WINTER PARK, Fla. - The Penn Quakers look to end their two game losing streak as they match up with Georgetown at 11 a.m. this morning at Alfond Stadium.
Welcome to a slightly overcast day down here in Florda...I would complain more but I'm in Florida and not stuck in Philly this week where I'm sure it is a little colder.
Penn looks to find the momentum which brought them a season opening win over Hoyas. Starting today on the mound is Paul Cusick, who led the team with four victories last year. Cusick is making his second appearance of the season, pitching one inning in relief against Georgetown on Saturday. On the mound for the Hoyas is Will Harris, who is 0-1 with 8.2 innings of work in three appearances this season. Penn will be the visitors today and live stats are available once again by clicking below.
Grandieri - RF
Williams - 3B
Gordon - 2B
Branigan - 1B
Davis - C
Maas - LF
Mraz - DH
Pastor - CF
Vigoa - SS
Ravnaas - LF
Godefroi - DH
Fernandex - C
Lamont - 3B
Capeless - 1B
Elliott - SS
Leeson - RF
Malt - 2B
Lentz - CF
Harris - P (RHP)
10:45 Penn back in their red uniforms, in which they are 1-0. Also, Rollins is shaded Pink today in honor of Baseball for a Cure. All of today's proceeds will be donated for cancer research. The grounds crew did a great job, drawing pink ribbons on the field and painting the bases pink. Once again any comments or questions feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Top First: Quick change, Penn will actually be the home team today, Cusick taking the mound. First pitch hit into left for a stand-up double. Grounder to Williams which he flips over to first as the runner advances to third. Georgetown 1-0 Slap off the inside of the bat slips into right for a run scoring single. Cusick send Lamont down swinging. He's throwing strikes and has kept the hitters off balance, besides the first pitch of the game. Davis throws out the runner trying to steal second, inning over.
Bottom First: Grandieri starts things off strong with a hit up the middle. On a hit and run, Wiliams does his job and moves Grandieri to second on a grounder to short. Gordon reaches on an infield single to the second baseman, though Grandieri is unable to advance. Branigan strikes out swinging. Davis hits a hard line drive which finds the mit of the first baseman for the final out.
Top Second: Maas crashes into the left field fence while trying to make a play on ball at the wall. The ball barely misses his glove, and Maas gets up and fires it into the infield but not before Capeless takes third on the play. Georgetown 3-0 Cusick tries to come inside and leaves it over the plate as Elliot drives it over the left field wall. Conference on the mound before Cusick goes back to work. The junior issues a walk. Hit and run works for the Hoyas as Branigan takes the grounder to first himself. Runner moves to third on the wild pitch, but Cusick gets the batter swinging for the second out. No. 1 hittier Ravnaas walks. Sinking liner to left caught by Maas for the final out.
Bottom Second: Maas hits a hard grounder which goes through the left side for a single. A single to right by Mraz moves Maas over to third. A little hit in front of the mound is scooped up by the pitcher, who flips to the catcher for the tag on Maas coming home. Georgetown 3-1 Vigoa singles home Mraz, and takes second on the throw home. Still only one down with Grandieri up. Georgetown 3-2 Third baseman makes a diving stop to his right of a Grandieri grounder and throws him out from his knees. Pastor scores from third. Tied 3-3 Vigoa scores from third on wild pitch. Penn looking much more agressive today. Williams earns the walk off a full count. Williams thrown out trying to steal second.
Top Third: Grandieri covers some ground near the right field line to catch the first out. Vigoa takes care of a grounder for the second out. Hard hit ball goes off Branigan and the runner reaches. Single to right puts runners on first and second. Cusick gets the strikeout on the full count, out number three.
Bottom Third: Gordon strikes out on a low breaking pitch. Branigan with a double off the wall in center to put himself in scoring position. Davis goes down swinging. Branigan takes third on a passed ball. Maas grounds out to third to end the inning.
Top Fourth: Georgetown 4-3 Malt goes deep down the right field line, next to the 330 sign. Fly out to Pastor in center for the first out. Vigoa fields the grounder in front of second, steps on the base and fires to first for the double play.
Bottom Fourth: Mraz reaches on an infleld single, he's 2-2 on the day. Pastor tries to lay down a bunt but it goes foul. With the third baseman in, Pastor puts it through the left side for a single. Tied 4-4 Another chopper on the left side goes through, scoring Mraz. Pastor moves to third on the errant throw. Penn 5-4 Grandieri hits one to the second baseman, scoring Pastor, just one down. Penn 6-4 Sac fly by Williams to center scores Vigoa. Gordon grounds out to second to end the inning. Quakers have seven players with at least one hit and nine overall.
Top Fifth: Penn 6-5 Fernandez with a solo shot to right. Lamont reaches on a single through the left side. A walk by Cusick puts runners on first and second. Fly out to Pastor, but the runners don't advance. Tied 6-6 Single to right bobbled by Grandieri, allowing the runner to score. Cusick sees his day come to an end at 100 pitches, as Mike Zuppe enters for him. Georgetown 7-6 Passed ball by Davis allows the runner from third to score. Georgetown 8-6 RBI double to right give the Hoyas a two run lead. A single and a walk loads up the bases. Zuppe replaced by Robbie Seymour, who looks to stop the bleeding. Georgetown 10-6 Two run single bounces way over the head of Branigan at first. Seymour gets Fernandez swinging for the second out. Georgetown 11-6 Wild pitch scores the runner from third. 5-3 for the final out of the inning.
Bottom Fifth: Branigan knocks a double to the centerfield wall to leadoff the inning. Georgetown 11-8 Davis hits a two-run bomb over the right field wall. Maas pops up to the second baseman behind first. Mraz singles up the middle - he's 3-3 today. Mraz advances to second on a wild pitch and moves to third on a groundout to second by Pastor. Georgetown 11-9 Vigoa singles to center, scoring Mraz for his third RBI of the game. The 7-8-9 hitters have seven of Penn's 13 hits on the day. We'll see if the top of the order can match them from here on out. Grandieri flys out to center to end the inning.
Top Sixth: Seymour opens the inning with a walk. Vigoa fields the ground ball and takes it to second himself before throwing on to first for the double play. Seymour gets the stikeout to go to the bottom of the frame.
Bottom Sixth: New pitcher for the Hoyas, in Neal Dennison, a freshman from Houston, Texas. Flyout by Wiliams and a strikeout by Gordon for the first two outs. Branigan earns a five-pitch walk. Davis pops it up to the third baseman to end the inning.
Top Seventh: Single up the middle, barely past the out stretched glove of Vigoa. He covers a lot of ground on those grounders. Sac bunt moves the runner to second, but Branigan tags the runner going to first. Georgetown 12-9 Triple by Ravnaas to right scores one. Walk by Seymour. Cole out to the mound for a little conference with runners on the corners with one out. Georgetown 13-9 Sac fly on a nice catch by Grandieri scores Ranvaas. Davis catches pop in foul territory for third out.
Bottom Seventh: Side Note, Spencer Branigan was named to the Ivy League baseball honor roll in their weekly report for his play in games on Saturday and Sunday. Branigan is currently hitting .470 this year. Maas strikes out to open the inning. Mraz singles to second - he has scored every time he has reached thus far. Hoyas only get one on an attempted 5-4-3 double play, with Pastor safe at first. Third baseman makes a barehanded grab of a bouncing ball and throws out Vigoa at first. Seymour back to the mound for the eighth.
Top Eighth: Short delay as trainer Adam Rosen tightens up Vigoa's splint on his left index finger. He has three hits and has played good defense today. A walk by Seymour opens the frame and an infield single to third puts two on. Double steal moves the runners over to second and third. A swinging strikout for out number one. With the infield in, Williams grabs the grounder and fires home where Davis applies the tag for the second out. Fly out to Maas for the final out of the inning.
Bottom Eighth: Grandieri grounds out to the second baseman. Williams doubles to the right center gap. Georgetown 13-10 Gordon double down the right field line to score Williams from second. Georgetown 13-11 Single to center scores Gordon from second. First pitch swinging, Davis hits one through the right side and Branigan booked it over to third. Maas grounds into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play, killing the Quakers momentum.
Top Ninth: Robbie Seymour done after 3.2 innings of work. Kyle Olson in for his third appearence of the season. Olson walks the first batter on four pitches. The Hoyas no. 2 hitter Godefroi now up. Godefroi gets a bunt down, but Olson's throw is wide. The lefty gets the hook and Reid Terry is in to finish this game off. Nice defensive play, as Williams starts the 5-4-3 double play, leaving just a runner on third with two down. Terry shuts the door, with a strikeout looking to end the inning.
Bottom Ninth: Mraz to lead off the inning, followed by Pastor and Vigoa. They may be the 7-8-9 hitters, but have combined for eight hits today. Mraz goes down looking on three pitches. Pastor draws the walk. Chopping grounder to the shortstop gets Pastor trying to go to second. Two down, Grandieri up. Grandieri grounds out to end the game for Penn.
The Quakers fall 13-11, though played well over the final innings. Check PennAthletics.com for a full recap.