PHILADELPHIA - On a cold day at Meiklejohn Stadium, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team's bats were hot in sweep of the Yale Bulldogs. Penn won game one 3-2 in comeback fashion, before exploding for six home runs in a 19-3 victory in game two.
BULLISH BULLDOG: Yale used an RBI double from Andrew Herrera and a run-scoring single off the bat of Tom O'Neill to take a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Herrera's double went deep to left, while O'Neill singled back up the middleto give the Bulldogs the early advantage.
THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING GOOD: Coming into Sunday's games, Ryan Mincher was hitting just .148, but against Yale, the senior looked like the player that hit .328 for the Quakers in 2015. Mincher started his day with a long home run to left that cut the Bulldogs lead in half in the second inning, 2-1.
TOLA PARTY: Still trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning of a seven inning game, Matt Tola drove in two runs with a single to center to give the Quakers their first lead. Tola came to the plate with the bases loaded and dumped a flair just out the reach of the shortstop and two outfielders and allowed Sean Phelan and Matt O'Neill to score.
BILLY THE KING: Three runs would be all Penn starter Billy Lescher would need as he went all seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out 10. The sophomore appeared to get stronger as his day went on, striking out 8 of the final 15 men he faced. With the win, Lescher improved his record to 4-0 on the season.
THAT'S A GOOD START: Entering Sunday's doubleheader, Penn had hit eight home runs this season. The Quakers didn't wait long to add two more in the second game when Gary Tesch and Tim Graul went back-to-back to start things off. Tesch hit his first home run of the year over the left field wall and Graul followed by hitting the scoreboard in left.
Tola added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it 3-0.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Mincher wasn't done after his tone-setting home run in game one, the senior launched his second home run of the day, a two-run shot to left in the third inning to continue what would be a rough day for the pitching staff with the highest ERA in the Ivy League. Not to be outdone by his classmate, Matt Greskoff unloaded on a three-run home run to right later in the inning to make it 8-0.
PHEA WATCH: Riding an impressive streak at the plate, Sean Phelan hit his second homer of the season, a two-run blast in the sixth, to push the Quakers advantage to 12. Phelan went 2-for-4 in game two with a pair of RBIs and runs scored.
SLAMMING THE DOOR: After Yale scored in the seventh and eighth to make it 15-3, Gary Tesch put any thought of a comeback to bed when he hit his second home run of the day, a grand slam to left. With the home run, the Ivy League's leading hitter finished his day 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs.
QUAKER NOTES: Penn's 6 home runs are a program-record for most in a game...Billy Lescher stands alone at the top of the Ivy League leaders for wins with four... Lescher set career-highs in innings pitched (7) and strikeouts (10) in his first complete game... Gary Tesch is the first Quaker since Greg Zebrack in 2012 to have six or more RBIs in game... Zebrack had seven against Villanova on March 27, 2012... Penn's 19 runs are the most in a game since they scored 20 in 2004 against West Virginia Wesleyan in the season-opener...With his third inning home run, Matt Greskoff is tied for the Ivy League lead in home runs with four... Mike Reitcheck earned his first win of the season in game two... Reitcheck went 6.1 innings and allowed just one run on six hits while striking out six...Jonah Campbell pitched the final third of an inning in game two, throwing one pitch.
UP NEXT: Penn will play its first of 10 straight games on the road on Tuesday when the Quakers travel to Lafayette for the fifth meeting of the season with the Leopards in a consolation game of the Liberty Bell Classic.
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