PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers were unable to put together a full game of hitting, pitching as they fell to Delaware 14-8 on Tuesday at Meiklejohn Stadium.
Penn struggled in the first three and last three innings against the Blue Hens, losing for just the second time in seven games. Junior Dan Williams reached base five times, going 4-for-4 and being hit by a pitch. The third baseman also finished a home run short of the cycle while scoring three times with an RBI. Catcher Will Davis also hit well, going 3-for-5 with an RBI.
The game began ominously for the Quakers as each of the first two batters reached. Ryan Cuneo followed with a triple, scoring both runners. Another single made it 3-0, before starter John Beasley settled down to get the next three batters out.
Penn replicated the feat in the bottom of the frame, as each of the first two Quakers reached. A one-out wild pitch moved the runners and Mike Mariano scored leadoff man Jeremy Maas with a grounder to the third baseman. William Gordon then singled with two down, scoring Williams to make it a 3-2 ballgame. A strikeout by Spencer Branigan ended the inning.
Both team's bats went silent in the second, but in the third Delaware exploded for four runs. A single by Cuneo led off the inning, and after a failed pickoff and wild pitch he found himself on third. Another single brought him home and the Blue Hens would send three more runners across the plate before the inning ended, stretching the margin to 7-2.
A double by Williams led off the bottom of the frame. He came home on a single by Tom Grandieri, cutting the lead to 7-3. Two innings later Penn came all the way back with four runs in the fifth.
Williams began the rally with a one out triple to lead off the fifth. A throwing error by the shortstop allowed Grandieri to reach, while also scoring Williams. Consecutive walks loaded the bases, and James Mraz followed with a pinch hit walk to score another run. Derek Vigoa then hit a grounder to third, but broke up the double play by beating the throw to first. Mike Mariano scored on the play to make it 7-6. A single to center by Davis tied the game at seven before a fly out ended the scoring.
In the sixth, Maas led off with a double down the left field line. Williams singled him home for the go-ahead run, however didn't get any farther than second as three of the next four Penn batters got out.
The following frame, the Blue Hens scored twice on two hits to take back the lead, 8-7. The Quakers went down in order in the seventh, and in the top of the eighth Delaware pushed its advantage to 12-8 with three runs on two hits.
Penn made one final comeback attempt in the eighth, as Maas and Williams each singled to open the frame. Consecutive strikeouts by Grandieri and Mariano put the rally in jeopardy. Gordon followed with a walk to load the bases, but a grounder to third ended the scoring threat.
Delaware added two more runs in the ninth for good measure, turning it into a 14-8 ballgame.
Patrick Brennan was charged with the loss for Penn, as he threw 4.1 innings of relief and gave up four earned runs while striking out four batters.
The Quakers drop to 12-11 with the loss, but look to rebound when they travel north this weekend to match up with Harvard and Dartmouth. Penn opens with a doubleheader against the Crimson at noon on Saturday and then faces Dartmouth on Sunday.