Roth and Brown Pitch Quakers to Sweep of Dartmouth

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania baseball team used great starting pitching to get to .500 in the Ivy League with two wins over Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at Meiklejohn Stadium. Penn won Game 1, 5-1 and Game 2, 6-2.

Todd Roth and Doug Brown lifted Penn (10-11, 4-4 Ivy)to the sweep with their masterful pitching performances. Roth hurled yet another complete game, while Brown dominated Dartmouth (4-13-1, 1-3 Ivy) hitters for eight inningsin his first start of the season.

Penn took Game 1 behind the brilliant pitching of the freshman Roth (3-1). He allowed just seven base runners all day and only two in the final four innings. Roth hurled his third consecutive complete game and lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.31.

Dartmouth got on the board in the first inning. Erik Bell led off with a single and came around to score on a double to right center by Jason Blydell. Penn took the lead in the second with three runs. Kyle Armeny got the inning started with a double and was knocked in on a double by Alex Nwaka. After William Gordon reached on an error, Jeff Cellucci grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Nwaka. With two outs, Steve Gable brought the third run in on a single to left that scored Matt Toffaletti.

Gable doubled to left with one out in the fifth. A batter later, Jarron Smith singled to center plating Gable. Smith move up to second and that allowed him to score on Josh Corn’s single to make the score 5-1.

In the nightcap, Smith tripled to right in the third inning to score Gable from first, who led off with a single. Smith scored a sacrifice fly to left by Josh Corn.

Brown (2-3) got the nod for the Quakers and allowed just two runs in eight plus innings of work, while striking out 10. He retired 11 of the first 13 batters he faced. Brown got into trouble in the fifth, but got out of the inning unscathed. He gave up singles to the first three batters of the inning to load the bases. Brown struck out the next two batters and got Bell to pop up to second to get out of the jam.

However, in the sixth, the Big Green got to Brown for two runs to tie the game. Dartmouth started the inning with two straight hits to put runners at second and third. Damon Wright lined out to right to bring in the first run. Andrew Nacario then doubled to left center to tie the score at 2-2.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Quakers broke the game open. Toffaletti led off with a double down the left field line. Gable reached on an error by the short stop to put runners on the corners with no out. Smith was hit by a pitch to load the bases and both Corn and Armeny hit sacrifice flies to bring in two runs. Tim May plated the third run of the inning with a blooper into no man’s land in shallow right center. Penn added an insurance run in the eighth when William Gordon slugged his first collegiate home run.

Reid Terry came in relief of Brown, after he allowed a double to lead off the ninth. Terry retired all three batters he faced to end the game.

Penn will travel to Easton, Pa. on Tuesday to play Lafayette in the second round of the Liberty Bell Classic. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.