Baseball Trips up Tigers in Doubleheader

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania baseball team got two wins closer to clinching its first Gehrig Division title in 10 years by sweeping archrival Princeton in a doubleheader Saturday at Meiklejohn Stadium. Penn won the first game, 11-1 and took the nightcap, 6-4.

Penn (19-14, 11-5 Ivy) received quality starts from both Todd Roth and Jim Birmingham, while the offense turned out 24 hits in two games. The Quakers improved their win streak to six games and have now won four-straight Ivy League contests.

In Game 1, Penn got on the board in the first as Kyle Armeny blasted a three-run homer to right center. For Armeny it was his third-consecutive game with a home run. The Quakers added one in the third on a RBI single by Matt Toffaletti that scored Joey Boaen. In the fourth, Josh Corn and Jeff Cellucci both singled with one out. With runners on the corners, Steve Gable laid down a perfect squeeze bunt between first and second that scored Corn.

Princeton (10-21, 6-8 Ivy) scored in the third thanks to a lead-off triple by Aaron Prince. Sal Iacono brought home Prince on a sacrifice fly. That was the only run that Roth (6-1) allowed. He allowed nine base runners all game and just two reached third base. Roth scattered seven hits, while not walking a single batter for the second-straight start en route to his sixth consecutive complete game.

The Quakers broke the game wide open in the sixth, scoring six times and sending 10 batters to the plate. The first three batters of the inning reached to load the bases for Cellucci. With a drawn-in infield he grounded a base-hit up the middle that scored Alex Nwaka and Gable. Cellucci’s single ended the day for the Tigers starter Steven Miller (2-5). Stephen Richter came in relief and promptly walked Boaen to load the bases for William Gordon. With one swing of the bat, Gordon put the Red and Blue up 11-1 with his first career grand slam and third homer of the season.

Gordon, Armeny, Cellucci and Corn all collected two hits a piece. Gordon and Armeny combined to drive in seven runs.

In the nightcap, the Quakers jumped on the board in the first thanks to the long ball again. After Jarron Smith drew a lead off walk, Boaen crushed the first pitch he saw from Christian Staehely (0-6) well over the right field fence.

The Tigers scored their first run in the fifth thanks to back-to-back doubles by Jack Murphy and Micah Kaplan. Birmingham (4-1) allowed just eight base runners through the first eight innings. His 8 2/3 innings pitched washis second-longest outing of the season.

Nwaka led off the sixth with a home run to right center. Corn followed with a base-hit to left and came around to score on a single by Boaen, which was his third RBI of the game. Armeny slapped a lead off double down the left field line in the seventh. Nwaka singled to put runners on the corners. Nwaka swiped second and on the errant throw by Murphy moved to third, while Armeny scored. Cellucci gave Penn its sixth run with a double to the gap in right center.

Those runs proved to be important as Princeton mounted a minor comeback in the ninth. With two on and two out, David Hale homered to right center to bring the Tigers within two. The homer ended Birmingham’s day as John Cole called on Andy Console to get the last out. Console struck out pinch-hitter Adrian Turnham to nail down his third save of the season.

Penn and Princeton will meet again Sunday at Meiklejohn Stadium with the doubleheader starting at noon. Seniors Joey Boaen, Doug Brown, Josh Corn and Joe Thornton, along with managers Andrea John and Matt Koizim will be honored between games.