Quakers Baseball Falls to Dallas Baptist, 9-2

Box Score

Fresno, Calif. - Quiet bats and six unearned runs spoiled a superb pitching performance by junior hurler Brian Cirri as the Quakers dropped a 9-2 decision to Dallas Baptist on Friday afternoon at Pete Beiden Field. Matt Horn rocked his first home run of the season to account for Penn's two tallies.

Cirri pitched a strong five and two-third innings for the Red andBlue (0-7), giving up just two earned runs on five hits and striking outthree Patriots (10-10).His only costly mistake was to Austin Thorntonin the second inning when the catcher took Cirri's offering deep over the left field wall. Thornton was 1-for-2 at the plate with two RBI and three runs scored.

Dallas Baptist opened the game up with a half dozen unearned runs in the sixth inning after a throwing error kept the inning alive for the Patriots. Drew Holder accounted for three of those runs with a home run. The right fielder finished the day 2-for-4 with four RBI.

Penn put acrooked number on the scoreboard onHorn's blast in the seventh inning, scoring Nate Moffiewho had reached on a single through the right side of the infield. Horn was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI and that one run scored.

Also collecting hits for the Quakers were Kyle Armeny (1-for-4), Andrew Bechta (1-for-4) and Evan Sobel (2-for-4). Winning pitcher, Rodney Brantley, had not allowed a hit until Sobel's single to right-center field in the fifth. Brantley pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on five hits and fanning a pair of Quakers.

Penn battles Monmouth at 10 a.m. (PST) in the seventh-place game to close out the 2005 Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic. The Quakers met Monmouth in their second game of the season, losing 4-2.

Written byMat 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 (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)
10 a.m. - Penn v. Monmouth
1 p.m. - Southern Utah v. Dallas Baptist
4 p.m. - Penn State v. Gonzaga
7 p.m. - Fresno State v. San Francisco