WINTER PARK, Fla. - Good evening from what was a sunny day in Winter Park, Florida. The Quakers open up their season against Georgetown Hoyas at Alfond Stadium on the campus of Rollins College.
My name is Ben Stockwell and I am an Athletic Communications Assistant at Penn and will be providing a live blog for all of tonight's action vs. Georgetown. For those who also would like you can follow the game via live stats.
Tom Grandieri - RF
Dan Williams - 3B
William Gordon - 1B
Spencer Branigan - DH
Jeremy Maas - LF
Will Davis - C
Derek Vigoa - SS
Adrian Lorenzo - CF
Steve Gable - 2B
Vince Voiro - P
Tommy Lee - CF
Tom Elliot - SS
Erick Fernandez - C
Sean Lamont - 3B
Dan Capeless - 1B
Dan Godefrori - DH
William Cupelo - LF
Chip Malt - 2B
Rand Ravnaas - LF
Tommy Isaacs - P
6:40: Vince Voiro getting the start on the mound to open the season. The sophomore won two games last year in five starts, with 24 strikeouts in 38.1 innings of work. Overall he made 13 appearances in 2009. Pen is sporting their Red uniforms tonight and will be the visiting team.
Top First: Grandieri open's the Quaker's season by taking a walk on four pitches. Isaacs with some control issues early, throwing balls on six of his first seven pitches before hitting Dan Williams. On a ball, Williams takes off for second before realizing Grandieri is on the bag. He gets back as the catcher fires a throw over to first. On the throw Grandieri, smartly takes third. Two pitches later Williams moves over to second. Gordon strikes out looking and Branigan loads them up on a five pitch walk. Penn 1-0 Maas takes the four pitch walk to drive in Grandieri. Penn 2-0 Davis draws a walk. Vigoa strikes out swinging to make it two down with Lorenzo coming up. Penn 3-0 Another walk and Isaacs ends his night early. Interesting fact, through eight batters not a ball has been put into play, with five walks and a hit by pitch. Pablo Vinent in to pitch for the Hoyas. Gable grounds to the shortstop and he tosses it to the second baseman to end the inning.
Bottom First: Lee grounds out to Williams for the first out. Voiro induces a high pop-up right behind the mound which Vigoa takes care of for the second out. Voiro rebounds following a walk to get Lamont to fly out to Gable in shallow right behind first base.
Top Second: On a 3-2 pitch, Grandieri swings at a pitch in the dirt, however it gets away from the catcher just enough to make it interesting, though he is thrown out at first. Williams rips an 0-1 pitch down the left field line for a standing double and Penn's first hit of the game. Penn 4-0 "Bobo" Gordon hits a bouncing single over the pitcher's head and into center to score Williams from second. Branigan takes the third strike looking for the second out of the inning. Maas strikes out swinging, ending the inning.
Bottom Second: Dropped third striked but Davis cleans it up and fires it over to Gordon for the first out of the inning. Gable with some good defense as he has to go a few steps left before sliding to grab the ball and make the play to first. A single into left proves a little difficult for Maas and Cupelo moves to second on the play. Voiro induces a groudout to Gordon for the third out.
Top Third: Penn 5-0 Will Davis leaves no doubt as he cranks a pitch well over the wall in left field for his first home run of the season. A Vigoa groundout to the third baseman makes one out. Lorenzo takes the third stirike looking and Gable grounds to short, though the Quakers still put a run on the board.
Bottom Third: Georgetown is testing out Jeremy Maas in left, but he come through. First the junior made a catch on a fly in left near the line and then made his way to left center for the second out. Gable goes to his right picks the ball and gets it to first to end the inning.
Top Fourth: Grandieri hits a hard shot to center....but right to the centerfielder. Williams earns his second hit of the game with a single to right center. Penn 6-0 Gordon hits a ball on the ground right down the left field line, scoring Williams from first and earning a stand up double in the process. Branigan grounds to the first baseman. Maas walks on a 3-2 pitch to put runners on the corners for Davis. Davis grounds to the shortstop, inning over.
Bottom Fourth: Four-pitch walk followed by a single puts two on with no outs. Voiro up to 45 pitches on the evening. Penn 6-2 A single down the line bounces off Gordon's glove into foul territory as he made the dive for the ball. Gordon picks it up and fires it home in hopes of getting a runner but it was for naught as the errant throw went by Davis and the second runner came home. Three consecutive flyouts (two to Grandieri) got Voiro out of the jam.
Top Fifth: Vigoa makes it to first on a throwing error and smartly advances to second as the catcher grabs the ball. Lornezo's first hit of the evening moves Vigoa over to third. Penn 8-2 Gable grounds to the second baseman on a hit and run to score Vigoa, and a double to left by Grandieri on the first pitch he sees adds another run. Penn 9-2 Williams reaches for the fourth time tonight on an error, and Grandieri scores on the errant throw to first base. Penn 10-2 Gordon strikes out, but Spencer Branigan gets his first varsity hit with a double that dropped between the third baseman and left fielder.
Bottom Fifth: A double to lead off the inning, and single to the shortstop and failed rundown involving the runner on second leaves two on with no out. Voiro fires back, striking out Elliot for one down. Vigoa cleans up the inning, fielding a grounder and tossing it over to Gable who finishes off the double play to end with no damage done.
Top Sixth: New pitcher in for the Hoyas, Cary Pilligan. He has allowed just four hits in 3.2 innings of work with no earned runs. Davis strikes out looking to open the inning. First pitch swinging Vigoa pops to the second baseman. A soft liner to the shortstop ends the inning.
Bottom Sixth: Voiro with his third strikeout of the evening for the first out. The sophomore has only allowed four hits thus far. Penn 10-3 Make that five hits as Godefroi hits a shot out of the park following a fly to left. Another Voiro K ends the inning.
Top Seventh: Gable grounds out to the third baseman. An infield hit off almost the handle of the bat by Grandieri puts him on first. Williams hit for the second time tonight puts runners on first and second. Liner to the shortstop by Gordon, two down. A strikeout by Branigan ends the inning.
Bottom Seventh: A single by Malt (no. 8 hitter) to right. Strikeout by Voirio. A quick nonbaseball related note, the Penn men's swimming took fourth at the Ivy League Championships which ended tonight. The fourth place finish in the best for the team in 20 years. A single by Lee puts two on with one out. Voiro's pitch count is up to 96 on the evening. Vorio makes it six strikeouts on the evening. Vigoa closes out the inning with a diving stab on a ball going up the middle and gives the underhand toss to Gable for the third out.
Top Eighth: Two outs to open the inning, followed by a single up the middle by Vigoa. Lorenzo walks to put runners on first and second, however a lined shot by Gable to the pitcher ends the inning.
Bottom Eighth: Paul Cusick in for Voiro. Final line for Vince: 7IP, 7H, 3ER, 6K. Cusick walks the first batter he faces. Single to right center puts runners on first and third, no out. Penn 10-4 Sac fly to center scores one. Strikeout looking as the Georgetown fans are having trouble coming to grips with that call. Grounder to second ends the frame.
Top Ninth: Following a groundout Dan Williams knocks home his third hit of the night, a triple down the right field line. Gordon reaches on a walk to put runners on first and third. Penn 12-4 Branigan cleans up the bases with a triple to deep centerfield. Maas strikes out, two down. Penn 13-4 Wild pitch on ball four and Branigan scores. New pitcher for Hoyas, Bobby Kirby. Kirby gives up an infield single to Vigoa but strikes out Lorenzo to end the top half.
Bottom Ninth: Mike Zuppe in to pitch for the Quakers, hitting the first batter he faces. Fly out to centerfield, Lorenzo takes care of it for the first out. Dan William fires to second on a grounder for one, but the throw to first was high, putting two outs on the board. Walk makes puts runners on first and second. Gable takes care of a fly behind first for the final out of the game.
Penn takes the contest 13-4 over the Hoyas of Georgetown to move to 1-0 on the season. The Quakers banged out 13 hits enroute to victory. Thanks for following my blog and a full recap will appear on PennAthletics.com later this evening.