Winter Park, Fla. - The Quakers got a solid pitching performance from Chris McNulty but it wasn't enough as Georgetown came out on top, 6-3, on Saturday afternoon at Alfond Stadium.
McNulty scattered eight hits over seven innings and didn't allow a walk while striking out five, but he found himself on the wrong end of a 2-1 score after leaving the game with a runner on in the top of the seventh.
Penn still trailed 2-1 going into the top of the ninth, but six runs from the Hoyas blew open the game and put it out of reach despite a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Georgetown's Alex Meyer won the pitcher's duel by allowing just five hits over eight innings while striking out three and walking two. The Red and Blue finished the contest with nine hits overall, as freshman Brandon Engelhardt and senior Dan Williams each finished with a pair.
The Hoyas were the first to strike on Saturday, scoring a pair of runs in the second inning on a two-run homer by Erick Fernandez. McNulty settled down after the dinger, not allowing another runner past second base.
Penn didn't threaten until the sixth inning when Will Davis lead off the frame with a single up the middle and freshman Rick Brebner knocked a hit of his own. Engelhardt followed with a great bunt down the third base line, advancing the runners while beating out the throw to first. With the bases loaded, Derek Vigoa hit into a double play, but Davis was still able to score from third, cutting the lead in half. A fly out by Williams ended the threat.
Georgetown threatened again in the eighth with runners on second and third with two outs, but freshman Alex Ott got out of the jam with a fly out to right. An inning later the Hoyas broke through in a big way, jumping on Ott and reliever Patrick Brennan for four runs to take a 6-1 lead.
In the last of the ninth Penn mounted a comeback, loading the bases with two outs. Sophomore Greg Zebrack singled through the left side to score to and make it a 6-3 game, but a Davis groundout ended the contest.
The Quakers fall to 3-5 on the season and 2-2 against Georgetown. The two teams battle it out one last time tomorrow, when they take the field at 12 p.m.