Baseball Drops Two Against Yale

Box Score - Game 1

Box Score - Game 2

PHILADELPHIA - A bloop single in the top of the seventh inning by Yale's Josh Cox gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 win over the Penn baseball team in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Meiklejohn Stadium. Yale pounded out 19 hits in a 10-5loss in game two for theQuakers, whose losing streak was extended to eight straight games.

In the first game, Penn struck first when leadoff hitter Joey Boaen reached on a single and eventually advanced home on a wild pitch and two passed balls.

After Yale scored two in the top half of the second inning, the Quakers tied it up on an RBI groundout by Scott Graham in the bottom half of the frame.

Jake Doyle gave the Bulldogs the lead back on an RBI single in the third inning.

The score would remain 3-2 until Penn was able to even the contest after the speedy Alex Nwaka hit a chopper to the left side of the infield that eluded Yale pitcher Matt Fealey to score Jarron Smith from third base as Nwaka cruised safely to first base.

But the Bulldogs would score what turned out to be the winning run after Michael Bush led off the seventh inning with a base-hit and was replaced with pinch-runner Dan Soltman, who was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pedro Obregon. Cox followed witha looping base-hit to left field off Penn reliever Doug Brown, who had replaced starter Brian Cirri after Bush's single, to score Obregon and give Yale the 4-3 lead.

Yale used three pitchers to record a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh, with closer Brett Rosenthal picking up his league-leading seventh save of the season by getting Josh Corn to fly out.

Cirri (0-4) had a solid outing for the Quakers despite getting tagged with the loss, as he allowed four runs on eight hits through six innings with three strikeouts and one walk.

Fealey (2-0) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless inning in relief of Yale starter Jon Hollis, who allowed three runs on six hits through 5 1/3 innings pitched.

Nwaka went 3-for-3 with a stolen base to pace the Red and Blue offensively.

The Quakers jumped out to a 5-1 lead on the Bulldogs in game two of the doubleheader before Yale put together a five-run fourth inning to go ahead by one run. Penn was shut down in the final six innings while Yale tagged on four more runs to win the nightcap, 10-5.

Nwaka sparked the Quakers at the plate once again in the first inning, sending a towering two-run double to centerfield to give his team an early advantage.

Yale got on the board in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly, but Penn would counter in the bottom half as Corn and Kyle Armeny each singled and Tim May followed with a base-hit to score Corn. An RBI single by Michael Gatti plated Armeny and the Quakers would tag on another run on a Yale error to make the score 5-1.

But it was the fourth inning that proved to be the kiss of death for the Quakers once again (opponents have scored 62 runs in 24 games in the fourth frame), as Yale scored five runs to take the lead, keyed by RBI singles off the bats of Justin Ankney and P.J. Gorynski, and a two-run double by Marc Sawyer.

Yale hurler Chris Wietlispach settled down with the lead, allowing no runs through the next three innings before giving way to Fealey and Adam Barrick, who were equally successful against Quaker batters for the remainder of the contest.

The Bulldogs ripped 19 hits for the game, including four each by Gorynski and Sawyer and three apiece by Cox and Ankney.

Penn starter Sean Abate (0-2)allowed six runs, five earned, on 11 hits through 3 1/3 innings in the loss. Boaen, Nwaka and Gatti and two hits each for the Quakers.

The Quakers return to action on Tuesday, April 4, for a Liberty Bell Classic consolation game at 3 p.m. with Saint Joseph's at Meiklejohn Stadium.