven runs on four hits and three walks.

In the ninth, Will Davis tripled to deep right-center, but was stranded at third and the Quakers lost, 14-2.

Penn entered the game hoping to erase thoughts of Monday’s 18-0 defeat at the hands of UConn. A three-run first inning by the Panthers quickly put Penn behind and forced the Quakers to play from behind again.

In the bottom of the first, Pitt started with a leadoff double from Conley. Danny Lopez drove him in with a single. A base-hit from Joe Leonard scored Lopez. The next batter, Chris Warner dropped a single of his own into left field to score Leonard.

Pitt added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning with a pair of runs. With one out, Danny Williams walked. Leonard followed with a home run to deep left-center, his first longball of the season. The two runs in the third inning rendered tonight the second game in a row that Penn was trailing 5-0 after three.

Unfortunately for the Quakers, the results were similar.

Penn managed to get a run back in the fourth when Dan Williams singled home Matt Toffaletti. The right fielder had reached base via walk and then advanced to second when pitcher Nate Reed was called for a balk.

Penn’s other run on Thursday came in the seventh inning when Michael Gatti reached via infield single with two outs. He proceeded to then steal second base. Steve Gable scored him with a single back up the middle. That made the score 6-2, which was as close as the Quakers would get.

Reed went seven innings for Pitt, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out seven Penn batters and allowing only two walks.

Free passes were a problem for Penn all night. Starter Andy Console and Robbie Seymour each allowed six Pitt hitters to reach via walk. Five of those walks resulted in runs for Pitt.

With the loss, Penn’s record now stands at 1-5. The Quakers are back in action tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. against Penn State.