Baseball's Bats Leave Cornell Seeing Red

Game One BoxScore

Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - Needing wins to keep pace with a torrid Columbia squad, Penn swept Cornell in emphatic fashion by scored of 17-2 and 12-2.

In addition to the combined 29-4 advantage in the scoreboard, Penn outhit the Big Red, 28-8, and took advantage of seven Cornell errors - including an especially unique one in the fourth inning of game two.

With the Quakers ahead 5-0 and the bases loaded with one out, Tom Grandieri bounded a single to right. Two runs scored on the base hit, but Grandieri was gunned down at second by the third baseman after the relay was too late to get Dan Williams at third. Cornell second baseman Matt Langseth rolled the ball to the pitcher's mound and he and some of his teammates headed to the dugout believing the inning was over. Grandieri was only the second out of the inning, however, and Williams alertly raced home, sliding in before Cornell could recover from the mental and physical error.

While that play took care of the "Things Most in Attendance Had Never Seen" portion of the day, the other 72 at-bats by the Quakers were much more routine in nature.

The Red and Blue entered the double header hitting .313 as a team and went on to hit .384 for the day. Of the nine offensive starters, eight had at least one hit - and the one who went hitless, still reached base three times and scored two runs.

On the mound, the two starters - Vince Voiro and Todd Roth - each went the distance, holding Cornell to a .145 average. Voiro went 4+ innings without allowing a hit, finally surrendering a hit in the fifth inning while holding a 9-0 lead. In the second game, Roth went four innings before a Big Red player managed a hit. They finished with a combined ERA of 2.25 for the two games compared to Cornell's team ERA of 14.14.

The two wins, while similar in dominance, were vastly different in composition. In the opener, Penn only had extra bases on two of 18 hits. The Quakers had two innings where they scored eight runs and did so with only one double on 14 hits. In the eight-run third inning, six of the first seven batters reached base - all on singles. While the Quakers would not be accused of assaulting any baseballs in that half inning, the execution of a hit-and-run coupled with the ability to work with whatever pitch Cornell starter Corey Pappel rendered that frame textbook "small ball" that good teams need to be successful. The second eight-spot came about as Penn capitalized on Cornell wildness on the mound and in the field. Two walks, two errors and a hit batter came back to haunt the Big Red, mainly thanks to a double from Mariano and a two-run single from Williams.

Voiro made it all stand up, allowing just two runs in seven innings on three hits.

In the second game, Penn flexed its muscle at the plate in a way unlike it did in the opener. After Todd Roth continued the Red and Blue's momentum on the mound with a 1-2-3 top of the first, Jeremy Maas and Williams went back-to-back on consecutive pitches to start the bottom of the first. Maas, not content with one homer, went yard again in his next plate appearance in the third inning. In the seventh, Will Davis hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season, a deep fly to right-center to give the Quakers a 10-1 lead. In all, five of Penn's 10 hits in game two went for extra bases, and accounted for seven of Penn's 12 runs.

Roth tossed nine innings of five-hit ball, striking out six while walking just two for his second win of the year.

As expected with two scores like the ones produced on Saturday, many Quakers had stellar days at the plate. Williams headlines that crew, with a 6-for-7 day with five RBI and four runs scored. Maas was 5-for-9 with five runs scored. Emilio Pastor, hitting in the nine-hole, had four RBI and four runs scored. Grandieri also had five RBI while Davis finished the twin-bill with four runs scored.

The Quakers are now 16-14 overall and 6-4 in the Ivy League, two games behind Columbia.

Penn hosts Cornell again on Sunday for two more games starting at noon.