Baseball Splits Season Series With Princeton; Falling, 6-5 and 15-9

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score -Game 2

Philadelphia - Despite collecting 22 hits over two games, Penn could not complete the series sweep over Princeton, dropping both games of Sunday's doubleheader at Murphy Field, 6-5 and 15-9. Both teams flexed their offensive muscle, combining for 35 runs and 49 hits over the two games. On senior day, Nate Moffie contributed six hits in nine at bats to Penn's offense, plating four runs and scoring three more.

Game one of today's twin bill was indicative was Saturday's double-dip, tightly contested. Princeton (13-17, 7-5 Ivy) opened the scoring with a run in the third inning when Aaron Prince drove in Zach Wendkos with a single. Penn (11-20, 7-9 Ivy) answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sean Abate homered for the fifth time this season to score Bryan Graves who had reached on a single to left center field. Spencer Witte followed Abate with a single and scored two batters later when Evan Sobel singled through the right side of the infield. After the Tigers plated second run in the top of fifth Moffie put two more on the board for the Red and Blue with a hooking shot over the left field wall to score Alex Nwaka who was pinch-running for Kyle Armeny after the freshman doubled to right field.

Princeton's bats would not stay quiet in the late innings as they had the day before as the Tigers scored two runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings to surge ahead, 6-5. Andrew Salini slapped a two-out double in the top of the seventh to give his team its winning margin, scoring Prince and Will Venable who had reached on a walk and single, respectively. Sal Iacono scored Princeton'stwo runs in the sixtha double but sophomore's day was nowhere near over.

Iacono led five Tigers with multi-hit efforts in Princeton's 15-run outburst, hitting a double, triple and two singles and driving in two runs. Wendkos also collected four hits in the win, plating five runs. The Red and Blue had five players have more than one hit in the night cap. Moffie recorded three of his six hits on the day. Also registering three base hits were Abate and Witte, who both finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate. The trio also recorded multiple RBI, each plating two runs.

Penn fell behind, 5-1, to start game two but knotted the score at five with two runs in the third and fourth innings. The score remained tied for seven outs as the Tigers scored three runs in the sixth, one in the seventh, two in the eighth and four in the ninth.

The Quakers travel to the Lehigh Valley for non-conference games with Lafayette on April 19 and 2005 Liberty Bell Classic runner-up Lehigh on April 17. Both games have a first pitch of 3 p.m.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications