Penn vs. Georgetown Blog
WINTER PARK, Fla. - Penn played well early and late, but struggles in the middle inning proved to be too much, as the Quakers lost to Georgetown 13-11 at Alfond Stadium.
The Red and Blue used some solid hitting to take an early lead, but it wouldn't hold as Penn drops to 1-3 with the loss and 0-3 in the Rollins College Baseball Week.
Sophomore James Mraz had a team-high four hits in five at bats, while classmate Derek Vigoa and freshman Spencer Branigan each added three hits. Vigoa also had a team-high three RBI.
The game began ominously for the Quakers, as Rand Ravnaas hit the first pitch he saw from starter Paul Cusick to the wall for a double. He eventually came around to score before Penn could get out of the inning. A triple and a homerun to open the top of the second make it a 3-0 game.
Cusick got out of the inning without any more damage done, and his teammates came to his support in the bottom of the inning. The first three runners all reached, and Mraz came around to score on a single by Vigoa. Grandieri followed with an RBI groundout scoring Emilio Pastor and moving Vigoa to third. The shortstop then crossed home on a wild pitch to tie the game at three apiece
Neither team scored in the third, but the Hoyas came back to take the lead with a run in the top of the fourth. In the bottom of the frame, Penn tacked on three more runs. Mraz and Pastor singled to leadoff and Vigoa's RBI single scored Mraz to tie the game at 4-4. Grandieri once again drove home Pastor and Williams followed with a sacrifice fly to score Vigoa for the 6-4 advantage.
Erick Fernandez trimmed the lead in half with a home run to open the fifth and Georgetown didn't look back, scoring seven times and bringing 11 men to the plate when it was all said and done. It left the Quakers on the wrong side of an 11-6 score. Penn cut into the Hoya lead with three in the bottom of fifth, but two more by Georgetown in the seventh made it 13-9.
The Hoyas shut out the Red and Blue in the bottom of the inning and Robbie Seymour shut the door in the top of the eighth for Penn. In the bottom of the eighth, four consecutive hits by the Quakers cut the lead to 13-11 with one out, however a double play entered the scoring threat.
In the ninth, Reid Terry pitched his second scoreless inning of the season, leaving a chance for the Red and Blue. Penn had a runner on first with no outs in the last of the ninth, but a fielder's choice and groundout to second ended the comeback bid.
The Quakers return to action tomorrow when they take on Rollins at 12 p.m.