Baseball Drops a Pair to Cornell

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - Despite erasing a seven-run deficit, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team fell to Cornell in extra innings of Game 1, 10-9. In Game 2, there was no rally for the Quakers as Cornell jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and won 11-6.

In game one, Penn opened up the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the third. Freshman Emilio Pastor was hit by a pitch and went to third on Jeremy Mass' single. Dan Williams hit a sacrifice fly to deep right to get the first run across and Mass scored on Mike Mariano's two-out triple.

Cornell answered with two in the fourth on a two-run shot by Brandon Lee. The Big Red then opened up a big lead with five runs in the fifth and two more in their half of the sixth.

Trailing 9-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Quakers rallied against the Big Red bullpen. Cornell pulled starter Tony Bertucci for left-handed reliever Mike Carroll and the Quakers capitalized. With one out, Derek Vigoa reached on catcher's interference. Steve Gable and Pastor hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Mass walked to force in a run and then Williams singled home another run to make it a 9-4 game. After a force out at home, Mariano reached on the second catcher's interference of the inning to bring the tying run to the plate. That led to Will Davis' heroics as he took a two-out, two-strike pitch and smashed it off the side of the highway in right center.

Senior Reid Terry made his 65th career appearance - three away from tying the Ivy record - with two scoreless innings before the the Big Red tacked on a run against him in the top of the ninth. After a one-out double by Kyle Groth, Conor McCabe singled up the middle a few pitches later to put Cornell back on top.

Another rally was not in the cards for the Quakers. Cornell's David Rochefort, who pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, retired all three batters he faced in the ninth.

In game two, Penn starter Paul Cusick lasted just 1 2/3 innings as the Big Red put up one run in the first and two unearned runs in the second to force an early appearance from the Quakers bullpen. In the top of the third, Cornell's Brian Billigen doubled the Big Red advantage with a two-out three-run homer that just cleared the wall in left field.

The Quakers got on the board in the bottom of the third when Mariano doubled off the left field wall. It scored Tom Grandieri who had reached on a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. An inning later, Penn tallied two more to pull within 6-3. Gable singled through the right side with no one out to score Gordon from third and Matt Tellem plated another with his RBI groundout.

Cornell got both runs right back in the next half inning. Reliever Trey Jennings seemed to be out of the inning with a strikeout of Billigen, but the ball hit the dirt and the Quakers couldn't throw him out at first. So the inning continued and the next batter knocked home two runs for an 8-3 lead.

Back-to-back homers in the top of the sixth gave Cornell its biggest lead of the day at 11-3.

In the seventh inning, Davis hit his second home run of the day and his third of the weekend for Penn's fourth run. A small rally in the ninth pulled Penn within five, 11-6, but Cornell turned a double play to put an end to the Quakers' day.