Penn Baseball Drops a Pair at Cornell, 13-1 and 5-1

Box Score - Game 1

Box Score - Game 2

Ithaca, N.Y. – Penn baseball suffered a pair of losses at Cornell on Saturday, falling 13-1 and 5-1 to the Quakers’ Lou Gehrig Division foe. Brian Cirri hurled his first complete game of the season in his final start of the year, giving up just two earned runs and striking out five Big Red batters.

Penn (11-24, 7-11 Ivy) came into this weekend’s four-game series looking to turn things around after suffering four-straight losses. Cornell (13-16, 7-7 Ivy), battling Princeton for a division title, was not accommodating. The Big Red, scoring 13 runs on 12 hits in the opener.

Cornell posted two runs in the bottom of the first and another in the third, but busted the game wide open with nine runs on eight hits in the fourth. Four Big Red batters collected two hits in game one with Conor Kelly leading his team with three runs batted in, two of which came on a single in Cornell’s nine-run fourth.

Tad Bardenwerper (3-3) stifled Penn’s offense, tossing a complete game three-hitter to earn his third win of the season. Bryan Graves broke up Bardenwerper’s bid for a no-hitter with a single on a 3-2 pitch in the seventh inning. Sean Abate followed with a single to left field and Michael Gatti drove in Penn’s lone run with a double to left-center field to score Graves.

Brian Cirri (3-4) threw eight innings, striking out six Cornell would-be hitters on 116 pitches, for his first complete game of the season. The junior right-hander leads the team in innings pitched with 48.0 and is second with 32 punch-outs.

Kelly did it to the Red and Blue again in game two as the first baseman was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored in Cornell’s 5-1 victory. The Quakers managed seven hits against Dan Gala (3-2), who tossed a complete game, giving up one run in the top of the ninth inning.

Graves extended his team-leading and season-long hitting streak to nine games with a base knock through the left side in the seventh inning. Gatti recorded a hit in consecutive games with a base hit to center field in the ninth and scored when Graves grounded out to second base. Nate Moffie led the Quakers in the nightcap with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate.

Penn concludes the 2005 season with the second twin bill at Cornell in as many days on Sunday, beginning at noon.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications