Box Score (Game 1)
Box Score (Game 2)
PHILADELPHIA - Penn took a pair of games from Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, winning 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh to open the afternoon and then concluding the day with a 4-2 victory.
On a day filled with lots of late game heroics, starting pitching was the key for the Quakers as both sophomore Vince Voiro and senior Todd Roth kept the Mountaineers off balance for much of the day. Voiro got the start in the early game, going 6.0 innings, allowing one earned run and striking out three. He got himself in a few jams but pitched himself out of them. Roth, meanwhile, darted his curve and fastball around the zone, scattering five hits over 6.1 innings. He also allowed just one earned run and struck out three on an economical 75 pitch outing.
In the first game of the day, head coach John Cole pushed all the right buttons in the final inning, allowing junior Adrian Lorenzo to be hero for the Red and Blue. Down 1-0 in the last set of at bats, Mike Mariano opened the frame with a walk. Senior Steve Gable came in to pinch hit and was hit in the leg while trying to lay down a bunt on a 2-2 count. Cole then called on Lorenzo to pinch hit and try to get a bunt down to move the runners over.
Down 1-2, he laced a single through the right side, scoring Emilio Pastor, who had come in to run for Mariano, knotting the game at one. An intentional walk loaded the bases, and a fielder's choice thrown to home left the bases loaded with one out. Tom Grandieri then slapped a bounding ball to the first baseman who caught it and fired home in hopes of getting Lorenzo on the force. The ball sailed over the catcher's head as Lorenzo slid in safely, giving Penn the 2-1 victory.
The Quakers were shut out through the first six innings by Mount St. Mary's starter Vincent Molesky, who struck out six withou walking a batter over his 5.2 innings pitched.
On the Penn side, Voiro nearly matched him, holding the Mountaineers bats silent through the first five innings. A walk to open the sixth and a single two batters later put the Red and Blue in the 1-0 hole with one out. Catcher Will Davis threw out a runner stealing second and Voiro induced a groundout to end the inning. In the seventh Reid Terry shut the door on the Mount, using just four pitches to get three outs.
Terry earned the victory, his second of the season, while the Penn bats combined for five hits in the game.
In the second game of the day, the Quakers continued where they left off, scoring in the bottom of the first. Pastor earned a one-out with a walk and stole second to get in scoring position. Freshman Spencer Branigan drove in his classmate with a single through the right side, making it 1-0.
The score would remain 1-0 until the third, when an inning opening walk by Roth proved to be the difference. A two-out throwing error moved the runner to third, and he came home on the ensuing single by Tommy Flynn. Another single put runners on the corners, but Roth got himself out of the jam with a fly to center.
Penn added a run in the fourth as Branigan singled with one down, and a bunt for a base hit by William Gordon moved him to second. He came around to score on a hit to right field by Mraz. The Quakers made it 3-1 two innings later as Gordon drove in Grandieri on a single to center.
The Mountaineers made a comeback in the seventh, putting runners on second and third with one out to chase Roth. Terry entered for his second action of the day, allowing just a run scoring single before inducing the inning ending double play. Penn scored an insurance run in the bottom of the frame and Terry pitched a shutout eighth before handing the ball to Trey Jennings for the ninth.
Jennings made it interesting in the ninth, walking the first two batters. A chopping hit near second seemed destined to get through the middle and score one, but Gordon, playing second, fielded the ball going to his right and sprinted to second to get the force out. Jennings struck out two of the next three batters to get his first save of the year.
Gordon went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the second game of the day, while shortstop Derek Vigoa went 2-3 and scored a run. Terry finished the day with 2.2 innings pitched allowing two hits while striking out one. The senior still has yet to give up an earned run on the season.
Penn is now 5-5 on the year and returns to the diamond tomorrow, Sunday, when it faces off against Mount St. Mary's for another doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon and live stats are available for both games by clicking on the multimedia headline on the front page and finding the dropdown labeled 'live stats.'