PHILADELPHIA - Rounding out its Ivy League opening weekend on Monday, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team defeated Harvard in its final at bat in both games of a doubleheader, winning 2-1 in extra innings in game one and 4-3 in game two, at Meiklejohn Stadium.
Penn (7-9, 3-1 Ivy) totaled three walk-off winners in four Ivy League games this weekend, the two on Monday versus Harvard (10-12, 0-4 Ivy) and a 4-3 victory on Sunday versus Dartmouth.
On Monday in game one, it was junior outfielder Connor Betbeze providing the key hit for the Quakers in extra innings, roping a base hit to right field scoring junior Ryan Mincher from third base and giving the Red and Blue the 2-1 victory.
In game two Monday, it would be junior outfielder Gary Tesch with a base hit to the outfield and an opposing outfielder mishandling the ball – just as it was Sunday – allowing the winning run to score.
The Quakers received two great starting performance on the mound against the Crimson, from senior left-hander Ronnie Glenn and sophomore right-hander Jake Cousins.
Glenn (1-2) picked up a complete game, extra-inning victory, throwing 9.0 innings and allowing just one run. His only blemish came in the top of the first inning, throwing eight shutout innings to follow. Glenn totaled five strikeouts in the outing.
Cousins gave Penn a quality start in game two, but exited the game after the seventh inning with a high pitch count. The right-hander struck out six Harvard batters, allowing six hits and walking four,leaving the game with a 3-2 lead.
In relief of Cousins, sophomore right-handed pitcher Mitchell Hammonds(1-2) set the Crimson down in order in the eighth inning, before finding trouble in the ninth. After picking up two quick outs, a single and an error put Harvard runners on second and third. The Crimson’s Ethan Ferreira then singled into center field, tying the game 3-3, and sending Penn to bat.
Offensively on the day, Connor Betbeze led the Quakers with five hits in eight at bats, scoring a run and collecting a RBI. Junior outfielder Jonah Campbell also had two RBI in game two for Penn, and senior Austin Bossart had an RBI in game one.
Penn will face Saint Peter’s in a non-conference midweek matchup on Wednesday before traveling to face Yale and Brown in Ivy League action this weekend. First pitch Wednesday is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Meiklejohn Stadium.