Penn Closes Classic With a Loss to Monmouth, 10-4

Box Score

Fresno, Calif. - The Quakers fell, 10-4, in the battle for seventh place with Monmouth at the 2005 Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic. Nate Moffie hit his second home run of the tournament, driving in a pair of Red and Blue runs.

Penn (0-8) grabbed its first lead of the tournament on a blast off the bat of Moffie. It was the second first-pitch home run for the senior outfielder during the tournament. It scored Moffie and J.T. Hutchinson, who had reached on a walk, to give the Quakers a 2-0 advantage in the third inning. Monmouth (2-7) answered withfour on four hitsruns in its half of the third to take a 4-2 lead.

After a Sean Abate single, Hutchinson drove in his first run of the year with a double to centerfield and later scored on an Alex Blagojevich single up the middle. Hutchinson finished 1-for-1 with a pair of runs scored while Moffie and Abate each collected a pair of hits for the Red and Blue.

Monmouth took control of the game in seventh, scoring five runs on five hits. Kyle Higgans led the Hawks at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Mike Hussa, Nick Massari and Fran Rotella also recorded multiple hits with two apiece.

Vince Grande earned the victory in relief, pitching five scoreless innings. Penn starter Josh Appell fanned four batters during his three innings of work. Dan Finkelstein and Nick Francona struck out three and two Hawks, respectively.

Penn heads home this week after 10 days on the West Coast. The Quakers open Murphy Field on March 16 when they host Temple at 3 p.m. Please periodically check with if weather is a factor.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

Final Standings

San Francisco - 1st (5-1)
Fresno State- 2nd (4-2)
Gonzaga - 3rd (4-2)
Penn State - 4th (3-3)

Dallas Baptist - 5th (4-2)
Southern Utah - 6th (2-4)
Monmouth - 7th (2-4)
Penn - 8th (0-5)

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 (Home team listed second)
Penn State 13, Southern Utah 2
Penn1, Gonzaga 4
Monmouth5, San Francisco 3
7 p.m.Dallas Baptistv. Fresno State

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 (Home team listed second)
Southern Utah13, Monmouth 8
Penn2, Dallas Baptist 9
Penn State1, San Francisco 6
Gonzaga3, Fresno State 6

Wednesday, March 9 (Home team listed second)
Dallas Baptist 4,Penn State 5
Southern Utah18, Penn 6
Gonzaga 13,Monmouth 4
USF 8,Fresno State 5

Saturday, March12 (Home team listed second)
Penn4, Monmouth 10
Southern Utah7, Dallas Baptist 8
Penn State6, Gonzaga 8
Fresno State0, San Francisco 13