Baseball Drops Two At Harvard

Box Score (Game 1)

Box Score (Game 2)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Quakers led Harvard in each game of the doubleheader, but ultimately fell to the Crimson by scores of 10-9 and 12-9 Saturday, to drop below .500 on the season.

The sweep at the hands of the Crimson puts Penn's record to 12-13 on the season and evens its Ivy record at 3-3. Junior Dan Williams went 3-for-7 on the day and scored four runs. Senior William Gordon also hit .429 (3-for-7) with two doubles and a home run.

In the opener, it was the Crimson who struck first as Dillon O'Neill opened with a walk and came around to score after stealing second and third. Harvard added another run to make it 2-0 after one.

Both teams were held at bay in the second and third, however the Quakers fired back in the top of the fourth. Williams led off with a single and Tom Grandieri followed with a double down the left field line. Gordon grounded out but scored Williams to make it a 2-1 game. A walk by Will Davis and triple by Derek Vigoa put the Red and Blue in front 3-2. Spencer Branigan kept the rally going with a walk, and consecutive hits by Steve Gable, Adrian Lorenzo and Jeremy Maas all plated runs.

Leading 6-2, Williams earned a one-out walk for his second time on base in the inning and Grandieri knocked a two-run single through the left side, scoring Lorenzo and Maas. A walk by Gordon loaded the bases, but consecutive outs ended the frame with Penn in front 8-2.

In the bottom of the fourth Harvard attempted to get back in it as each of the first two batters reached base. Starter Chris McNulty struck out the next batter, but consecutive doubles scored three runs to make it an 8-5 contest. The Crimson added one more in the inning to close the gap to two.

An inning later they jumped ahead with another four run frame. A one-out double followed by a home run tied the game at eight apiece, and Harvard took the lead for good on a two-run single with two down.

The Red and Blue trimmed the margin to one in the next frame when Maas led off the inning with a double. The junior advanced to third on a grounder and scored on a single by Grandieri. However, Grandieri was left stranded on first as each of the next two batters got out.

In the seventh, Mike Mariano doubled to left center with one out. However, pinch runner Emilio Pastor was tagged out at third while trying to advance on a grounder to the left side. Pinch hitter James Mraz also grounded out, ending the Quakers' comeback bid.

The second game of the day began with promise, as Penn put a run on the board in the opening frame. Williams reached on a single, and back-to-back walks by Gordon and Mariano loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly by Grandieri scored one before another fly out ended the frame.

Quaker starter Paul Cusick kept the Crimson at bay through the first three innings, facing just one batter over the minimum. In the fourth he ran into some trouble. After striking out the leadoff man, each of the next five batters reached base, with two crossing home. Harvard added one more for the 3-1 lead.

Penn cut that margin to 3-2 as Davis led off the fifth with a solo shot to right field. In the bottom of the frame, Cusick struggled once again. The junior gave up six runs on just two hits, while walking three batters in the inning.

Williams cut into the 9-2 deficit with a leadoff home run in the sixth and Gordon followed with his first shot of the season. Another run by Harvard in the bottom of the inning made it 10-4.

The Crimson added runs in the seventh and eighth, while Penn managed to score once in the eighth for the 12-5 deficit. In the ninth, it was too little too late. Davis, Gable and Mraz loaded up the bases with one out before Maas went deep for the team' first grand slam of the season. Penn wouldn't get any more runs as the next two batters got out.

The Quakers return to action Sunday when they travel to Hanover to match up with Dartmouth for a doubleheader beginning at noon.