Baseball Drops A Pair To Lafayette

Box Score (Game 1)

Box Score (Game 2)

PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday, losing to Lafayette by scores of 2-1 and 6-4.

Penn wasn't able to get the offense in gear in the first game and in the second game it was too little too late as the Red and Blue dropped to 7-8 on the year. Right hander Vince Voiro went the distance in the first game, throwing a two-hitter and striking out six, while Todd Roth started and went 5.1 to open the second game.

The Quaker bats were quiet throughout much of both games, as no player had more than one hit in either contest. Dan Williams was 2-6 on the day with a pair of doubles and one run scored.

In the opener, Voiro started perfect through the first three innings. In the bottom of the third, Penn gave the sophomore a lead as consecutive one-out singles by Tom Grandieri and Emilio Pastor put runners on first and third. Pastor stole second and Williams was hit to load the bases. A liner by William Gordon almost fell in left but a diving catch made it two down, Grandieri, however, did score from third on the play. Spencer Branigan then flied out to end the inning.

The Leopards responded in the top of the frame, as Kyle Casey singled with two down and Matt Hall went yard to put Lafayette up 2-1. Penn was poised to score in the fourth, as the team loaded the bases with one out. However, Grandieri flied out and Pastor struck out to end the threat.

Voiro faced one over the minimum over the final three frames, through a lack of Penn offense left him on the wrong side of a 2-1 score. The loss drops his record to 1-1 on the season.

The second game began with promise as the Quakers scored to open the bottom of the first. Pastor singled to right, advanced to second on a passed ball and came home on a double by William Gordon. A fly out ended the inning with Penn up 1-0.

The Red and Blue threatened again in the second with runners on the corners and no outs, but couldn't capitalize. Lafayette took advantage of the missed opportunity by tying the game in the top of the third.

The Leopards took the lead in the top of the fifth as Roth gave up a home run to lead off the inning. He got out without anymore damage, however in the sixth the senior gave up a bases loaded walk before being pulled. Fellow classmate Reid Terry entered and induced consecutive groundouts, however one run did score, making it a 4-1 game.

In the seventh and eighth, Lafayette scored a run apiece to push the advantage to 6-1. In the bottom of the eighth, Penn finally woke up as each of the first two runners reached after being hit by the pitcher. A one-out single by James Mraz made it 6-2 and Branigan hit a grounder to the right side, scoring Williams. A two-out single to left center by Mike Mariano scored Mraz to make it 6-4, however a groundout ended the inning.

Freshman John Beasley pitched a scoreless in ninth, however the Quakers went down in order in the final frame to end the contest.

Penn returns to action tomorrow when the team travels to Lafayette, hoping to get a measure of revenge. The doubleheader begins at noon and live stats are available by clicking here.