PHILADELPHIA – Hosting the New York Institute of Technology in a midweek non-conference doubleheader, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team split two games on Wednesday, winning game one 15-1, before falling in game two 6-2, at Meiklejohn Stadium.
Penn (16-12) had little trouble in game one finding its groove, scoring four runs in the first inning, followed up with three runs in the second, two runs in the third, two runs in the fourth, a run in the fifth, and three runs in the sixth. The Quakers totaled 17 hits in the game, totaling 15 RBI. Five Penn players recorded multiple hits versus the Bears (8-15) in the opening game.
The Quakers attack was led by senior Matt McKinnon, who pushed his hitting streak to seven games after collecting hits in both ball games on Wednesday. In game one McKinnon went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, and four RBI. In game two he went 1-for-3, while driving in a run.
Along with McKinnon, fellow senior Jeff McGarry went 3-for-3 with three RBI in the first game, and sophomore Tim Graul went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run to left field.
Game one featured other notable firsts, as freshmen Brendan Broviak and Jordan Della Valle picked up their first collegiate hits. Broviak would finish with two hits in the game, while Della Valle’s hit was a two-run double off the wall in left centerfield.
Senior left-handed pitcher Stephen Silvestri (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, tossing a scheduled three innings of scoreless baseball. In relief, sophomore Jesse Roth pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts, while freshman Billy Lescher threw one scoreless inning. Freshman John White allowed a leadoff home run in the seventh, before closing out game one.
As much offensive energy Penn displayed in game one, there was little to be found in game two. The Quakers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring a run in the first inning and second inning, but that would be it for the Red and Blue.
NYIT would score three runs in the third inning, knocking senior starting pitcher Dan Gautieri (1-3) out of the game, and would continue to add insurance runs, with one in the fifth, and two in the sixth.
Penn totaled just five hits in game two, with McKinnon’s RBI single in the first inning being the only major blow dealt to NYIT starter Anthony Merchan.
The Quakers return to Ivy League action this weekend, hosting Princeton in a four-game series. The Red and Blue and Tigers will meet in a doubleheader bothSaturday and Sunday, with games beginning at 12 p.m. both days. Sunday’s games will be available to watch live on the Ivy League Digital Network.