Penn Baseball Drops a Pair to Harvard

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Philadelphia -
Penn dropped its only two meetings with Harvard this season, falling, 6-4 and 11-5, to the Crimson on Tuesday at Murphy Field. Sean Abate continued his torrid pace with his third home run of the season, going 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored during the doubleheader.

After falling behind 4-0 in game one, the Red and Blue (8-13, 5-3 Ivy) scored three in the fourth inning to pull within a run. Abate laced his second double of the game to left-center field to drive home Alex Blagojevich and Nate Moffie. Blagojevich reached on a comebacker to the mound and Moffie drew a walk. Abate later scored from third when Kyle Armeny grounded into a 4-3 double play. Harvard (11-6, 4-0 Ivy) plated two more runs in the sixth to take a 6-3 lead but Abate was not done. The junior smacked his third home run of the season to make the score, 6-4. Abate was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate in the opener, which presented 60 percent of Penn's hits in the first game.

Bryan Graves put the Quakers in front in the third inning of game two. With the bases loaded with Quakers, the senior roped a triple to left-center field to score Blagojevich, who reached on a fielder's choice, Moffie, who recorded a single and Abate, who earned a base on balls. Graves finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate and Moffie led with a pair of base knocks and a double in the seventh inning to go along with three runs scored. It would not be enough as Harvard scored two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and five insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings. The Red and Blue did record 10 hits in the night cap but stranded 12 on the base paths.

Penn starters Josh Appell (1-3) and Brian Cirri (2-3) fanned four and five Crimson batters respectively, while Harvard winning pitchers Matt Brunnig (1-0) and Brad Unger (1-1) each earned their first victories of the season.

Penn will take a respite from League play when La Salle comes to Murphy Field on April 6. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The game can be heard live on and can be seen on the QUEST Network (ResNet Channel 15) once the game has reached its conclusion.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications