Penn vs. Maine Blog
WINTER PARK, Fla. - The Quakers' pitching allowed nine runs before Penn could get on the board and Maine cruised to the 17-8 victory Monday at Almond Stadium.
Maine scored six times in the third and sixth, while holding the Red and Blue offense in check for the first six innings. In the seventh Penn scored six times, but it was too little too late.
Junior Dan Williams was 2-4 with two runs and two RBI to lead the Quakers, while freshman Spencer Branigan also added three hits and an RBI.
Freshman Kirk Hayes took the mound for the Red and Blue in the first inning, giving up one run on one hit. Maine added to their lead in the second as the first four runners reached base. Hayes collected himself, and finish the inning down just 3-0. Conversely, the Quakers couldn't advance a runner past first through the first two.
The Black Bears put the game out of reach in the third, banging out four hits, but scoring six runs as ten men came to the plate in the inning. Penn went down scoreless in the bottom of the inning but kept Maine off the board in the top of the fourth. The Quakers finally scored on a double by Mike Mariano, as the junior scored Williams.
Penn wouldn't get any closer than 9-1 the rest of the game, as one run in the fifth and another six run frame in the sixth made it 16-1. The Black Bears pushed it to 17-1 in the top of the seventh, before the Quaker bats woke up.
The Red and Blue loaded up the bases on three walks to start the seventh. Wild pitches to two of the next three batters pusher two runs across and a Williams single score two more. Consecutive RBI hits from William Gordon and Branigan narrowed the lead to 17-7 before a foul pop-up ended the inning.
Penn shut down Maine for the remainder of the game behind the pitching duo of Trey Jennings and Adrian Lorenzo, and added a run in the ninth for the 17-8 margin. The Quakers drop to 1-2 with the loss. For Maine, Taylor Lewis went 3-3 with 2 RBI, while A.J. Bazdanes went six innings, allowing just one run with eight strikeouts.
The Red and Blue return to action tomorrow at 11 a.m. when they take on Georgetown at Almond Stadium. Live stats and a blog will be available during the game.