ITHACA, N.Y. – Continuing Ivy League Gehrig Division play on Sunday versus Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team fell in game one, 2-0, before winning game two, 5-4, to take three of four games from the Big Red over the weekend.
Winning the series, Penn (15-11, 10-2 Ivy) stayed even with Columbia at the top of the Gehrig Division. Both the Quakers and Lions lead the Ivies with identical 10-2 records in the league.
On Sunday versus Cornell (9-20, 6-6 Ivy), Penn dropped game one after collecting just three hits and scoring no runs. Senior left-hander pitcher Ronnie Glenn (2-3)threw six innings in the game, allowing two runs on five hits, walking one, and striking out four batters. The Quakers’ three hits came on a Ryan Mincher double, and base hits from seniors Connor Betbeze and Matt McKinnon.
Game two starter, sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Cousins (3-1) worked 6.1 innings giving up four runs, three earned, while striking out three batters in picking up the victory.
Cousins left the game with a 5-4 lead after the Quakers scored a run in the second inning, followed by three in the third, and one in the fifth.
Senior infielder Jeff McGarry led the offensive attack for the Red and Blue, going 3-for-5 with two RBI. Junior outfielder Matt Greskoff also tallied three hits in the game, driving in one run. Ryan Mincher and Matt McKinnon picked up a pair of hits each, with McKinnon also adding a RBI.
After Cousins’ exit, fellow sophomore right-hander Mitchell Hammonds ensured the Quakers would win the weekend series throwing 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball in relief, allowing just two hits, while striking out two. For his efforts, Hammonds earned his first save of the season.
Penn will play next at home in a midweek doubleheader matchup with New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). The Quakers and Bears begin their twin bill at Meiklejohn Stadium at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Penn’s next Ivy League matchup will be a four-game home series with Princeton, April 18-19.