Penn Baseball Falls to Southern Utah, 18-6

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Fresno, Calif. - Penn's bats came alive in its rematch with Southern Utah but the Thunderbirds put a crooked number up in all butone of their offensive innings to beat the Quakers, 18-6, in their last action in round-robin play of the 2005 Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic on Wednesday at Pete Beiden Field.

Nate Moffie answered a Southern Utah (9-7) run in the first by scoring Alex Blagojevich in Penn's (0-5) half of the opening frame. Moffie would later drive in two more runs on a first-pitch home run over the right-centerfield wall, scoring Kyle Armeny who had wrapped a single to lead off the inning. Moffie was 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI. Armeny continued to have a hot bat, going 2-for-5 at the plate.

Sean Abate also went deep for the Red and Blue, sending a shot over the right field wall in the bottom of the second inning. The home run was Abate's first of the season and third of his career. The first baseman, whofinished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI, drove in two more runs in the fifth with a two-out single to right field, scoring Stephen Belfiglio and Evan Sobel who had reached on a walk and a single, respectively. Sobel moved from lead-off hitter into the sixth batting position and it benefited the senior shortstop as Sobel went 3-for-4 at the plate.

Southern Utah's advantage, two runs after seven innings, was extended dramatically as the Thunderbirds scored fiverunsin both eighth and ninth innings.Jason Ruiz led the Thunderbirds at the plate with a 5-for-6 performance. Christian Hahl was 4-for-5 with three RBI. Michael Platt smacked two of Southern Utah three home runs during the game.

Penn is the fourth seed in the Red Division of the Classic and will face either Dallas Baptist, Gonzaga or Penn State in Thursday's action.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

Monday, March 7 (Home team listed second)
Penn 0, USF 7
Penn State 6,Monmouth 3
Dallas Baptist 5,Gonzaga 4
Southern Utah 3, Fresno State 5

Thursday, March10 (High seed is home team)
TBA - Blue #4 v.Red #1
TBA - Blue #3 v. Red #2
TBA - Red #4 v. Blue #1
TBA - Red #3 v. Blue #2

Tuesday, March8 (Home team listed second)
Monmouth 5,Dallas Baptist 8
USF 10,Southern Utah 3
Gonzaga 14, Penn State 6
Penn 1,Fresno State 6

Friday, March11 (High seed is home team)
TBA - Blue #2 v.Red #1
TBA -Red #2 v.Blue #1
TBA - Red #4 v. Blue #3
TBA -Blue #4 v.Red #3

Wednesday, March 9 (Home team listed second)
Dallas Baptist 4,Penn State 5
Southern Utah18, Penn 6
4 p.m. - Gonzaga v. Monmouth
7 p.m. - USF v. Fresno State

Saturday, March12 (High seed is home team)
10 a.m. - 7th Place Game
1 p.m. - 5th Place Game
4 p.m. - 3rd Place Game
7 p.m. - Championship Game