WINTER PARK, Fla. Penn’s bats have warmed up since the Quakers have landed in Florida, exploding for 29 runs over the course of two wins over Georgetown.
On Saturday, the Red and Blue scored 18 runs on 17 hits en route to an 18-4 drubbing of the Hoyas at Rollins College.
Sophomore Dan Williams had an remarkable day for the Quakers. The third baseman was 4-for-4 with four runs scored and six RBI. Add in two walks and it was about as perfect a day as a batter can have. His big blast came in the eighth inning a frame in which Penn scored eight unearned runs when Williams sent a grand slam over the right field fence. He added two singles and a double to go with his two free passes one of which was an intentional walk.
Penn’s eight-run eighth inning started with Williams’ single. Tom Grandieri then reached on an error by the shortstop. With Williams on third after the miscue, William Gordon drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Then, Georgetown’s pitcher got wild, walking Adrian Lorenzo and hitting Derek Vigoa to load the bases. Mike Mariano then reached on a fielder’s choice that recorded no outs, allowing Grandieri to score. Singles from James Mraz and Steve Gable each drove in a run before Williams went yard for the first time this season.
The big inning was Penn’s second of the game. In the sixth, the Quakers put up five runs. The first six batters of the inning reached base. Grandieri’s two-run single to the right side was the highlight of the inning.
Paul Cusick picked up the win his first of the season with five innings of seven-strikeout ball. He allowed two runs, only one of which was earned. After Chris McNulty allowed two runs out of the bullpen, freshmen Trey Jennings and Vince Voiro combined for two innings of scoreless relief to allow Penn’s bats to put the game out of reach.
The Quakers have a well-earned off day on Sunday before resuming their Spring Trip with a doubleheader against Maine on Monday.