OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. - Making the trek to Long Island, New York, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team took a 6-5 loss to NYIT in 12 innings on Wednesday. Penn held a lead three different times, but the Bears found a way to battle back and defeat the Quakers in extras.
ROAD WEARY: Following a three-hour bus ride, the Quakers fell behind 2-0 in the first inning. Joe Daru led off with a home run to left field and a Quaker miscue at first allowed Louis Mele scamper home from second.
EVENING THE SCORE: Penn tied things up in the third when an error at third allowed Matt Greskoff to score, followed by an RBI double from Tim Graul that made 2-2. Graul hit a ball deep to left-center field and allowed Matt McGeagh to score.
GRESKOFF LIFT OFF: In the fourth, Matt Greskoff broke the tie with his fifth home run of the season. Greskoff's solo shot was a no-doubter to right field.
BACK AND FORTH: In the sixth, Robert Fiato tied the game again for NYIT with an RBI single to right, but Mitch Holtz was able to strand a runner at third to end the inning.
An inning later, Penn retook the lead when Ryan Mincher scored on a throwing error from third. Daniel Halevy beat out a ball to third for a single, but the Bears third baseman threw the ball to the fence and allowed Mincher to walk home.
In the eighth, NYIT battled back for a second time, scoring a run on a groundout with runners at second and third. Penn got out of the inning again without trailing and the contest would go to extra innings.
TOPSY TURVY 10th: In the 10th, Penn took its third lead of the day on a bases loaded walk to Andrew Murnane, only to see it slip away in the bottom of the inning on the second home run of the day by Daru.
DARU'S DAY: In the 12th, Daru hit a one-out double, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a sacrifice fly to seal the Bears 6-5 win. Daru finished his day 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double, two RBIs, and three runs scored.
QUAKER NOTES: Jack Hartman made his first start of the season pitching three innings and allowing two runs in the first, but nothing after... Tim Graul collected three hits, including two doubles... Matt Greskoff's fifth home run gives him a share of the Ivy League lead.UP NEXT: Penn will regroup and head to Princeton on Saturday and Sunday for a crucial series against the Gehrig Division-leading Tigers.