Baseball Swept by Princeton, 3-2 & 4-2

Princeton 3 - Penn 2

Princeton 4 - Penn 2

PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers' pitching kept them in both games but the offense managed just four runs on the day as they lost 3-2 in the first game and then 4-2 in ten innings in the nightcap on Sunday at Meiklejohn Stadium.

Penn scored twice in the first inning but couldn't get another run across as they lost 3-2 in the first game of Penn's doubleheader with Princeton on Sunday afternoon at Meiklejohn Stadium. Starter Vince Voiro went the distance, allowing eight hits and three earned runs with seven strikeouts, but was charged with the loss. Senior Jeremy Maas went 2-for-3 in the loss, driving in both of Penn's runs.

In the second game runs were scarce as both starters pitched well. The Red and Blue broke through in the fifth but Princeton eventually tied it. The Quakers went up again 2-1 unfortunately a ninth inning run by the Tigers tied it as two as the game went to extra innings. Princeton scored twice in the top of the tenth to earn the team's second win of the day.

Junior Derek Vigoa finished the day 4-for-7 as Penn falls to 16-15 with the losses and 7-5 in league play. With their two wins, the Tigers improve to 15-16 and 9-3 in the Ivies.

Penn grabbed the lead in the bottom of the first inning as Zebrack led off with a double down the right field line. Catcher Will Davis was hit by a pitch with one down and two batters later Maas belted a line-drive double off the fence in center. Both runners scored on the play, giving the Red and Blue the 2-0 lead.

No one scored again until the top of the third, when the Tigers led off with consecutive singles. After a Voiro punch-out, both runners advanced a base on a passed ball. John Mishu followed with a double to center, scoring both runners. Sam Mulroy hit a two-out single to move the runner to third, but Voiro got his second strikeout of the inning to end the threat.

The Quakers threatened in the sixth, as Spencer Branigan was hit to lead off and then Maas followed with a single. Freshman Brandon Engelhardt came into run and was tagged out as Mike Mariano reached on a fielder's choice. Vigoa hit a single and Maas was held up at third but Mariano rounded second too far and got himself caught in a pickle. Before he got tagged, Maas made a sprint for home but got caught in a pickle and was eventually tagged out. Mariano reached third and Vigoa moved to second on the play. A groundout ended the scoring threat.

In the top of the seventh, Alec Keller led off with a double to the gap in right center. Voiro kept with from scoring with consecutive outs, but with two down Mike Ford doubled home Keller for the eventual game winner.

The second of the afternoon was a scoreless affair through the first four innings. Finally in the fifth the Quakers gave starter John Beasley some support. Mariano and freshman Rick Brebner walked to lead off the inning. A bunt single by Vigoa then loaded the bases for senior Adrian Lorenzo. Lorenzo smacked a fly ball into the left, scoring Mariano from third for the 1-0 lead.

The Tigers responded in the top of the sixth as Ryan Albert hit a solo shot to right-center to tie the score up at 1-1. Penn was held off the scoreboard in the sixth but in the seventh Branigan led off with a single to right field. Engelhardt came into pinch hit and bunted Branigan over to second. Two batters later, Vigoa smacked a single into center, scoring Branigan from second. Lorenzo followed with a single to right, moving Vigoa to third, however, a strikeout by Zebrack ended the threat.

Trailing 2-1, Princeton put the first two runners of the eighth on via hit-by-pitch and it came back to haunt the Quakers as a Mulroy lined an RBI single up the middle to draw the two teams even once again.

Penn put runners on first and third with two outs in the eighth but couldn't convert as Engelhardt grounded to the shortstop who tagged second for the final out. Cody Thomson pitched a scoreless ninth and Vigoa singled with one out in the bottom of the frame. Lorenzo bunted him to second before a groundout ended the inning.

Thomson rand into trouble in the tenth as John Mishu reached on a bunt single to lead off the inning. He advanced to second on passed ball and after a walk, Albert hit a two-run double to left-center and giving Princeton a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the tenth, Davis singled with one out. Maas followed and nearly beat out a hit to the shortstop. Down to the out, Branigan came to bat and with two strikes drove a ball into left that was caught at the wall for the final out.

The Quakers return to action on Wednesday when they take on Lehigh in a doubleheader beginning at noon.