Baseball Takes Two at Princeton

Penn 10 - Princeton 7, Game One

Penn 5 - Princeton 4, Game Two

PRINCETON – The Quakers broke out of their week-long slump on Sunday with a pair of wins over Princeton in New Jersey. The Quakers took game one, 10-7, and were victorious in game two, 5-4.

The wins up Penn's Ivy record to 6-9 with one game still suspended due to darkness. Penn trails Columbia and Princeton for first place in the Gehrig Division. The Quakers play a four-game series with Columbia next weekend. Penn needs to win all four games over the Lions while the Tigers can win no more than two games against Cornell. If that scenario plays out, then the game against Yale that is currently tied, 9-9, in the 11th inning will need to be completed. It is pretty simple actually, win and you're in.

“It was good to see the team persevere today and pick up to huge wins,” head coach John Cole said after the games. “We obviously needed those wins. We played solid baseball and anytime you sweep a doubleheader on the road, that boosts confidence.”

Penn’s bats came alive in the first game, jumping out to a 9-1 lead after three innings. The Red and Blue scored eight in the top of the second for the lead they would not relinquish. The first seven batters of the inning reached base for the Quakers on five singles, a double and a walk. All seven of those baserunners scored. Kyle Armeny scored the final run of the inning on a single from Dan Williams. All the runs scored in the inning were charged to David Hale.

Paul Cusick pitched 5.1 innings for his first collegiate win. He cruised through the first five innings, allowing just one run on five hits before he found trouble in the sixth inning. Adrian Turnham walked to start the inning. He advanced to second on a wild pitch before a groundout advanced him to third. A second wild pitch from Cusick allowed him to score. Cusick then allowed a double to Spencer Lucian, who then scored on a Micah Kaplan single back up the middle. Jon Broscious then homered to center for two more runs. After Eric Zaziski reached on a throwing error by William Gordon, Cusick was lifted in favor of Andy Console. He allowed a sac fly to Matt Connor, but was able to strike out Dan DeGeorge looking to end the inning with Penn still in front, 10-6.

The Tigers did add one more run on a solo homer from Jack Murphy in the seventh, but Console was able to induce back-to-back flyouts to right field to end the game.

Game two saw the Quakers pounce on the Tigers for three runs in the top of the first inning before Princeton clawed back to tie the game in the seventh. A two-run home run by Dan Williams in the top of the eighth proved to be the final margin.

Mike Mariano drove in the first two runs of the game with a two-run ground-rule double in the first with the bases loaded. Tom Grandieri then drove in Armeny with a ground out.

The Tigers got one back in the bottom of the second, when Hale hit a solo shot over the centerfield fence. They tied the game in the seventh with a pair of two-out runs. Starter Robbie Seymour allowed a walk, a double and then a single for the two runs.

The eighth inning saw Dan Barnes come in from the bullpen and he was rudely greeted by Armeny, who doubled to left to start the inning. Williams followed with his third homer of the season to right field. Mariano doubled to center and reached third on a ground out, but was unable to score as Matt Toffaletti popped out and Will Davis fanned.

Princeton rallied again in the final inning, scoring a run on a single by Murphy that also put the tieing run on third with one out. Console, who had come in for Seymour in the seventh inning, got Lucian to line out to Gable and Hale to ground out to short for the win.

Console pitched four total innings on Sunday, allowing two runs on three hits. Williams finished the day with three RBIs and two runs scored on a 3-for-8 performance. Armeny was 4-for-7 with three runs scored in the doubleheader. Mariano had four RBIs on the day.

The Quakers are back in action on Wednesday when they host Lehigh for two games at Meiklejohn Stadium starting at 1 p.m.