Baseball Sweeps Princeton, 8-1 and 14-3

Box Score (Game 1)

Box Score (Game 2)

PHILADELPHIA - An offensive outpouring led to a Penn sweep of arch rival Princeton at Clarke Field in Princeton, N.J., Saturday afternoon. The Quakers turned game one into a blowout victory with a five-run fifth en route to an 8-1 win. Then in game two, the Quakers held a 14-0 lead and completed the sweep with a 14-3 win.

Senior Tom Grandieri continued his impressive weekend, going 5-for-9 with five runs scored and two RBI. Senior Steve Gable also hit well once again in Princeton, going 1-for-2 with an RBI in the first game and 3-for-4 in the second with three runs scored and three RBI.

On the mound, the Red and Blue got consistent pitching for the second straight day. Sophomore southpaw Chris McNulty set the tone, throwing a complete game five-hitter. He allowed just one run while striking out three batters. In the nightcap, freshman John Beasley was impressive, tossing a one-hitter through the first seven innings. In the eighth, he allowed each of the first three runners to reach base before being pulled for reliever Trey Jennings. He improved to 2-0 with the victory

In the opener, the Quakers got on the board early as Tom Grandieri hit his seventh home run of the year with Jeremy Maas aboard for the 2-0 advantage. McNulty kept the Tiger bats at bay through the first four, until Penn broke the game open in the top of the fifth.

The Red and Blue scored five times in the inning, all with two outs on the board. Dan Williams led off the two-out rally and Adrian Lorenzo and Gable finished it with a bases clearing triple, and a double.

Princeton was finally able to get a run off McNulty in the bottom of the frame, but Penn added one more in the seventh for the 8-1 final.

The second game was a pitcher's duel for the first three innings as neither hurler allowed a run. In the fourth the Quakers finally got on the board with three runs. Grandieri led off the inning and Gordon followed with a single. Both came around to score, as did Gable, who reached home on a sacrifice bunt by Emilio Pastor.

Beasley was unhittable through the first four, sending down the first 12 batters in order. His perfect game was broken up in the fifth with a hit-by-pitch, but he retired the final two batters. Penn added two more runs in the sixth and in the bottom of the inning Beasley's no-hit bid was ended on a one-out single by Matt Connor. The right hander retired the last two in order and also went 1-2-3 in the seventh.

Offensively the Red and Blue put six runs across home plate in the top of seventh to put the game out of reach. Each of the first six runners reached and came around to score. An inning later they added three more for the 14-0 margin. In the bottom of the frame Princeton finally got on the board with three, for the 14-3 final tally.

Senior Reid Terry threw a scoreless ninth, for his 21st appearance of the season. It also marks his 69th career appearance, tying the Ivy League record set by Adam Barrick of Yale in 2006.

Penn improves to 20-17 with the win, its highest victory total since going 20-19 in 2007. The Quakers also moved to 9-7 in the Ivy League, second in the Lou Gehrig Division. The Red and Blue trail Columbia by just two games with one weekend of Ivy play remaining. On Friday they play the Lions in a home-and-home series beginning Friday at noon at Meiklejohn Stadium. Should Penn win three of four games this weekend they would clinch a tie with Columbia for the Division crown.