Penn Takes the Day, 3-1 and 5-4 over Princeton; Seddon Honored

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Philadelphia - Penn baseball came into Saturday needing a sweep of the Princeton Tigers and delivered with a 3-1 victory in game one and a 5-4 win in the second half of the twin bill to pull even in the Lou Gehrig Division of the Ivy standings heading into Sunday's home finale. Kyle Armeny took control offensively, going 4-for-6 with his fourth home run of the year.

After two and a half innings of pitching excellence from both starters, the Quakers (11-18, 7-7 Ivy) broke onto the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the first inning of game one. Alex Blagojevich, the second batter of the inning was hit by a pitch after falling behind in the count, 0-2. Armeny followed with a double and Nate Moffie recorded his 18th RBI of the season, grounding out to second to score Blagojevich from third base. Bryan Graves singled to center field to drive in Armeny and Penn had a 2-0 lead after three innings.

Princeton's (11-17, 5-5 Ivy) Aaron Prince cut the lead in half, 2-1, with a single through the left side to score Zach Wendkos who led off the inning with a double. It took Armeny and the Quakers one pitch to push the lead back to two as the freshman launched a shot over the right field wall to give Penn its winning margin, 3-1. Josh Appell (2-4) came up big in his seventh start of the season, holding the Tigers to just four hits, while striking out nine batters to up his team lead to 41 punch outs.

It was Princeton who began the scoring in game two, scoring three runs in the top of the third. Will Venable had a hand in all three runs for the Tigers, plating two runs with a single and later and later scoring on a delayed steal. Penn did not allow the potentially powerful offense of its opponent take control as the Quakers answered with a run in the bottom half of the third. Armenywas at it again, ripping a 2-1 pitch to center field for a stand uptriple. Moffie drovein his second run of the day with a sacrifice fly toright field, scoring Armeny.

Penntook the lead by scoring two more runs in the fifth, and one run in the sixth and seventh innings. Evan Sobelsingled to center tolead off the fifth and wasbunted over to second by Andrew Bechta. After advancing to third on a passed ball, Sobel scored when Blagojevich grounded out to first for his 10th RBI of the season. Armenyand Moffie followed with a single and walk, respectively, and both scored when Graves kicked up chalk with a double down the left field line. Matt Horn scored Penn's run in the sixth after reaching base on a hit-by-pitch. The senior catcher drove in Penn's fifth and final run in the seventh with a double to right field to score Sean Abate, who singled on the first offering in his at bat in the inning.

Second game starter Brian Cirri (3-3) evened his record with seven innings of steady controlled pitching. After Sal Iacono pulled Princeton within one on his fielder's choice, Remington Chin made his 15th appearance of the season to retire the side after facing just four batters. Freshman Andy Console (4) was brought in to pitch the ninth and needed just 15 pitches to strike out the side, earning his fourth save in five attempts.

Between games long time head coach Bob Seddon was honored by the Penn Athletics Department, the Ivy coaches, the Penn coaching community and his team. Philadelphia Phillies President Dave Montgomery spoke at the ceremony as Seddon was honored for his 37 years of service with Penn. Seddon, who has coached the Quakers with assistant Bill Wagner at his side for all 34 years he has been the head coach of the baseball team, received numerous gifts. Among the many offerings was a home plate signed by his team and a plaque with showing his likeness that will be hung in the newly named Bob Seddon Dugout.

Penn and Princeton will resume their four-game series at Murphy Field on Sunday, beginning at noon. Before game one, the 12 seniors on this year's team will be honored and between games one and two the Penn Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2005, which includes Joe Carlon C'98, Albert Greenfield III, W'78, Nick Italiano, W'03, Chris May, C'01, Andrew McCreery, C'03 and Armen Simonian, W'98, will be inducted. All of the action can be heard live on www.pennathletics.com.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications