Road Trip Ends in Two Losses for Penn Baseball, 2-0 and 7-6

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

New Haven, Conn. – Penn a pair of costly losses at Yale on Sunday, falling 2-0 and 7-6 in the twin bill. Sean Abate went 3-for-5 at the plate for the day and Spencer Witte hit his first home run of the season with a three-run bomb in the fourth inning of game two.

Yale’s Josh Sowers (4-0) needed just 71 pitches to dispatch of the Quakers in the opener of the twin bill. The senior right-hander allowed three hits and did not allow a Penn base runner to reach third until the top of the seventh inning.

Penn’s three hits came in the third, fifth and seventh innings. Sean Abate accounted for two of the Red and Blue’s base hits, collecting a single to lead off the top of the fifth and with two outs in the seventh. The Quakers had their best opportunity in the top of the final inning. Horn also recorded a single, leading off the third inning with a base knock through the right side. After Abate’s single to right field in the seventh, pinch runner Alex Nwaka advanced to third when designated hitter Spencer Witte reached on a throwing error by second baseman Zac Bradley but the junior recovered in time to gun down the speedy freshman at home plate.

The Bulldogs registered their first two runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Chris Esper drove in the first tally with a single to score Jake Doyle who had reached on a walk earlier in the inning. C.J. Orrico plated Yale’s only other run with a single, scoring pinch-runner Josh Cox.

Yale scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning of game two to take a 4-0 lead early. Penn answered when Abate recorded his third hit of the day, spraying a single to left field to score Kyle Armeny from third, who had reached on a throwing error by the second baseman and advanced to third on a Nate Moffie to right-center field. Witte erased the Bulldogs’ lead with one swing, taking Jon Hollis’ 0-2 pitch over the left field wall to tie the score at four.

Penn scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead when Evan Sobel singled to right-center field, scoring Sean Abate and Graves. Abate started off the inning by reaching on a two-base error by the second baseman. Bryan Graves and Matt Horn each followed with walks to load the bases. Sobel came through with his second base hit of the game, having bunted for a single in the top of the third.

The Bulldogs grabbed the lead back at 7-6 with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications