Winter Park, Fla. - The Quakers got an impeccable perfect pitching performance from Paul Cusick as he went eight innings and combined with two relievers to toss a two-hit shutout against Georgetown as Penn won 4-0 on Friday at Alfond Stadium.
The Red and Blue offense gave Cusick a run in the bottom of the first and that's all he needed, as the senior gave up just two hits over 8.1 shutout innings for his first victory of the season. He also struck out five batters and walked two as just one runner made it past second base the entire game. Sophomore John Beasley came in to get the second out of the ninth with a strikeout and freshman southpaw Alex Ott finished off the shutout with a fly out to right.
Freshman Brandon Engelhardt went 3-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base from the leadoff spot, and Spencer Branigan had a pair of hits and 2 RBI, as they combined for five of the Quakers' seven hits on the afternoon.
Engelhardt singled to lead off the bottom of the first for Penn. Running aggressively, the first-year took off on a dropped pitch by the catcher and eventually came around to third as the throw to second went into centerfield for an error. Engelhardt came home on a groundout to shortstop by senior Dan Williams to give Penn a 1-0 lead.
The Red and Blue added to their lead an inning later as Branigan led off with a single. The sophomore took second for his first career steal and was moved over to third on a groundout by Rick Brebner. Junior Derek Vigoa earned the RBI as he grounded out to shortstop, allowing Branigan to score.
Cusick kept dealing, sending down the Hoyas in order until a single in the fourth inning broke up his no hit bid. He was unfazed, striking out the next batter and getting the final hitter of the inning to fly out to centerfield.
Penn added to their lead in the sixth as Engelhardt and Zebrack led off with back-to-back singles. A sacrifice bunt by Williams moved the runners over and Jeremy Maas was walked to load the bases. Branigan was patient at bat and earned the bases loaded walk to push the lead to 3-0 before consecutive outs ended the inning.
Branigan added to the Quakers' lead in the eighth when he launched a ball over the fence and past the scoreboard in right for a solo home run. Cusick came back on in the top ninth with 4-0 lead and retired the first batter before getting pulled. Beasley came on for a strikeout and Ott finished off the win.
Penn improves to 3-4 overall and 3-3 during Rollins College Baseball Week. The Quakers will play Georgetown again in the cosolation game of the Week at noon on Saturday.