WINTER PARK, Fla. – Penn’s three-game winning streak came to a halt on Monday with two losses to Maine at Rollins College. The Black Bears defeated the Quakers, 5-2, in game one and 9-5 in game two.
Penn was unable to hold 2-0 leads in either game as team defense and walks led to Maine rallies. In game one, Penn omitted three errors while in game two the Quakers had four errors and seven walks.
Penn took a 2-0 lead in the third inning of game one when Tom Grandieri drove in Dan Williams and James Mraz with a two-out double.
Maine tied the game with two runs in the fourth inning. Ian Leisenheimer tripled to center – his first of two three-baggers on the day – to drive in the first run. He then scored on a RBI-groundout from Mykie Lugbauer.
Things unraveled in the eighth inning when Leienhemier drove his second triple of the game past a diving Adrian Lorenzo in center. The triple scored two runs, and Leisenheimer himself scored on the play when the relay throw from Lorenzo sailed wide.
Game two started out in a similar fashion as the first for the Red and Blue as a two-run double from Jeremy Maas gave Penn an early lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Maine scored four in the second inning, putting together two doubles and two singles while taking advantage of a Derek Vigoa error.
With the Maine lead at 5-2 in the fourth inning, Penn climbed back to within one run when Maas and Lorenzo went back-to-back off starter Kevin Scanlon.
Unfortunately for Penn, the runs were immediately given back in the top of the fifth inning when Kevin MAvoy sent a two-run homer over the fence. The Black Bears added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings for a 9-4 lead. Penn scored a run in the ninth, but could not mount the comeback.
Penn is back in action on Tuesday, against Georgetown.