Winter Park, Fla. - The Quakers found themselves down 5-0 just two innings into the game, but fought back to get back within one, at 5-4, before falling just short on Sunday at Alfond Stadium.
Freshman Rick Brebner led the hitting contingent with a pair of singles while sophomore Ryan Deitrich went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs. Freshman Brandon Engelhardt had one hit and two RBI for Penn.
Trailing 5-0 midway through the second, head coach John Cole called on freshman Matt Gotschall to get the Red and Blue out of a jam. The southpaw obliged and proceeded to shut down the Hoya offense for the remainder of the game, giving up three hits and striking out three over his 7.1 innings of work.
The Penn offense, on the other hand, struggled to find success early, going down in order in the first two innings. The Red and Blue broke through in the third on a one-out double down the left-field line by Derek Vigoa. Vigoa scored Deitrich from first and advanced to third on a fielding error by the left-fielder. Engelhardt flied out to center for the sacrifice, scoring Vigoa from third, making it 5-2.
Neither team scored again until the seventh, when Penn cut into the Hoya lead once again. Brebner led off with a single to right and Deitrich followed with a double down the left-field line. With runners on second and third and two down, Engelhardt came through once again. The freshman hit a grounder to third and beat out the throw to first, scoring Brebner. Deitrich advanced to third on the play and came home on a single by Zebrack, cutting the Georgetown lead to one, 5-4. A fly out by Dan Williams ended the scoring.
The Quakers managed one hit in the bottom of the eighth but went down in order in the ninth to lose the tight 5-4 contest. The loss drops Penn to 3-6 overall.
Freshman Cody Thomson got the start for the Red and Blue and last just 1.2 innings before being taken out for Gotschall. Gotschall has now pitched 12.1 straight scoreless innings for the Quakers.
Penn returns to the diamond on Wednesday when the team travels to Temple for a 3 p.m. game.