Baseball Downs Harvard in Opener Before Rain Halts Play

Penn-Harvard Box Score (PDF)

The University of Pennsylvania baseball team won its fourth consecutive game on Sunday with a 4-1 triumph over the visiting Harvard Crimson in the opening game of a scheduled doubleheader. The two teams then battled to a 3-3 tie through seven innings of the day’s second game before a steady rain drew action to a close. The game will resume tomorrow at 12 p.m. at Meiklejohn Stadium with the top of the eighth inning.

Dan Gautieri gave Penn yet another quality start and the Quakers added some vital insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the opener of the twinbill over the Crimson.

After getting out of the top of the first inning with the bases loaded, Penn put a run on the board immediately in the bottom half of the inning as Connor Betbeze fought and earned a walk on a 12-pitch at-bat. He stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch, putting him just 90 feet away with one out. With Ryan Deitrich going up against an infield playing in on the grass, Deitrich grounded a pitch back up the middle to make it 1-0.

Gautieri locked down on the Crimson after that, giving up a base-hit in the second inning but getting the next hitter to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. He mowed down the Crimson in order in the third and fifth innings, and gave up just a single hit in the fourth.

The Quaker offense awoke with three hits and three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Ryan Mincher led off with a single up the middle and moved up to second base after Gary Tesch drew a walk. Both runners moved up to second and third with none away, Mincher off a wild pitch and Tesch from a stolen base. Betbeze then came up with the biggest hit of the contest, a single past the pitcher and into center that plated both runners to make it a 3-0 contest. After Betbeze stole second, Mike Vilardo knocked him in with a single into center field to up the advantage to 4-0.

The Crimson rediscovered some offense in the top of the sixth with two singles to lead off the inning, but each runner was once again left on base. Finally, in the seventh, the Crimson cracked the scoring column. Two singles put runners on the corners with no outs in the inning and a RBI single from Jeff Hagdin drove in one and ended Gautieri’s day. Closer Ronnie Glenn made the pitches he needed to at important times, striking out lead-off hitter Mike Martin for the first out, then getting some help with a nice stop at first base from Rick Brebner for the second out. With the tying run at the plate in the form of Brandon Kregel, Glenn recovered from a 3-0 hole to get the Crimson batter swinging to end the game and earn his sixth save of the year.

Gautieri moved to 4-0 on the year, scattering eight hits over his 6+ innings of work. He struck out four and walked one, giving up just that single unearned run in the seventh. Tanner Anderson fell to 0-3 on the hill for Harvard.

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