DELAND, Fla. – Opening its 2015 regular season down south in Florida, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team fell to Stetson, 9-0, on Friday evening at Melching Field.
A cold and snowy winter in Philadelphia, Penn (0-1) was excited to reach warmer temperatures finally, in beginning the season. After practicing outside for the first time on Thursday in Florida, the Quakers managed to total just four hits against Stetson on Friday.
Hatters starter Adam Schaly threw seven scoreless innings against the Quakers, while Penn senior Ronnie Glenn pitched 4 1/3 innings allowing four runs, two of which were earned.
Stetson (6-4)scored one run in the third inning to take the lead, and played add-on from there, with three runs in the fifth, one in the sixth, one in the seventh, and three in the eighth, to seal the 9-0 victory.
Four different Quakers picked up their first hits of the season, seniors Jeff McGarry and Mitch Montaldo, junior Gary Tesch, and freshman Ryan Schroth tallied his first collegiate hit in his debut at second base.
On the mound, sophomore Mitchell Hammonds pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief of Glenn, and freshman Russell Rhoads made his collegiate debut for Penn, pitching one inning.
Game two of three versus Stetson begins Saturday at 4 p.m. Fans can catch all the action live on Hatter Vision ($) or live stats, and stay up to date on all things Penn baseball on Twitter – @PennBaseball.
UPDATE: Penn's Saturday game versus Stetson has been pushed up to a 1 p.m. start time.