PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Playing its final game on an 11-day Florida trip, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team was swept by Georgetown, losing the final game 11-6. Penn held the lead at three different points in the contest, but could not finish off the back and fourth affair.
GETTING AHEAD: Thanks to a couple of Hoyas miscues, Penn got on the board in the first inning. Gary Tesch led off the frame with a base hit to center before advancing to second on an errant pickoff throw. Matt Greskoff followed with a hard-hit ball to first that was mishandled and allowed Tesch to score, giving the Quakers a 1-0 lead.
GETTING EVEN: Georgetown did not have a baserunner off of Penn starter Gabe Kleiman into the fourth, but two hits and a sacrifice fly later, the game was tied at one. Austin Shirley led off the inning with a double to right field and later scored on a fly out from Jake Kuzbel.
HOYAS BIG FIFTH: Still tied at one, Georgetown scored three times in the fifth to jump out to a 4-1 lead. Eric Webber stole home on a throw to second base attempting to catch another baserunner, and Beau Hall and Chase Bushor both had RBI singles to give the Hoyas their first lead.
QUAKERS BOUNCE BACK: In the bottom of the inning, Penn scored twice to make it a one-run game thanks to a Ryan Mincher double to deep left field. Mincher hammered a ball off the bottom of the wall and allowed Tesch to score from second and Tim Graul all the way from first.
BLAST OFF FOR GRESKOFF: In the sixth, the Quakers retook the lead with their first home run of the season from Matt Greskoff. With two outs and Tesch on base again, Greskoff launched an inside pitch over the right field wall and off a light post to make it 5-4.
FIT TO BE TIED: In the seventh, a single from Hall led to a misplay in left field allowing him to hustle around the third. He would then score on a wild pitch to tie the game at five.
MINCHER MASHES: It took eight games for Penn to hit its first home run of 2016, but it only took two at bats for the Quakers to hit their second. This long ball came courtesy of Mincher who hit a majestic fly ball over the left field advertisements at Tradition Field to give Penn the lead back, 6-5.
LATE INNING LEAP FROG: Georgetown scored three times in the eighth and three more in the ninth to run away with an 11-6 win. The big blow came from Joseph Bialkowski in the eighth when he hit a two-run home run to give the Hoyas the lead for good.
QUAKER NOTES: Gary Tesch was on base four times on Sunday, including three singles... Tesch also stole a base and scored three times... In back-to-back at bats, Ryan Mincher drove a double to left field off the bottom of the wall for two RBIs and then hit his first home run of the season... Penn's leading hitter, Matt Tola had two more hits, including a double in the fourth... After two balk calls, an obstruction call, and a batter stepping out of the box and making contact call in the series, Head Coach John Yurkow was ejected in the fifth.
UP NEXT: Penn will play its first game in the Philadelphia-area when they travel to Big Five rival, Villanova on Wednesday at 3:15 p.m.