Box Score (Game 1)
Box Score (Game 2)
PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers didn't allow a run through the first 15 innings on Sunday, shutting out Mount St. Mary's 8-0 in the opener and only giving up a run in the top of the ninth on the way to a 6-1 win in the second game of the day versus the Mountaineers.
Penn got a pair of impressive pitching performances on the day from Paul Cusick and Chris McNulty, as the Red and Blue improved to 7-5 overall with the victories. Junior Dan Williams went 5-for-8 and reached base seven times on the day, scoring four runs.
Cusick got the ball in the first game and didn't give it up, going the distance in the seven inning affair, throwing a three-hit shutout. The junior right hander struck out a season-high ten batters and walked two as only one runner reached third.
Cusick got all the offense he would need in the bottom of the first, as the Quakers scored twice. Tom Grandieri reached on an error and took second on the poor throw. A fly out moved him to third and William Gordon singled Grandieri home for the 1-0 lead. Penn loaded the bases with two outs and Mike Mariano drew the bases loaded walk to make it a two run game. A groundout ended the frame.
The Mount went down in order over the next two frames as Penn continued to put runners on base. In the fifth, Penn added to its lead as Branigan walked to lead off. Two batters later, catcher Will Davis went yard for the fourth time this year, making it a 4-0 contest.
The Quakers extended their advantage an inning later when the first three runners reached base. A Davis sacrifice fly scored one and junior Jeremy Maas followed with a double to centerfield to score two more, making it 7-0. Shortstop Derek Vigoa concluded the scoring with a single through the right side to send Maas home. Cusick allowed the first runner of the seventh to reach but send the next three down in order for his first win of the year.
In the second game of the day, McNulty took the mound, looking to equal the performance of Cusick. The southpaw nearly matched his counterpart, scattering six hits over 7.2 shutout innings while striking out six and walking just one batter.
Penn took the lead for good in the bottom of the second inning, as Grandieri hit a two-out single up the middle to get on base. A bunt single by Vigoa put runners on first and second, and freshman catcher Grant Saunders hit a single to center to earn his first career RBI.
The Red and Blue added two runs in the third. Maas singled through the left side, stole second and scored on a throwing error, while the Quakers' other run came off a Spencer Branigan RBI double.
The score remained 3-0 until Penn doubled its lead in the bottom half of the eighth, scoring three times on three hits. Trey Jennings came in to pitch the ninth and gave up a leadoff double. A one-out single scored the Mount's first run of the day, but they wouldn't get anymore runs as Jennings got the final two batters out in order to earn his first save of the year.
The shutout by Cusick was the first for a Penn pitcher since McNulty went nine innings in a compete game shutout of Princeton on April 19, 2009 ... The ten strikeouts were one short of a career high for Cusick ... McNulty's six strikeouts were a season-high ... Penn as a team gave up just three earned runs on the weekend, good for a 0.84 ERA ... Mike Mariano went 0-for-0 on Sunday, but walked in all four of his plate appearances.