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Penn Takes Two from Yale

Charlie Neil (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Charlie Neil (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

PHILADELPHIA – Sophomore outfielder Charlie Neil had three extra-base hits, including a two-run home run, but the Yale baseball team dropped both ends of an Ivy League doubleheader at Penn on Sunday. The Quakers took the first game by a score of 5-2 and claimed a 12-4 decision in the nightcap.

With the losses, Yale drops to 11-10-1 overall and 0-4 in the Ivy League. The Quakers move to 12-10 on the season with a 3-1 mark in the Ancient Eight.

Neil had three RBI on the day, while junior Gant Elmore and sophomores Ryan Brenner and Matt Schmidt each drove in one run. Sophomore right-hander Pat Ludwig and freshman southpaw Christopher O’Hare started on the hill for the Elis.

Yale got on the board first, as Brenner led off the top of the second inning with a double to centerfield. Two batters later, Neil smacked a two-run shot over the 380’ sign in center to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.

The Quakers would cut the lead in half courtesy of a home run by Will Davis leading off the bottom of the third inning. Penn then continued the rally, manufacturing a run as Adrian Lorenzo singled, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and came home on a base hit by Dan Williams that knotted the game at 2-2. In the next inning, the Quakers took the lead by way of the longball as Spencer Branigan hit a solo shot to right field to give the home team a 3-2 edge. Lorenzo added an RBI single in the frame, and Tom Grandieri hit a solo homer in the fifth in bring the Penn advantage to 5-2. The Quakers’ pitchers held Yale hitless after the second inning as the 5-2 tally proved to be the final.

Paul Cusick (2-2) allowed just two hits and two earned runs in 5.1 innings of work to earn the win. The junior right-hander struck out nine batters and walked five. Trey Jennings pitched a perfect seventh inning to notch his second save of the season. Ludwig (3-3) went the distance for the Bulldogs, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs. He struck out three Quakers and walked one.

In game two, Penn starter Todd Roth traded zeroes with O’Hare through three innings before the Yale bats got started in the top of the fourth. Brenner led off the inning with a double to left-centerfield, and Neil followed with a two-bagger of his own to plate the sophomore catcher with the game’s first run. Two batters later, Schmidt singled to left field to score Neil and give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.

The Quakers took one back in the bottom of the frame via a Derek Vigoa RBI single to cut the deficit to 2-1. Yale went back to work in the next half-inning, as a Brenner sacrifice fly scored Gant Elmore, who was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a double off the bat of Andy Megee, to run the score to 3-1.

A pair of productive outs tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, as the Quakers plated two runs without the benefit of hit in the frame courtesy of a Grandieri RBI groundout and a William Gordon sacrifice fly to knot the score at 3-3.

Yale would promptly regain the lead in the top of the sixth inning, as freshman catcher Chris Piwinski started a two-out rally with a double to the gap in left-centerfield. After an intentional walk to senior first baseman Trygg Larsson-Danforth, Elmore came through with a single that scored Piwinski and put the Bulldogs back on top.

Penn battled back with a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Gordon singled through the right side of the infield to plate Lorenzo with the tying run. Mike Mariano followed with a double to the gap in right-centerfield that scored two runs and put Penn on top for the first time in the contest. When the last out of the inning was recorded, the Quakers held an 8-4 advantage. Penn would add four more runs in the eighth inning to round out a 12-4 victory.

O’Hare went 4+ innings and surrendered three runs on four hits. He struck out four batters and walked three. Sophomore right-hander Greg Lyons (1-2) pitched 2.2 innings and took the loss in relief. Roth went 6+ for the Quakers and allowed four earned runs on nine hits. Reid Terry (4-1) got the win in relief.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday, kicking off an eight-game homestand with a twinbill against Sacred Heart. First pitch from Yale Field is slated for 3:30 p.m.

report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity