NORFOLK, Va. – Finally beginning its spring break trip after being pushed back two days by weather, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team played a double header at Old Dominion Sunday afternoon, dropping both games.
Penn (1-4) fell to Monarchs in game one, 5-1, before outhitting ODU (4-5) in a 5-3 loss in game two.
In game one Quaker starting pitcher Connor Cuff (0-1) went six innings, allowing four hits and two runs – one earned – while walking three, and striking out one. The senior right-hander picked up the loss in his second start of the spring, despite keeping Penn in striking distance, before exiting in the seventh inning.
Managing just one run, Penn totaled five hits, three coming from senior Austin Bossart. The catcher drove in the Quakers only run in the sixth inning, scoring junior outfielder Gary Tesch. Tesch had reached on an error by the Monarch left fielder, who dropped a long fly ball on the run in the gap.
Two other Penn players collected a hit in game one, junior Jonah Campbell doubled off the wall in right field in the fifth inning, and senior designated hitter Matt McKinnon singled in the seventh inning. Campbell’s double was his first hit in a Penn uniform after the transfer wasinjured all of 2014.
Making appearances on the mound in relief of Cuff were senior Stephen Silvestri and sophomore Nick Pedalino. Silvestri allowed three runs on four hits in one inning of work, while Pedalino set ODU down in order in his one inning of work.
Senior left-hander Ronnie Glenn (0-2) started game two on the mound for Penn, throwing 5.1 innings in his second start of the season. The Monarchs pushed across four runs against Glenn, only one of which was earned. After a tenuous start that saw ODU score three runs in the first three innings, the southpaw put together back-to-back innings of setting down the Monarchs in order. Glenn struck out seven batters before being lifted in the sixth inning.
Penn outhit ODU in game two, 11-8, leaving nine baserunners aboard. After ODU scored two runs in the bottom of the second the Quakers responded right away, scoring twice in the top of the third on a Jeff McGarry double. The senior drove in Austin Bossart and Gary Tesch, who both singled to reach base.
The Monarchs regained the lead in the bottom of the inning, 3-2, and extended it by one run in the sixth and seventh innings, making it 5-2.
Penn added its final run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly RBI by junior Matt Greskoff. Greskoff drove in freshman Jakob Levison, who doubled earlier in the inning, for his first collegiate hit. Senior Mitch Montaldo also singled in the inning move Levison from second to third before Greskoff’s at bat.
In relief of Glenn, junior Mitch Holtz made his second appearance of the season on the mound, working 2.2 innings, allowing one run, while striking out three.
Penn and Old Dominion will conclude their series on Monday afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. Fans can follow the action with live video on Monarch Media ($), on live stats, or on Twitter - @PennBaseball.