Baseball Splits With Yale on Saturday

Penn 2 - Yale 0

Yale 13 - Penn 6

New Haven, Conn. - The Quakers pitching and defense was phenomenal in the first game on Saturday, but struggled at times in the nightcap as Penn split with Yale on Saturday, winning 2-0 in ten innings and then falling 13-6 in the second game.

The Red and Blue outfield threw out the winning run at home on three occasions in the opener, including back-to-back throws by right fielder Adrian Lorenzo in the bottom of the ninth, to preserve a gem of a pitching performance from Paul Cusick. Cusick went eight shutout innings, scattering five hits and striking out 11 batters and freshman Cody Thomson got out of trouble in each of the final two frames to earn the win. Yale's southpaw, Vinny Lally, nearly matched Cusick, putting up zeros in all nine innings he pitched. Lally allowed just four hits and struck out seven batters but earned the no decision for his efforts on the mound

Penn managed just seven hits in ten innings with three of the biggest coming in the top of the 10th. Sophomore Spencer Branigan was 1-for-1 with a double and also scored the eventual game-winner on a triple by Greg Zebrack.

In the second game of the doubleheader, The Bulldogs scored five times in the first inning and kept the hits coming in finishing with the 13-6 victory. The loss snaps the Red and Blue win streak at six games as the team falls to 5-1 in Ivy League play and 14-11. Yale moves to 3-3 in league play and 14-11 overall.

In the first game, neither team threatened until the third, when Derek Vigoa led off and reached first on a throwing error by the shortstop. Lorenzo attempted to bunt him over but was hit by the pitch to put runners on first and second. A passed ball moved put both runners in scoring position and after a pair of outs Lally intentionally walked Jeremy Maas to load the bases. However, the Quakers weren't able to capitalize as Will Davis popped out to first to end the threat.

Cusick send down the Bulldogs in order in the bottom of third and Mike Mariano led off the fourth with a single but was stranded on first as each of the next three batters failed to get on base. Both hurlers worked with little trouble until Maas led off the top of the sixth with a double to wall in left-center. However, Lally worked out of trouble once again, getting the next three Penn batters out.

Yale answered with a leadoff single by Cam Squires in the bottom of the sixth. Squires moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but was tagged out at third on a fielder's choice. Two pitches later, catcher Will Davis threw out Andy Megee attempting to steal second for the final out.

Lorenzo was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the seventh and Engelhardt got hit as well to put runners on first and second. Williams lined a shot to shallow center that was caught and with the hit and run on, Lorenzo was rounding third and doubled up with little difficulty for the final out.

For the second straight inning, Yale led off the seventh with a single. Cusick followed with a walk to put two runners on with no outs. A failed bunt attempt with two strikes provided the first out and Cusick sent down the next batter in three pitches. The righty finished off the inning with his 10th strikeout of the game.

The Red and Blue got just a walk in the top of the eighth, and in the bottom of the frame the Bulldogs singled again to lead off the inning. After consecutive outs, Cusick intentionally walked Megee to put runners on first and second. Pinch hitter Kevin Fortunato belted a hard single to left and Maas fielded the ball cleanly and fired home just in time to get the runner trying to score from second.

In the top of the ninth the Quakers had another chance to score as Brebner led off with a single. After a pair of outs, Engelhardt singled on a ball that went off the pitcher and Williams walked to load the bases. Maas rapped the first pitch he saw down the left field line, but just high enough for the fielder to catch it on the run for the final out.

Cody Thomson relieved Cusick in the bottom of the ninth and ran into trouble with a one-out double to Ryan Brenner. Two batters later, Brenner tried to score from second on a single to right and was gunned down by Lorenzo at home. It was déjà vu on the next play as Lorenzo threw out Jacob Hunter trying to score from second on a single to right.

In the top of the 10th, sophomore Spencer Branigan blasted a double to the wall in center with one out. Zeback followed with a RBI triple to left-center to score Branigan and give Penn the 1-0 lead. With two-down, Vigoa singled to center, scoring Zebrack and making it 2-0. Thomson gave up a pair of hits in the ninth but got didn't allow a run in earning his fifth win of the season.

In the second game, starter Chris McNulty got in trouble in the first inning as each of the first six hitters reached base via hit or walk. Trailing 3-0 with the bases load, third baseman Williams fielded a grounder and fired home for the first out, however, catcher Will Davis' attempt to the get the double play failed as the ball hit the runner in the back and dribbled away as a runner scored to make it 4-0. Another throwing mishap in the same play allowed a fifth run to score for the Bulldogs.

Yale added to their total with a pair of runs in the third and fourth to make it a 9-0 ballgame. On the other side of the rubber, starter Pat Ludwig kept the Quakers without a hit for the first four innings.

Penn responded in the fifth as Davis and sophomore Spencer Branigan singled to lead off the inning. After a fly out, Brebner hit a hard single to left center, scoring Davis and cutting the lead to 9-1. The Bulldogs came back in the bottom of the frame with three more runs to push their advantage to 12-1.

McNulty was lifted after five and Matt Gotschall came in relief, holding Yale silent in the sixth and allowing a run in the seventh to make it 13-1.

The Quaker offense came alive in the eighth as scored four times to make it a 13-5 ballgame. Lorenzo smacked a one-out single to left to start things off. After a fly out, Williams doubled down the left field line and Lorenzo advanced to third. Maas followed with a single to the shortstop, scoring Lorenzo. Davis then made it a 13-5 game with his fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot to right field.

Down to the team's last outs, Rick Brebner led off the ninth with a solo shot to right, his second of the year. The dinger cut the lead to 13-6 but Penn wouldn't get another base runner.