Winter Park, Fla. - The Quakers grabbed an early 4-2 lead but couldn't hold on as they dropped their second straight, this one 11-6 to Georgetown on Sunday night.
Freshman Rick Brebner had a team-high three hits in his first career start and was one of three batters with multiple hits. Seniors Dan Williams and Jeremy Maas each had a pair of hits, walked and scored at least a run. Senior Paul Cusick got the start and went 5.2 innings with five strikeouts before getting pulled.
The loss drops Penn to 0-2 overall while the Hoyas improve to 7-3 on the season.
It was an inauspicious start for the Red and Blue as two errors in the bottom of the first led to a pair of unearned runs for Georgetown. Trailing 2-0, Penn put runners in scoring position in the second and third before finally breaking through with four runs in fifth. Cusick, meanwhile, held the Hoyas to just one his over the second, third and fourth.
In the fifth, Brebner led off with a single, his first career hit. Following an Engelhardt strikeout, Williams doubled to left, scoring the Brebner. Maas continued the run with a single to left, chasing starter Tommy Isaacs and cutting the lead to 4-2.
On first pitch he saw from new hurler Bobby Kirby, Branigan tied up the game with a shot well over the right-field fence for his second home run in as many games. After a groundout, Greg Zebrack reached base and then moved over to second on a throwing error, however he was stranded there as the inning ended on a strikeout.
In the bottom of the frame it was the Hoyas turn to score as three of the first four runners in the inning reached and came around to score to take the lead, 5-4. After a groundout, consecutive singles scored a pair of runs as Georgetown pushed the margin to 7-4. Cusick was taken out and sophomore John Beasley came in to take his place. With runners on first and second, Beasley got the swinging strikeout to end the inning.
Penn got one run back in the sixth as Derek Vigoa and Brebner reached on singles, with a sacrifice fly by senior Dan Williams scoring Vigoa. In the next frame the Hoyas extended their lead to 10-5 with three more runs, with two coming on a Rand Ravnaas home run. One inning later Ravnaas made it 11-5 with a run-scoring double.
The Quakers got back on the board in the top of the ninth as Maas walked to lead off and then and stole second. After a Branigan strikeout senior Will Davis singled up the middle, scoring Maas.
Freshman Alex Ott pitched the final 2.2 innings of relief for Penn, giving up just one run and one hit while striking out four batters. Georgetown finished with nine hits while the Red and Blue totaled 10.
Penn returns to the field tomorrow for a noon game against Maine.