PHILADELPHIA - Opening its Ivy League slate, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team split a doubleheader with Brown on Saturday afternoon, losing the first game 8-5, but salvaged the second with a 3-1 win. Oddly enough, in both games the team that had more hits lost. The Quakers allowed 11 hits in game two, but were able to keep the Bears off the board.
QUICK SIX: The Quakers found themselves behind by six runs after the first four innings of the seven inning contest by allowing three in the second, two in the third and one more in the fourth.
In the second it was a pair of RBI groundouts and a double that put the Bears on top 3-0. Josh Huntley got the scoring started when he rolled over on a ball to second that allowed a man to score. Following a walk, Brian Ginsberg drove a double to deep right field to plate another and Tim McKeithan scored the third with a groundout to deep short.
Brown used a four-hit third inning to score two more with an RBI double from Sam Grigo and a single to score another from Huntley again.
Noah Shulman made it 6-0 in the fourth when he ripped a double to left and allowed Rob Henry to score from second.
QUAKERS MAKE IT A GAME: Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Penn scored three times to cut the lead in half. Sean Phelan got the scoring started with his first home run of the year. Phelan led off the inning with a high fly ball that cleared the right field fence.
Daniel Halevy singled one batter later and scored on Penn's first triple of the season off the bat of Matt O'Neill.
O'Neill touched home two hitters later when Matt Tola grounded out to second.
PHELAN IT: Phelan wasn't done after his home run, driving in another with a single to right in the fifth to bring the Quakers deficit to just two.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: A two-run double in the final inning from Ginsberg gave the Bears an 8-4 lead and greatly diminished the Quakers chances of mounting a comeback.
DIMINISHED, BUT NOT DONE: Penn pushed a run across in the seventh on an RBI single from O'Neill and even brought the tying run to the plate in the inning, but couldn't complete the comeback in an 8-5 loss.
PENN FOR THREE, YES!: In a scoreless game in the sixth, Penn sent eight men to the plate and brought in three runs to take its first lead of the day. O'Neill knocked in the game's first run with a double to left-center field, Matt Tola doubled the Quakers lead with a single to left, and then got some help from Brown to make it 3-0, scoring a run on a bases loaded balk.
NUTTY NINTH: It wasn't an easy save for Jake Nelson in the ninth. Nelson stranded the tying run on second thanks to a nifty play by Tola and Ryan Mincher on a line drive to end the game. Tola snagged the liner and threw off his back foot to throw out Willy Homza who had drifted too far off the base and clinched the 3-1 win.
QUAKER NOTES: Sean Phelan ended game one 3-for-4 and a triple shy of the cycle... The Ivy League's leading hitter, Gary Tesch added his ninth multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-4 performance in game one and also extended his hit streak to seven games, tying Andrew Murnane for longest by a Quaker this season... Murnane pinch-hit in game one, but was hit by a pitch... Gabe Kleiman won his second game of the year pitching six inning and allowing four hits, while striking out a season-high seven.
UP NEXT: Penn will continue its Ivy schedule with two games against Yale on Sunday. Mike Reitcheck and Billy Lescher will take the mound for the Quakers.