Rookie Rocks a Walk-Off Bomb; Penn Sweeps Dartmouth

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

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Game one had great Penn pitching and game two showed the explosiveness of the Quakers' offense as the Red and Blue swept the season series from Dartmouth, 4-3 and 10-8. Jarron Smith capped off a scoring barrage, taking the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the 10th over the right field wall for a two-run walk off shot in game two. Billy Kirk worked 4.2 innings and fanned six batters in the opener and was aided by a Sean Abate three-run home run in the first inning.

Smith's second walk-off hit in less than two weeks was the culmination of an 11-hit effort by the Quakers (8-11, 5-1 Ivy) after giving up a four-run lead in the fifth inning and tying the score at eight in the eighth. Evan Sobel took Dartmouth's (3-9, 0-2 Ivy) Nicholas Peay's (0-1) first offering to left field to get things rolling in the Quakers' 10th. After a Ken-Ichi sacrifice bunt. Smith stepped to the plate, looking for one shot. "He hade been making our guys look so silly over the past couple innings so if I was going to look silly, I was going to at least do it swinging," said Smith in a post-game radio interview with Brian Seltzer. He jumped on the first pitch he saw, sending it into the netting in right-center field. Smith finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. The win was Penn's eighth in 10 games and third Ivy win in succession. Steven Schwartz (1-1) earned his first-career victory with 3.2 innings of work on the mound, giving up just one earned run on four hits and striking out three batters. Starter Nick Francona fanned five before being relieved in the fifth inning.

The Penn bats were not quiet the entire second game as Smith, Sobel and Kyle Armeny each went long against Big Green pitching. Sobel's came on a 1-0 pitch in the second inning, scoring Armeny who had opened the frame with a single to center field. It was the first home run of the senior shortstop's career and it put the Quakers up 2-1. Sobel finished the second game 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and three RBI. Armeny notched his second-career blast in the next inning, homering to right-center to score Abate who had doubled earlier in the inning.The freshman was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI in the night cap and finished the two-game series 4-for-8.

Despite Penn's offense, the Big Green put up four runs in the fifth to knot the score at five. Dartmouth would take a 7-5 lead in the seventh whenAndrew Nacario scored from third on a Will Bashelordouble to right field and Bashelor scored on a Jeff Spietz singlelater in the inning. Nacario had three hits in four at bats in the second game, while Spietz went 4-for-5 with three RBI to lead Dartmouth. Will Schmidley gave Dartmouth an 8-6 lead with a home run in the top of the eighth.

Penn started out the day much as it ended it, coming from behind to win. Dartmouth scored a run in its half of the first inning but the Red and Blue quickly erased the Big Green's advantage with four runs in the bottom half of the opening frame. Alex Blagojevich started the inning offensively with a single to left-center. Nate Moffie followed with a single over first base. Abate cleared the bases with the second home run of the season for the first baseman and Matt Horn drove in another with a double after Armeny blooped a single to left field.

Billy Kirk (2-2) made the lead stick by pitching a strong 4.2 innings and punching out six Dartmouth batters. Kirk allowed a pair of runs in the fifth and was relieved by Remington Chin. The senior made quick work of the four batters he faced over the next one and one-third innings he pitched, throwing just 11 pitches. Andy Console (3) loaded the bases with two out, putting the tying run 90 feet away but the freshman right-handed closer shut the door on the Big Green by getting Erik Bell to strike out looking to end the game and earn his third save in as many chances.

Penn hosts Harvard on April 5 in a doubleheader, beginning at Murphy Field at noon. The Quakers will then take a break from Ivy action when they host La Salle on April 6 at 3:30 p.m. That game can be heard live on

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director ofathletic communications