William Gordon Homers Twice as Baseball Splits

Penn 11, MSM 4 Box Score

MSM 7, Penn 1 Box Score

EMMITSBURG, Md. - William Gordon hit a solo home run in the second inning of each game against Mt. St. Mary's on Sunday, upping his season total to six homers.

Unfortunately for Penn, while Gordon had company in the RBI column in game one, an 11-4 Quaker win, he was the sole source of offense in game two. In the finale, Mt. St. Mary's defeated Penn, 7-1.

In game one, every member of Penn's lineup got involved in the offense. All nine men who stepped to the plate had at least one hit, and what was even more impressive is that all nine players had at least one RBI. Seven of Penn's 15 hits were doubles - each one off the bat of a different player.

Freshman James Mraz was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI from the leadoff spot. Gordon and catcher Will Davis each scored three runs. Gordon's home run in game one, coupled with his round-tripper in game two gives him six on the sesason, a number equal to the team-high all of last season.

Paul Cusick pitched seven innings, striking out nine batters, to improve his record to 4-0 this season. Cusick's turnaround in his sophomore season has been impresive. He is 4-0 this season compared to 1-4 last year. His ERA is 2.84 in 2009 compared to 6.18 a year ago. He struck out 35 batters al of last year while this year he has already fanned 27.

Penn had a 6-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but The Mount put two runs on the board to close the gap. A ninth-inning, five-run Quaker explosion put the game out of reach. In the inning, Penn connected for a pair of doubles and four singles as all nine members of the lineup batted.

Game two belonged mostly to Mt. St. Mary's. After Gordon's second solo blast of the day tied the game in the second inning, The Mount retook the lead with a two-run homer to left in the bottom of the fourth inning. They added two more runs in both the fifth and sixth inning to pull away for the 7-1 win.

After the weekend, Penn's record is 9-7. Mt. St. Mary's is 5-9.

The Quakers are back in action on Wednesday at home against Villanova at 3 p.m.