Penn Blanks Harvard in Game One; Crimson Shuts Out Quakers in Nightcap

Box Score - Game One

Box Score - Game Two

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Left-hander Sean Abate pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball to lead the Penn baseball team over Harvard in game one of a doubleheader, 1-0, Saturday afternoon in Cambridge, Mass. Sophomore Scott Graham had the winning hit in the top of the seventh inning to lift the Red and Blue in the first game. The Quakers dropped game two, 7-0, after the Crimson freshman Adam Cole tossed eight shutout innings for the win.

The first game was a pitchers duel, as the southpaw Abbott squared off with Harvard right-hander Shawn Haviland.

The two kept both lineups silent till the seventh and final inning, when Penn freshman Tony Moses laced a two-out single to centerfield. After Moses stole second, Michael Gatti drew a walk, which brought Graham to the plate.

The sophomore ripped a base-hit into left-center that scored Moses for the first and only run of the game. Gatti was thrown out at third base on the play, but the damage had already been done.

In the bottom half of the seventh, Abate struck out the first hitter but allowed a single to Harvard’s Brendan Byrne, who advanced to second on a groundout. With two outs, Abate was pulled in favor of Quaker closer Doug Brown, who struck out the final Crimson batter to secure the victory and his third save of the season.

Abate (1-2) picked up his first collegiate win as a starter, scattering five hits while striking out four and walking two.

In game two, Harvard’s Cole (2-2) had no problem with the Quaker lineup, as he tossed eight scoreless innings, scattering four hits while striking out five.

The Quakers only trailed 4-0 heading into the eighth inning, but Harvard tagged on three more in the bottom half to build a seven run lead they would not relinquish.

Aside from losing the game, the Quakers suffered another setback when Joey Boaen left the game in the fourth inning with an injured finger and did not return.

Penn starter Michael Gibbons (1-3) was dealt the loss after walking five batters and allowing five runs in seven innings. Kyle Armeny was the lone player to record multiple hits in the game with a pair of doubles in four at-bats.