Baseball Sweeps Harvard

Penn 10, Harvard 0 - Game One

Penn 5, Harvard 0 - Game Two

CAMBRIDGE – In game one of a doubleheader at Harvard on Monday, Todd Roth pitched a two-hit shutout as the Quakers defeated the Crimson, 10-0.

Roth was perfect through five innings before Sean O’Hara hit a single down the left field line. He was quickly retired on a double play by Matt Rogers. Jeff Stoeckel the recorded Harvard’s final hit of the game, a single to left. He was stranded on first after Dillon O’Neil struck out swinging – the last of Roth’s six strikeouts on the day.

The Quakers were once again able to score early and put pressure on their opponents. Steve Gable extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an infield single to short. Tom Grandieri followed with a single up the middle, advancing Gable to third. A sacrifice fly from William Gordon scored Gable for the 1-0 lead.

The Quakers extended their lead to 3-0 in the third inning with a pair of unearned runs. Gable continued to serve as a catalyst for the Red and Blue, notching a single to right field to start the inning. A passed ball advanced Gable to second and Grandieri drove him in with a single to left. Grandieri then stole second and scored on a throwing error by Harry Douglas on an attempted sacrifice bunt by Gordon.

Penn added another run in the fifth inning when Grandieri scored from on an infield single by Dan Williams. Grandieri had reached on a double to right, advancing to third on a flyout by Gordon.

The Quakers put the game out of reach in the final two innings, adding three runs in both the sixth and seventh. In the sixth, Adrian Lorenzo doubled to start things off. Douglas’ second error of the game allowed Jeff Cellucci to reach and Lorenzo to score all the way from second. Then, with runners on second and third, Grandieri drove them in with his second double of the game.

In the seventh inning, control issues fro Harvard’s reliever, Ryan Watson, contributed to Penn’s three-run inning. He walked two of the first four batters and hit the other two. His walk to Cellucci allowed Williams to score. With the bases still loaded, two groundouts scored the final runs of the game for Penn.

It took a few innings for the Quakers to score in the second game, but the five runs they put across the plate were all they needed as Penn won, 5-0.

The fourth inning started as so many have this season – with a Gable base hit. Grandieri followed by reaching on an error by the second baseman. Gordon then drove in Gable from second with a base hit to left center. A Kyle Armeny fielder’s choice advanced Grandieri to third and Will Davis scored him with a single for a 2-0 lead.

Penn matched its two-run fourth with a pair of runs in the fifth. Thomas reached when the first baseman muffed the throw from the pitcher. Michael Gatti followed with a single to right field. Thomas hustled all the way to third on the play, with Gatti taking an extra base as well. After an intentional walk to the red-hot Gable loaded the bases, Grandieri made the Crimson pay with an infield single, scoring Thomas. Gordon followed with a sacrifice fly to score Gatti, giving the Quakers a 4-0 lead after five innings.

The Red and Blue added their fifth run in the eighth inning on a sac fly from Armeny that scored Grandieri.

Sam Gilbert drew the start in game two for Penn and pitched 5.2 innings of shutout ball. He scattered seven hits and struck out six batters for his third win of the season. Reid Terry pitched the final 3.1 innings and allowed just one hit for his first collegiate save.

Penn is back at .500 overall with an 11-11 record. In the Ivy League, Penn is 3-4.

The Quakers can attribute much of today’s success to the “G-men” – Steve Gable and Tom Grandieri. The two men – who bat leadoff and second in the order – 10-for-17 against the Crimson today for an average of .588. The two combined to score eight runs and drive in five. Gable has now hit safely in 18-stright games and scored a run in 11 of Penn’s last 13 contests.

There is no question that Harvard’s defense – or lack of defense – factored into today’s games. The Crimson committed seven errors and only six of Penn’s 15 runs were earned. At the same time, Penn took advantage of those mistakes as every time Harvard had a miscue, Penn turned it into a run.

The Quakers are back in action on Tuesday, playing at Villanova at 3 p.m.

“They gave us a chance today with some of those errors, but the important thing is we capitalized,” head coach John Cole said. “It was cold out so we needed to be aggressive early. We did that and got two big wins.”