PHILADELPHIA - Starting a weekend series with Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team split a pair of game, winning th first 13-2, before falling 7-4 in the second. Penn exploded for eight run in the fifth inning of its game one win and received an impressive performance from Jake Cousins on the mound.
Game One: Cornell 2 - Penn 13
WEATHERING THE STORM: After rain pushed the start of game one back an hour and half, Cornell jumped out to a 1-0 lead on an RBI double from Cole Rutherford that scored a man all the way from first.
O'NEILL LEAVES THE OZONE: In the second trailing by a run, Daniel Halevy led off thethe inning with a single to center, setting up Matt O'Neill's two-run home run to give the Quakers the lead. O'Neill's blast was a high, majestic shot that hit the top of the netting in left-center field that protects I-76.
WIDENING THE GAP: Still leading by a run in the fourth, Penn scored three more times to make it 5-1. Matt Greskoff doubled with one out and later scored on an infield single by Sean Phelan. Tim Graul plated two more when he hit a bases loaded single to left.
FIFTH INNING ERUPTION: After Cornell scored a run in the top of the fifth to make it 5-2, Penn scored eight times on eight hits in the bottom of the inning to jump out to a 13-2 lead. The Quakers sent 10 men to the plate before ever recording an out. Eight different players scored and Daniel Halevy recorded two hits. Greskoff started the scoring with a single to right that produced a run, Matt Tola followed with an infield single to third that allowed another man to score, two hitters later, Matt McGeagh singled, driving in a pair. Gary Tesch would then bring another one home with a double to left field before follow senior Ryan Mincher singled to center fro his first RBI of the day. Having already recorded a hit in the inning, Halevy doubled down the left field line to score two more and make it 13-2. In all, Penn sent 14 men to the plate and Ryan Mincher was the only man not to score, being stranded at third with no one out.
KING COUSINS: The bats weren't the only impressive display on Saturday. Jake Cousins earned his fourth win of the season pitching six inning and striking out a season-high 11, including 10 in the first four innings. The junior fanned the side in the first and third innings and helped the Quakers improve to 7-6 in Ivy League play.
Game Two: Cornell 7 - Penn 4
PICKING UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF: After a 13-run first game, Penn scored twice in the first inning of game two to jump out to an early lead. Daniel Halevy started the scoring with a base loaded single to left and Matt O'Neill created another run by grounded into a double play one batter later.
BACK TO TWO: Leading 2-1 in the sixth, Sean Phelan singled to right with the bases loaded to make it 3-1 and restore the two-run lead.
CORNELL COMEBACK: The Big Red answered back in the seventh, scoring twice on a sacrifice fly from Parker Morris and a run-scoring single from Ellis Bitar to make it 3-3.
A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN: In the bottom of the inning, Tim Graul hit his sixth home run of the year to break the tie and give the Quakers a 4-3 lead. Graul's home run give him the Ivy League lead in home runs and RBIs.
BIG RED'S BIG INNING: In the eighth, Cornell scored four times to run away with a 7-4 win. The big blow came off the bat of Dale Wickham, who hit a triple high off the fence in center to score the winning run.
QUAKER NOTES: Jake Cousins' 11 strikeouts are a season-high for any Quaker pitcher, surpassing Billy Lescher's 10 strikeout performance against Yale on April 3... With his sixth home run and 26th RBI, Tim Graul leads the Ivy League in both categories... Gabe Kleiman started game two for the Quakers and allowed one run over 5.1 innings... Kleiman shrunk his 2.25 ERA to 2.18, 0.01 behind the league leader.
UP NEXT: Penn finishes off the four-game set with the Big Red on Sunday. It will be Youth Day at Meiklejohn with Baseball Bingo and Dollar Hot Dogs. The game will also be broadcasted on the ILDN and ESPN 3.
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