Quakers Split with Tigers to End Season

Box Score - Game 1

Box Score - Game 2

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn baseball team got one-half of what they needed to stay in contention in the Gehrig Division with a 9-7 game one victory over Princeton, but the Tigers exploded for 20 hits in a 14-2 rout over the Quakers in the nightcap to prevent the sweep.

With the loss and Cornell's doubleheader split with Columbia, Penn was mathematically eliminated from the divisional race.

In game one, the Quakers rallied from a 7-5 deficit with four runs in the sixth inning to claim the 9-7 win.

Princeton took a 4-0 lead in the third inning when Aaron Prince and Zach Wendkos each hit two-run homers with two outs after a Quaker error prolonged the inning for starter Bret Wallace.

Penn charged back with two runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Kyle Armeny and Scott Graham to cut the deficit to two runs.

In the fifth inning, Ken-Ichi Hino singled and Michael Gatti walkedto setthe stage for Alex Nwaka, who drilled a three-run homer to left field to give his team a 5-4 lead.

The Tigers erased the Quaker advantage quickly, though, as they scored three runs on four hits in the bottom half of the fifth to go ahead, 7-5.

But the Red and Blue put together their own two-out rally in the sixth inning, as Josh Corn hit a bases loaded single that scored two runners to tie the contest. After Corn stole second base, freshman Tim May ripped another two-run single that gave his team a two-run lead (May also had the game-winning hit in Penn's 3-2, 10-inning win on Sunday).

Penn closer Doug Brown (5-2), who relieved Wallace in the fifth inning, tossed a 1-2-3 seventh to clinch the victory.

In game two, it was all Princeton from the onset of the game, as Wendkos and Sal Iacono each homered in the first inning to give their team a quick 3-0 lead.

The Tigers tagged on five more runs in the next three innings, and put an exclamation point on the game with five runs in the sixth inning, keyed by a three-run home run by Spencer Lucian.

The offense was more than enough for Princeton hurler Christian Staehely, who allowed just two runs on four hits in a complete game gem for the Tigers.

Penn's only runs came in the ninth inning on a two-run home run by May.

The Quakers finished the 2006 season with an overall record of 12-27 and a 7-13 mark in Ivy League play.