PHILADELPHIA – Closing out the season series with Cornell on Sunday, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team swept the Big Red to move within one game of first place in the Gehrig Division. Penn walked off in 10 innings in game one, before running away with a 16-5 win in game two. Tim Graul led the way for the Quakers going 8-for-10 on the day with five doubles, a home run, three RBIs and five runs scored.
Game One: Cornell 2 – Penn 3
OFF THE BAT: Penn jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first frame when Gary Tesch led off the bottom of the opening inning with a triple to right-center field. He would score one batter later on a Matt O’Neill groundout to short.
NO DOUBT, IT’S TIED: In the second, Cornell answered with a mammoth home run off the bat of Cole Rutherford to left field.
KEEPING THEM IN (REIT)CHECK: Game one would remain tied a one until the 10th thanks to an impressive outing by Mike Reitcheck. The junior pitched nine innings, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out six. He did not allow a hit in the two extra innings he pitched, striking out two in the eighth.
WALK OFF THE HARD WAY: After Cornell took the lead in the 10th on an RBI single from Mark Fraser, Penn scored twice in the bottom of the inning to walk off with a 3-2 win. Matt O’Neill started the 10th with a double and scored when Graul doubled right behind him. Two walks loaded the bases with two outs, setting up Chris Rabasco’s game winning hit by a pitch. Rabasco took a pitch in the side and walked to first where he was greeted by an emptied Penn bench.
Game Two: Cornell 5 – Penn 16
QUAKERS CONQUER CORNELL EARLY: Cornell jumped out to a 1-0 lead in game two on a leadoff home run by Ellis Bitar, but Penn countered with four runs in both the first and second to jump out to an 8-1 lead. Graul tied the game with a double to left three batters in and scored himself on a groundout by Daniel Halevy. The next hitter, Matt Greskoff made it 4-1 with a towering two-run home run to right, topped off with a big bat flip by the senior. In the second, a bases loaded balk pushed a run home before Halevy recorded his second RBI on a fielder’s choice and Matt Tola drove in a pair with a double to make it 8-1.
RESILIENCY WITHOUT REWARD: Cornell cut the lead in half with three runs in the third, but Sean Phelan quieted an talk of a comeback with a two-run home run down the left field line. Phelan’s opposite field home run is his third overall on the season.
Ryan Mincher added a run in the fifth with a double, Matt McGeagh produced another with his first triple of the season in the sixth, and Matt Tola cleared the bases with a bases loaded double in the seventh to make it 15-5.
Finishing off his incredible day, Graul hit his second home run in as many days and his third home run of the week in the eighth to cap off the scoring.
QUAKER NOTES: For the weekend, Tim Graul was 10-for-17 with five doubles, a home run, six RBIs, and eight runs scored… Billy Lescher won his fifth game of the season in game two, tying him for the Ivy League lead… Tim Graul’s home run in the eighth inning is his seventh of the season, extending his conference lead in the category… Penn sent 10 men to the plate in the first inning in game two, marking the second time in the series that the Quakers batted around against the Big Red… With the three-win weekend, Penn is just one game back of Princeton for the Gehrig Division lead.
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