Baseball Falls In Pitchers' Duel to Navy, 2-1

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - On a chilly, blustery day, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team fell to Navy, 2-1, Friday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium.

Pitching on both sides dominated the game, with Penn junior right-hander Connor Cuff (0-1) starting on the mound for the Quakers, throwing eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned), on five hits, while striking out six Navy batters.

On offense, Penn (0-4) totaled five hits for the afternoon, with one hit a piece coming from No. 2-6 in the batting order.

Navy (4-6) struck early, scoring one in the bottom of the first inning. After a Travis Blue single, the Midshipmen’s Kash Manzelli hit a slicing ball to left field that the Quakers left fielder Brandon Engelhardt misplayed, leading to Blue scoring all the way from first base, just ahead of an outstretched Austin Bossart reaching for the tag at home plate.

Penn would respond in the fourth inning, when Bossart earned his way aboard due to a Navy miscue in the field and Rick Brebner legged out an infield single. Junior Jeff McGarry sacrificed Bossart and Brebner over, bringing up Marshall Harden, who grounded out to the right side, scoring Bossart.

Navy added its second run in the bottom of the fourth inning on the strength of two singles and the ability to move runners over.

In the bottom of the eighth inning Cuff shut down Navy, one-two-three, on two strikeouts and a groundout.

In Penn’s half of the ninth, Bossart singled to give the Quakers the tying run aboard. The next batter, Brebner fought to a 3-2 count before striking out. Bossart, running on the pitch,was thrown out at second. McGarry singled to give Penn one more shot at tying the game, before Harden grounded out to second base.

Navy’s Anthony Parenti earned his fourth win of the year, throwing eight innings of three hit, one run baseball. He struck out six Penn batters. The Midshipmen’s Sam Sorenson earned his second save of the season.

Up next, Penn will face Towson (7-3) Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., at Navy's Max Bishop Stadium. The Tigers defeated Monmouth, 3-0, in the game prior to Penn’s in Annapolis.

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