Penn Edges Leopards for Doubleheader Sweep
PHILADELPHIA – In a pair of tightly-contested games, Penn swept the Lafayette baseball team in the opening doubleheader of the series on Saturday afternoon at Meiklejohn Stadium.
Game 1: Penn 2, Lafayette 1 (7 innings)
WP: Jake Cousins (2-1), LP: Trevor Houck (1-4)
The first game of the afternoon featured a pitcher’s duel as Jake Cousins of Penn and Trevor Houck of Lafayette, both had solid outings on the mound for their respected teams.
Each pitcher was effective in a different way. Houck pitched more to contact, and in six innings of work, induced eight ground outs and six fly outs, while allowing two earned runs and fanning three batters. On the opposing mound, Cousins got more swings and misses and he struck out eight Lafayette hitters in seven innings, while allowing one run.
Despite being limited to five hits as a team, Lafayette was led at the dish by John Selsor, who went a perfect 3-for-3 with three singles.
Penn put its leadoff batter on in the first with a single through the left side. After the first out of the inning was recorded, the Quakers strung together three consecutive singles and two runs came in to score to give Penn the early 2-0 advantage.
In the second, Luke Robinson led off with a single to left and after being sacrificed to second, he advanced to third on a Selsor base hit to right. Alex Woinski was due up next and he grounded out to first, but it allowed Robinson to scamper home safely to trim the deficit to one, 2-1.
After the second inning, both pitchers settled into a groove and did not allow a run the rest of the way.
The Leopards came up just short in the ninth as they loaded the bases up once Woinski reached on a fielder’s choice, Patrick Nelson doubled to right and Trey Durrah drew a base on balls. However, with there already being two outs in the inning, the Quakers managed to escape the jam and grab the win.
Game 2: Penn 3, Lafayette 2
WP: Gabe Kleiman (1-0), LP Brett Kreyer (0-5) SV: Jake Nelson (1)
Lafayette got another stellar outing on the mound as Brett Kreyer went six innings, allowing just two earned runs and five hits. However, it came in a losing effort as the Leopards ran into another fine performance by a Penn pitcher and the Maroon and White were limited to three hits.
The Quakers once again jumped out and took the first lead of the game after notching three hits and plating a pair of runs in the third inning.
Lafayette countered in the fourth once Spencer Rouse led things off with a double and following a Robinson walk, both runners came in to score on a Dan Leckie two-RBI double to knot the score up at two.
The score remained tied until the sixth, when the Quakers retook the lead once Peter Matt doubled to left and later came in to score on a sacrifice fly.
Penn took control the rest of the way and went on to edge the Leopards 3-2 to close out the afternoon.
The Leopards and Quakers will return to action tomorrow at noon for another doubleheader at Meiklejohn Stadium.