PHILADELPHIA - Opening weekend at Meiklejohn Stadium didn't go as planned in terms of schedule, but the University of Pennsylvania baseball team made sure that it added a few more games to the win column with a series-win against Binghamton. Penn fell in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader, 7-0, but took the decisive third game, 1-0 to take the weekend from the Bearcats.
GAME ONE: Binghamton defeats Penn 7-0
BEARCAT BLAST: As documented in Friday's recap, Penn has struggled in the first inning this season and game one on Saturday presented more problems. After a one-out walk to David Schanz, Reed Gamache hit his second home run of the year to put the Quakers behind in the opening inning for the third consecutive game.
SQUEEZED AGAIN: Still leading 2-0, Binghamton used a squeeze-bunt to push another run across in the fifth. With Paul Rufo on third, Daniel Franchi dropped an excellent bunt down the first base line to allow Rufo to hustle home on the sacrifice.
NAILED IN THE NINTH: Facing the same deficit in the ninth, Penn allowed four runs in the final inning to fall by a final of 7-0. The big blow came from the bat of Brendan Skidmore who hit his third home run of the season to drive in two more runs.
GAME TWO: Penn defeats Binghamton 1-0
IT DOESN'T TAKE MORE THAN TWO TO TANGO: In game two of the twin bill, Penn only recorded two hits, but Gabe Kleiman, Mitch Holtz, and Billy Lescher combined to shutout the Bearcats.
ALL YOU NEED IS ONE: The game's only run was score in the third inning and the Quakers scored it without the benefit of a hit. Following a walk to Holden Morris, Grant Guillory laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Morris to second and Tim Graul ripped a ball to short that couldn't be handled and allowed the run to score.
KLEIMAN INTO THE WIN COLUMN: In his first win of the season, Gabe Kleiman pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just four hits, while striking out a trio of Bearcats. Kleiman went 1-2-3 in the third, fourth, and fifth innings and faced just two over the minimum in his first five innings.
HOLTZ HOLDS IT DOWN: As he has throughout the early going, Mitch Holtz gave the Quakers 1.1 quality innings to help get to the backend of the bullpen. Holtz did not allow a hit in his outing, but struck out a pair.
NAILED DOWN THE NINTH: Billy Lescher pitched the eighth and ninth for Penn, allowing one hit and a walk in the final frame for his first save of the season. The one hit was a double with a runner on first that put the go-ahead run in scoring position, but Lescher ended the ballgame with a strikeout.
QUAKER NOTES: The shutout in game two is the Quakers first of the season...Penn had two shutouts in 2015, with the final one coming in a 2-0 win over Columbia on April 26... Billy Lescher's save is the first of his career and the first for the Quakers in 2016... Freshman Matt Tola was the only Quaker to record a multi-hit game on Saturday with a 2-for-4 performance in game one.
UP NEXT: Penn will head to Lehigh for a mid-week contest with the Mountain Hawks on Wednesday before returning home for two games against Lafayette on Saturday.