Penn vs. Maine Blog
WINTER PARK, Fla. - The Penn men's baseball team scored five times in the first inning, but it wasn't enough as the Maine bats came alive in the third and didn't let up, taking the game 18-8.
Shortstop Derek Vigoa was one of three players with two hits, as the sophomore went 2-3 with two RBI. Junior Will Davis also had two hits and scored a pair of runs while Tom Grandieri had two hits and scored twice.
Penn opened the game with great promise, as each of the first three runners reached base. Freshman Spencer Branigan stepped to the plate and delivered for the Quakers, hitting a three-run double down the right field line. With one out Davis walked to put runners on first and second. Vigoa, up next, drove a ball down the left field line for a double scoring both runners on base. A groundout ended the top half of the first.
Maine responded with a run in the bottom of the first, however the Red and Blue answered back, scoring one in the second. Grandieri led off with a triple and two batters later, senior William Gordon drove him home on a single to left field.
The Black Bears took advantage of Penn miscues, scoring twice in the second with help from an error. Maine broke open the game in the third and the fourth, scoring eight times on eight hits. In the third, starter Todd Roth was lifted for Mike Zuppe. However, that did little to stop the bleeding, leaving the Quakers on the wrong side of an 11-6 deficit.
The Red and Blue added a run in the fifth on double by sophomore James Mraz, and in the sixt,h Branigan scored on a Davis single. The run cut the lead to 11-8 and Penn loaded the bases before a strikeout ended the inning.
An inning and a half later Maine tacked up six runs on the board to put the game out of reach. The Black Bears added a run in the eighth for the final 18-8 margin. Maine finished with 16 hits to go along with their run total.
Roth started the game for Penn and was one of six pitchers to take the mound for the Quakers. Branigan had a team-high three RBI on the night, giving him six on the season.
The Red and Blue look to exact some measure of revenge tomorrow when they take on Maine at 1 p.m.