PRINCETON A pitchers’ dual in game one of the doubleheader against Princeton did not fall Penn’s way, nor did game two as the Quakers were swept by the Tigers in the first two games of a four-game set in New Jersey on Saturday.
Todd Roth started game one for Penn, looking to shut down the Tiger offense and get the Red and Blue off to a good start on their way to inching back into the Gehrig Division race. Roth did his part, limiting the Tigers to one run on an Adrian Turnham solo home run in the fourth inning. Unfortunately for the Quakers, Turnham’s run held up as they were unable to plate a run of their own, losing, 1-0 in game one.
Roth finished with six innings pitched, allowing the one run on four hits. He allowed zero walks and struck out three Tigers.
Brad Gemberling matched him the entire way, throwing a complete-game shutout, allowing only three hits while striking out five.
Penn had a chance to tie or take the lead in the sixth inning, with two runners in scoring position with two out. Kyle Armeny lined out to left field to retire the side with no damage. That was as close as the Quakers got as they went 1-2-3 in the seventh to end the game.
Game two saw the Tigers jump out to a 1-0 lead after one inning. Dan DeGeorge reached on an infield single to the left side. He then advanced to third when Sam Gilbert’s pick-off attempt sailed wide. Turnham drove home De George with a sacrifice fly for the early lead.
Turnham continued his hot day with a run scored in the third inning to up the lead to 2-0. He drew a walk with one out and advanced to third on a double by Jack Murphy. Spencer Lucian ground out to short, but was able to score Turnham.
The Red and Blue tied the game with two runs in the sixth inning. Steve Gable and Dan Williams led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Aggressive baserunning allowed both men to advance an extra base. With the two leadoff men in scoring position Armeny scored Gable with a sac fly to left center. After William Gordon struck out for the second out, Matt Toffaletti tied the game with a single to right. Penn had the bases loaded, but a ground out ended the rally with the game still tied.
The Tigers retook the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. After Gilbert retired the first batter of the inning with a line-out to left, three straight Tiger hitters reached to take the lead. Lucian doubled to left and was scored on a triple by Micah Kaplan. Jon Broscious singled him home to give the Tigers the two-run lead.
After the Quakers went down in order in the top half of the seventh, the Tigers added an insurance run when Kaplan drove in Turnham with a RBI single to right.
The Quakers had runners on in the eighth and ninth, but were unable to crawl back in the game.
The two teams meet again on Sunday for two more games in Princeton starting at noon.