Baseball Holds Down Hoyas, 9-4

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Penn came out firing on all cylinders on Friday, scoring runs in each of the first three innings and following Paul Cusick’s lead on the mound, en route to a 9-4 win over Georgetown.

With the win, Penn is now 5-4 overall, including 4-3 on the Spring Trip.

The Quakers had a two-run lead after the top of the first, putting pressure on the Hoyas before they had even swung the bat.

In the opening half-inning, Adrian Lorenzo walked and then stole second. He scored on a single up the middle by Dan Williams, who advanced to second when the centerfielder misplayed the ball. Williams then scored when Georgetown made another error in the field – this time a throwing error from the shortstop on a fielder’s choice from Will Davis.

In the second, Penn added two more runs. Derek Vigoa and Jeff Cellucci started the inning with back-to-back doubles, Cellucci driving in Vigoa with a two-bagger to left center. Steve Gable then advanced Cellucci with a sac bunt and Adrian Thomas singled home Cellucci.

Georgetown got a run back in the bottom of the second, but Penn did not waver, retaliating with three runs in its half of the third. Maas singled on a checked swing down the third base line then advanced to third when a pickoff attempt sailed into the outfield. He then scored on a wild pitch. William Gordon, who walked on that wild pitch, took off on the next pitch and Vigoa completed the hit-and-run to set up men at the corners. A passed ball scored Gordon and moved Vigoa to second. With two outs, Georgetown’s starter continued to be wild, throwing two wild pitches to score Vigoa.

The Hoyas got back in the game with a two-spot in the fifth, using an infield groundout and a single to plate two runs.

Penn got those two runs back in the eighth inning of the bat of Lorenzo. The sophomore belted a triple down the line in left to score Gable (who had reached via single) and Thomas (who reached when his sac bunt resulted in an overthrown from the pitcher).

Cusick came out for the first batter of the eighth inning and struck out the leadoff man – his sixth K of the day. That was all as he had thrown 120 pitches over his 7.1 innings. Tom Grandieri and William Gordon combined to pick up the final five outs. Georgetown threatened in the ninth, scoring a run and putting men on first and third with one out – but Gordon fanned the final two batters of the game to close the door.

Penn is back in action against Rollins at 11 a.m. on Saturday.