Baseball takes on UMass series with 28-run day and doubles sweep

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in Lehigh

03/22/2023 | 15:00

March 22 (Wednesday) / 3:00 p.m.

in Lehigh

PHILADELPHIA — After being held to just four hits in a 1-0 loss on Friday afternoon, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team exploded for 28 runs and 31 hits in a double sweep of Massachusetts Saturday from Tommy Lasorda Field at Meiklejohn Stadium.

After a 9-3 win in Game 1, the Quakers won Game 2 in convincing fashion, winning 19-4 in seven innings, setting season highs in runs and hits (18).

* Cole Zaffiro had the best outing of his career in the opener of the day, striking out seven in seven shutout innings, a career high, scattering just two hits and two walks.

* Game 2 starter Ryan Dromboski retired a career-best nine Minutemen in just five innings of work, reclaiming the team lead for the season (28).

* In addition to a spectacular play in center field, Seth Werchan threw Penn’s first two home runs this season, finishing his eventful 5-on-6 day with five runs and four RBIs.

* Starting consecutive games since the first two games of the season, Cole Palis went 5 for 8 with four RBIs and four runs scored.

* Davis Baker finished the twin bill 4 for 8 with three extra hits, three runs and three RBIs

* Wyatt Henseler extended his hitting streak to eight games, finishing the day 4 for 9 with five RBIs and three runs scored.

* Ben Miller finished his day 3 for 9 with one home run, four RBIs and four runs scored, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

After a scoreless first inning and a half without either team getting a runner past first base, Penn broke through to second.

Steps to Palis and Baker started the inning, Calvin Brown followed with a fly ball, moving Palis up to third. Jarrett Pokrovsky followed with a defender’s pick at second, scoring Palis and passing Baker to third. Baker then ran home on a passed ball, making it 2-0 Penn.

Pokrovsky beats the double game and Palis goes home!

Minutemen 0 – Quakers 1, Botom 2#QuakeShow

— Penn Baseball (@PennBaseball) March 18, 2023

That tally held until the start of the seventh, with Zaffiro pulling back three goals in the third and giving up 11 in a row to end his stellar day, thanks in part to a superb central hold by Henseler in the seventh.

3?? for Zaffiro in the 3rd!#QuakeShow

— Penn Baseball (@PennBaseball) March 18, 2023

Air Seth ??#QuakeShow

— Penn Baseball (@PennBaseball) March 18, 2023

In Penn’s seventh, Werchan started with a hat-trick inside the left-field foul line and scored on a Call single. Miller followed with a left double, scoring Appel, and Henseler made it 5-0 with a Miller single down the middle.

Action Jackson shakes things up!

Minutemen 0 – Quakers 3, Bottoms 7#QuakeShow

— Penn Baseball (@PennBaseball) March 18, 2023

Ben Miller will sell you insurance and you will like it

Minutemen 0 – Quakers 4, Down 7

— Penn Baseball (@PennBaseball) March 18, 2023

Wyatt adds!

Minutemen 0 – Quakers 5, Bottoms 7#QuakeShow

— Penn Baseball (@PennBaseball) March 18, 2023

After reliever Will Tobin retired the Minutemen in order in the top of the eighth, Penn opened the game in the bottom of the inning. The Quakers charged the bases with no one without registering a hit after Pokrovsky and Appel were both hit by pitches and Werchan walked. Miller made it 6-0 with a sack down the middle and Henseler walked to reload the bases.

Palis followed with a two-run single to right center. Calvin Brown capped the four-run frame with a single down the left side.

Palis breaks this one with a mere 2 RBI!

Minutemen 0 – Quakers 8, Bas 8#QuakeShow

— Penn Baseball (@PennBaseball) March 18, 2023

With the game in hand for Penn, the Minutemen avoided the shutout with three in the ninth.

UMass got Dromboski early, going 2-0 with three batters in the game, but Dromboski settled in, retiring five straight to finish the first and second innings.

Penn provided Dromboski with ample running support late in the second. Baker started with a double down the right field line, scoring on a one-out double from Henseler. After walks to Ryan Taylor and Werchan to charge the bases, Appel was hit with a pitch, forcing Henseler with the even run. Miller followed with a field single and Palis made it 5-2 with a right two-run single. With Penn at bat, Baker tripled to right center, scoring Miller and Palis.

Now with a five-point lead at his disposal, Dromboski put in a dominant third run, hitting the side and letting out a roar as he raced back towards the dugout.

Late in the third, the Quaker bats remained hot, with Wilson and Taylor recording back-to-back singles. Werchan followed with his first homer of the day, putting the Quakers up eight, 10-2.

After another 1-2-3 inning for Dromboski in the top of the fourth, Baker landed his second three-pocketed RBI of the day late in the inning, scoring Palis, who had reached a single.

shake and cook and cook and shake

Davis today: 3/3, 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI (over FOUR innings)#QuakeShow | @Davis_B_18

— Penn Baseball (@PennBaseball) March 18, 2023

After Dromboski closed out his day with three more strikeouts in the fifth, Penn blasted the gates with a seven-run, six-with-two-out second inning.


His 9K this afternoon is his career high??

Minutemen 2 – Quakers 11, Mid 5#QuakeShow | @DromboskiRyan

— Penn Baseball (@PennBaseball) March 18, 2023

Werchan and Miller each went deep in a three-hitter period, with Miller leading the team with five. After Palis singles and Baker walked, Brown hit an error, charging the bases and keeping the inning alive.

Seth gave this one a spin??#QuakeShow

— Penn Baseball (@PennBaseball) March 18, 2023

Henseler took advantage of the situation, driving in two with a left-sided single. Asa Wilson followed with a left double, scoring Brown and Taylor singles to Henseler and Brown.

Wyatt brought home 2 on his second hit of the day to give us 1?? 5?? #QuakeShow

— Penn Baseball (@PennBaseball) March 18, 2023

Each team veered on their final runs of the day in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh respectively, with Penn resuming their second 10-run rule, winning in seven innings of the week following their 15-5 win over Villanova on Wednesday. .

Penn heads north Wednesday for a midweek showdown with Lehigh in Keystone State. Bethlehem’s first pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.




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