Baseball Splits with Brown to End Road Trip

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of Pennsylvania baseball team took three of four games for the second consecutive weekend, by splitting its doubleheader with Brown on Monday. Penn won Game 1, 5-3, but fell in the nightcap, 15-12.

In Game 1, Penn (13-13, 7-5 Ivy) was led by three freshman. On the mound, Todd Roth (4-1) held the Bears scoreless for the final four innings, while offensively Matt Toffaletti hit a solo shot in the fourth that tied the score and William Gordon knocked in the go ahead run in the seventh.

Roth gave up a two-run homer to Devin Thomas in the first. He also allowed one run in the third, but that is all he would give up to the Bears offense.

In the third, both Jeff Cellucci and Jarron Smith reached and came around to score on sacrifice flies to tie the score. After Brown (10-14, 5-3 Ivy) scored in the bottom half to take the lead, Toffaletti answered the bell for Penn, slamming his second home run of the trip to tie the score at 3-3.

The game remained knotted at three until the seventh. Tim May drew a lead off walk and pinch-runner Rajan Paty moved up to second on a ground out by Cellucci. After Smith was intentionally walked to set up the force, Brown opted for reliever Rob Hallberg. Gordon greeted him with a double to left field that scored both runs and put Penn up 5-3.

Roth gave up a double and a single to start the seventh; however he kept his composure and struck out the next three batters to record his fourth straight complete game.

In the nightcap, Penn and Brown combined for 27 runs and 31 hits in a game that took three and a half hours. The Bears got to Penn starter Doug Brown (2-4) early and took an 8-3 lead after three innings.

The Quakers cut the Brown lead to 8-6 on an RBI single by Alex Nwaka in the fifth and a two-run homer by Smith in the sixth. Brown scored one run in the bottom of the sixth and Penn followed with one of its own in the top of the seventh to keep it a two-run game. The Bears erupted for three runs in both the seventh and eighth.

However, the Red and Blue did not go quietly. With one on and no out in the eighth, Kyle Armeny hit a homer to right. Joey Boaen followed with a double to left and came around to score on a two-out double by Josh Corn to make the score 15-10.

In the ninth, Smith led off with a walk and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Gordon knocked Smith in on a single to center. With one out, Boaen doubled to left center to put two runners in scoring position. Toffaletti followed with a ground ball to first that brought in Gordon. Nwaka walked to bring the tying run to the plate, but Hallberg got Corn to strike out to end the game.

Gordon (3-for-6) scored three runs and drove in one run, while Boaen collected four hits and scored twice. Michael Gatti went 2-for-4 and knocked in two runs on a single in the second.

Penn returns home to Meiklejohn Stadium Wednesday to host Big 5 rival La Salle at 3 p.m., before hitting the road for their final road trip of the season. The Quakers travel to first-place Cornell this weekend.