PHILADELPHIA - The Penn baseball team cut six-run deficits in half on two occasions Wednesday afternoon, but Villanova held its ground in a 10-7 loss for the Quakers in a Philadelphia Diamond Five match-up at Meiklejohn Stadium.
Villanova jumped out to a 2-0 lead off Penn starter Bret Wallace on a one-run single by Derek Shunk and a solo home run to left field off the bat of Jeremy Hunt in the first inning.
After the Wildcats scored another run in the top half of the second, Penn got on the board in the bottom half when Tim May led off with a double and was driven in on a single by Scott Graham.
Villanova came right back in the third when Craig Mirsky singled and Shunk blasted a two-run homer to left to put his team up 5-1. Two innings later in the fifth, the Wildcats plated two more runs to assume a 7-1 advantage.
The Red and Blue battled back in the bottom half of the fifth when Graham reached on an error and Jim Farrell singled to set the stage for Boaen, who laced a two-run triple into left field. Boaen would score on a groundout by Alex Nwaka to cut the score to 7-4.
But Villanova's James Dolbier took advantage of a steady wind blowing directly outward at Meiklejohn Stadium in the sixth inning, as he hit an opposite-field three-run homer to right off pitcher Steven Schwartz (who would have been out of the inning if not for a Quaker error to start the frame) to give the Wildcats a 10-5 lead.
The Quakers didn't roll over, however, as Josh Corn hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to cut the Villanova lead to four runs. Boaen, who isbatting a blistering .447 in his last eight games,gave his team life in the bottom of the ninth when he ripped a two-run homer to right field to make the score 10-7.
But Wildcats reliever Gus Guida got two straight pop-ups to end Penn's comeback hopes.
Boaen finished 3-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored and was just a single shy of hitting for the cycle. Corn and Farrell added two hits apiece for the Quakers.
Villanova's Frank Jankowski improved to 3-0 after pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings for Villanova, while Wallace was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on six hits through two innings.
The Quakers return to the diamond this weekend for Ivy League doubleheaders at Harvard on Saturday,April 8, and at Dartmouth on Sunday, April 9.