Penn baseball starting off with a bang
Two first inning outbursts move Penn past Yale in Sunday doubleheader
April 1, 2012, 11:04 pm·
Patrick Hulce | DP
Saturday’s canceled doubleheader didn’t take the Penn baseball team out of its element as the Quakers took on Yale Sunday afternoon.
Though the Quakers (10-9, 2-0 Ivy) still have to take on Brown in the rescheduled games Monday, they can temporarily bask in their two consecutive wins against the Bulldogs (6-17-1, 0-4).
Both games were defined by the near-perfectly thrown games of Penn’s winning pitchers, senior Vince Voiro and sophomore Cody Thomson.
“Our pitching today, only walking two guys the entire afternoon — that was the difference,” coach John Cole said.
Voiro, who pitched the entire first game — which, as the first of a doubleheader, was only seven innings — gave up just one run on a homerun from Yale’s Joe Lubanski.
The Quakers got six hits off Yale pitcher Pat Ludwig in a 4-1 victory over the Bulldogs in the first game.
“Ludwig is as a good pitcher as there is in our league … We figured that’d be a tight game between Vince and Pat,” Cole said.
In the second game, Thomson didn’t give up an earned run in seven innings pitched as the Red and Blue won, 8-1.
“When your pitchers keep the ball in the zone, and you don’t walk people, you’re kind of eliminating a lot of ways for them to score,” Cole said. “They’re struggling offensively, so for us not to give any freebees, that was the game plan, and the pitchers executed it.”
The Quakers jumped out to early leads in both games, allowing them to pull away and secure the victories early on.
“I feel like we came out to a big start at the beginning of both games and that really gave us the momentum we carried through the series,” said junior first baseman Spencer Branigan, who got a first inning triple in the second game.
The Red and Blue brought in three runs in the first inning of the first game and four runs in the opening frame of the second game. In the first game, six players got hits, four got runs and three got RBIs.
In the second game, there was also a large team effort, with contributions throughout the lineup. Brandon Engelhardt, James Mraz, Greg Zebrack and Rick Brebner all had two hits apiece, and all but Mraz had an RBI.
With the double victory now behind them, the focus is on Monday’s rescheduled double-header against Brown (2-14).
“Today’s over,” Cole said. “It’s nice to get off winning the first half of the weekend, but [Monday] is just as tough, so we need to play even better.”