Baseball Earns Split With Brown

Penn 15 - Brown 4

Brown 4 - Penn 2

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Providence, R.I. - In game one on Sunday, the Quakers offense was dialed in to the tune of a 14-5 victory, but in the second game they only managed two runs, falling to Brown 4-2 in a game which game down to the wire at Murray Stadium.

In the first game, Vince Voiro gave up two runs in the first but his offense backed him up, scoring 14 times over the final six innings to put the game out of reach. Greg Zebrack was the offensive catalyst batting at the leadoff spot. The centerfielder went 4-for-4 with a homer, double, three runs and three RBI. Derek Vigoa also added three hits and four RBI from the six spot in the lineup.

Sophomore John Beasley allowed just two runs in 7.1 innings of work in the second as the score was tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the eighth. In the eighth, Brown got two runs off closer Cody Thomson and held off Penn in the ninth for their fourth Ivy win of the season. Zebrack went 1-for-1 in the game and finished the day 5-for-5 with four walks.

Senior Will Davis also hit well, going 5-for-7 with three doubles and four runs on the day. With the spli Penn's record goes to 6-2 in the Ivy League and 15-12 overall.

Voiro got into a little trouble in the first inning as he gave a one-out walk and then a two-run homer to Pete Greskoff. In the top of the second Penn cut the lead in half as Davis and Branigan walked to lead off. The runners advanced to second and third on a one-out bunt single by Engelhardt and Davis scored on a sacrifice fly to center.

An inning later the Red and Blue jumped all over starter Kevin Carlow. Zebrack led off with a single and Williams followed with an RBI double that was mishandled in the outfield, allowing him to get to third. Maas singled to third to load the bases but was thrown out trying to steal second. Davis followed with a double to left center, scoring Williams. After a strikeout, Vigoa hit an RBI single to left and Engelhardt followed with a double to left. Brebner then walked to load the bases.

With the bases full, Carlow threw a wild pitch, scoring Vigoa and advancing the runners. Lorenzo then walked to load the bags once again and Zebrack made them pay with his second hit of the inning, a double to left center. The double scored two to put the Quakers in front 7-2.

Penn added a run off a solo shot from Zebrack in the fifth to push the advantage to 8-4 before Brown added a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to cut the deficit to 8-4. In the top of sixth the Red and Blue matched those runs with two of their own. Davis walked and came around to score on a single by Branigan that was fielded poorly. Vigoa then followed with a single that scored Branigan from second.

In the top of the seventh the bats didn't let up as the Quakers scored four more runs, with all of them coming with two outs. After Zebrack walked, Maas doubled down the right field line to score Zebrack. Davis continued the hit parade with a double of his own to score Maas. Branigan was then hit by a pitch and two runners got into scoring position on a passed ball. Vigoa brought them both home with a single to put Penn in front 14-4.

In the final frame, Voiro gave up one run before getting the final out. The junior earned his third win of the season with the victory, striking out two without walking a batter over his seven innings of work.

In the second game both starters were dealing, as neither allowed a run through the first five innings. Beasley kept the Bears off balance, allowing just two hits and striking out five through his first five frames. Brown starter Heath Mayo was nearly as good, holding the Red and Blue attack to four hits and working his way out of a few jams.

The Quakers loaded the bases in the second but couldn't score and then put a runner in scoring position again in fifth before groundout ended the inning. In the bottom of the frame, the Bears got to Beasley as he gave up two hits in the inning and allowed a pair of runs to score before getting a strikeout to end the frame.

Trailing 2-0 going into the seventh, the Penn offense finally put together some offense as Engelhardt led off and reached on a fielding error by the second baseman. Lorenzo followed with a single through the left side and a sacrifice bunt by Zebrack advanced the runners to second and third. Williams hit a sacrifice fly to score Engelhardt, however Maas grounded out to end the inning.

Beasley came back out for the seventh and shut down Brown, while the Quakers added another run in the eighth to tie it up at 2-2. Davis led off the inning with a double down the right field line and Mariano walked to put runners on first and second. Kirk Hayes came to pinch run for Mariano and both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Rick Brebner. Vigoa followed with a single to left-center, scoring Davis and holding Hayes at third. A failed bunt attempt by Engelhardt made it two down and Lorenzo grounded out to end the inning.

In the bottom of eighth, Beasley got the first out before being pulled for Alex Ott. Ott gave up a weak single to right and Cody Thomson came in to close it out. Thomson gave up a bunt single and the runners then advanced on a wild pitch. The freshman settled down with a short fly out to right to make it two down in the inning. After an intentional walk, a single up the middle scored a pair of runs to give Brown the 4-2 lead.

Down to the team's final three outs, Zebrack led off with a walk. After consecutive fly outs , Davis singled down the right field line, but both runners were stuck on base as a fly out ended the game.