PHILADELPHIA – Hosting Ivy League rival Princeton at Meiklejohn Stadium, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team swept the Tigers, winning 9-3 and 5-1, on a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon.
Penn (18-12, 12-2 Ivy) kept pace in trying to remain atop the Ivy League Gehrig Division with the sweep of Princeton (6-27, 3-11 Ivy). The Quakers still have two league games remaining against the Tigers on Sunday, before moving on to the final weekend of Ivy play versus Columbia.
In game one senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn (3-3) picked up a complete game victory, throwing seven innings with nine strikeouts, allowing three runs on six hits. Glenn pushed his total strikeouts to 43 on the season, in 43.2 innings of work.
Offensively in the first game, Penn totaled 14 hits, seven of which were doubles. Senior infielder Mitch Montaldo went 3-for-4 in the game, with all three of his hits going for extra bases. Also collecting three hits was senior catcher Austin Bossart, who doubled twice in the game.
Senior outfielder Connor Betbeze went 2-for-5 with two RBI, and junior infielder Ryan Mincher went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Penn scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, before Princeton tied the ballgame on a three-run home run to left field in the top of the third. The Quaker offense answered with four runs in the bottom of the third, before adding a run in the fourth and in the fifth to secure the lead.
In game two the Penn offense went directly back to work scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning, and extending the lead with a run in the second, before adding one more in the fifth.
Mitch Montaldo provided the punch in the first inning with a three-run home run that just escaped over the left field fence, for his Ivy League leading ninth home run of the season.
Junior outfielder Matt Greskoff provided a two-out RBI in the second inning, and finished game two going 3-for-5. Fellow junior outfielder Gary Tesch drove in the other Red and Blue run in the game.
Senior first baseman Matt McKinnon collected a two-run single in game one, and a single up the middle in game two, to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
On the mound in the second game, sophomore left-handed pitcher Mike Reitcheck (5-1) threw eight innings of shutout baseball, picking up his team-leading fifth victory, scattering seven hits and striking out six Tiger batters.
Penn and Princeton will conclude their four-game series tomorrow at Meiklejohn Stadium with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. Sunday’s action can be seen live on theIvy League Digital Network ($) and fans can followlive stats, and on Twitter - @PennBaseball