JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -In the final game of a three-game set against North Florida, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team came back from a two-run deficit to earn its first win of 2016. Ryan Mincher's two-run single in the eighth and Jake Nelson's stellar relief appearance led the way for the Quakers.
OSPREYS STRIKE TWICE:In the fourth, North Florida scored twice to jump out to a 2-0 lead. With runners at second and third and one out, Christian Diaz drove in the game's first run with a line drive to right field. In the next at-bat, the Ospreys doubled their lead on a wild pitch that allowed Alex Merritt to score.
QUAKERS CUT LEAD IN HALF:Penn got on the board in the sixth when Gary Tesch manufactured a run. Tesch notched a one-out single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on another errant pitch to make it 2-1.
THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING GOOD:Still trailing by a run in the eighth, Penn scored twiced to take its first lead of the day. Jonah Campbell led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, followed by Matt McGeagh laying down a sacrifice bunt that pitcher Frank German couldn't handle, putting runners on first and second. Matt Tola then dropped perfect sacrifice to put both runners in scoring position. An intentional walk to Matt Greskoff with two out set up Mincher's heroics. Mincher drove a line drive to center field allowing two runs to score and give the Quakers a 3-2 lead.
PENN'S 'PEN:Once Gabe Kleiman completed his impressive 2016 debut with six innings, allowing only two runs and striking out a pair, Coach Yurkow turned to Jake Nelson who closed out the final three innings, allowing three hits and stranding runners in scoring position twice. Nelson earned the win, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
QUAKER NOTEMEAL:Freshman Matt O'Neill continued his impressive start to his college career with a two-hit game on Sunday, bumping his average to .500... Gary Tesch has hit in all three games to start the season and is batting .417... The Quakers needed only six hits en route to their first win... They posted 10 in their first two games... Gabe Kleiman retired the last eight men he faced, including 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth... Penn's win over North Florida is the Ospreys first ever loss to an Ivy opponent... Penn denied All-American Corbin Olmstead a save on Sunday when Mincher drove in the go-ahead run on the Tampa native in the eighth.
UP NEXT:Penn will be back in action on Tuesday against Holy Cross in Port St. Lucie, Fla. as the Florida roadtrip continues.