PHILADELPHIA - After continuous rainfall pushed the Ivy League schedule back from Saturday and Sunday to Monday and Tuesday, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team continued its hot start in league play, defeating Brown twice by the score of 3-2 on Tuesday afternoon.
After sweeping Yale in two games on Monday, the Quakers (10-10, 4-0 Ivy) continued on a roll, not only in Ivy play, but at home in Meiklejohn Stadium. Penn has started the season 6-0 on its home field, while being just 4-10 on the road.
In the first of two games against Brown (4-10, 0-4 Ivy), the Quakers won on the strength of Connor Cuff and Mike Reitcheck on the mound, and Jeff McGarry at the plate.
Cuff (2-1) went 6 1/3 innings allowing two runs, before Reitcheck came in shutting down the Bears (4-9, 0-3 Ivy) with two strikeouts to finish the game, earning the save.
For Penn at the plate, McGarry led the way going 3-for-3, scoring twice, while driving in one.
Penn scored inonly two innings, once in the first andtwice in thefifth, but it was enough for the Red and Blue to be victorious.
McGarry hit a solo home run in the first, to make it 1-0, while back-to-back doubles by McGarry and Matt McKinnon, followed by an RBI single by Mike Vilardo, produced the two runs in the fifth.
In game two, Penn starting pitcher freshman left-hander Jack Hartman pitched six innings, allowing one running, while striking out a season-high five batters.
Senior right-hander Cody Thomson pitched two innings of scoreless relief before Mike Reitcheck worked his way through a precarious ninth inning to pick up his second save on the day, and third overall.
Penn totaled just three hits in game two, getting two from senior outfielder Brandon Engelhardt, who also scored and drove in a run. Rick Brebner collected another RBI, giving him eight in the past two days.
The Quakers manufactured, what would turn out to be an all-important insurance run in the eighth inning, after a Ryan Mincher walk, Mitch Montaldo hit-by-pitch, and Engelhardt single, to score Mincher.
Reitcheck came on in the ninth and gave up one run, making the score 3-2, but managed to escape to any more trouble, ending the game with a punchout, on a called third strike.
Up next for Penn is the opening game of the Liberty Bell Classic versus Lafayette. The game, originally scheduled for March 25, will now be played tomorrow, April, 2 at 3:30 p.m. at Meiklejohn Stadium.
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