Baseball Falls to Villanova

PHILADELPHIA – The momentum gained from a two-game sweep of Harvard on Monday did not carry over to Tuesday’s game with Villanova for Penn as the Wildcats exploded for five runs in the first inning en route to a 16-2 win at Villanova Ballpark.

The ‘Cats added a second five-run inning in the eighth and scored at least one run in four of their other six times at bat in the game.

Most of the damage came off the bat off leftfielder Matt McFolling. He entered the game hitting .211, but connected for a 4-for-5 day including a two-run homer in the fourth inning. He drove in five runs and scored three of his own runs.

James Dolbier was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Shortstop Derek Shunk was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. His two hits tied him for most all-time in Villanova history.

With the score 7-2 after three innings, Penn attempted a comeback in the fourth with two runs. William Gordon opened the inning with a double down the leftfield line – his team leading tenth of the season. After a flyout retired Kyle Armeny, Will Davis lined a single to right center that scored Gordon. The relay throw was cut-off by Dan Terpak who tried to catch Davis advancing to second. His throw was wild – and with the centerfielder in right field after chasing down his single – Davis was able to scamper around and score Penn’s final run of the game.

The Quakers gave the two runs back in the bottom of the inning on McFolling’s longball. With two outs in the inning, Dain Hall reached on a throwing error by Dan Williams at short. On the next pitch, McFolling sent Anthony Aruffo’s offering over the rightfield fence for two unearned runs and a 9-2 Wildcat lead.

Davis led the Quakers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Gordon was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.

The only other bright spot for the Red and Blue was Steve Gable’s single in the third inning. The base hit extended the sophomore second baseman’s hit streak to 19 games.

The Quakers are back in action this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders against Cornell at Meiklejohn Stadium. Both twin bills start at noon. Sunday is Little League Day at Meiklejohn Stadium. All Little League players who come to the game dressed in their uniform will receive a free hot dog and soda.