Baseball Falls 10-5 in Season Opener to Maine

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Winter Park, Fla. - The Quakers couldn't muster any offense through the first eight innings and Maine capitalized, as Penn lost 10-5 Saturday, on the opening day of Rollins College Baseball Week in Winter Park.

Sophomore Spencer Branigan hit a two-run homer in the eighth and also pitched an inning of relief to lead the Penn offense. Overall the Red and Blue totaled nine hits, with three coming from senior Jeremy Maas and two from freshman Brandon Engelhardt. In addition to his homer, Branigan also walked three times.

Junior Vince Voiro got the start for Penn and was solid in his first outing of the year, tossing five innings and striking out six batters while allowing three earned runs. Freshman Cody Thomson and Branigan both threw scoreless innings in relief.

The loss drops Penn's record to 0-1 overall while Maine improves to 2-7.

In the first, an error by Branigan allowed a runner to reach and he came around to score on a double by Taylor Lewis. An inning and a half later, Penn got on the board with their first hit, a bunt by Maas. However, Maas was stranded as each of the next three runners failed to reach base.

The Black Bears added to their lead with a pair of unearned runs in the third inning and then got two more in the next frame as Taylor Lewis hit a ball deep over the right-field fence. Two innings later Maine exploded for four runs, highlighted by a run-scoring double.

Trailing 10-0 after another Black Bear run in the seventh, Penn finally broke through courtesy of Branigan. Following a leadoff single by Maas, Branigan left no doubt with his shot to deep right field, his first home run of the season.

In the top of the ninth, Branigan moved from his first base position to pitcher and, after walking the first batter, got the next three to fly out. In the bottom of the frame Greg Zebrack led off with a single. Following a strikeout by Dan Williams, Will Davis got hit and Maas hit a line drive home run over the fence in left field for his third hit of the day.

The Red and Blue return to action on Sunday for a 6 p.m. game against Georgetown.