Baseball Topped by Penn in Sunday Doubleheader

Baseball Topped by Penn in Sunday Doubleheader

Rothenberg doubled twice on the afternoon (Fran Ruchalski).

PHILADELPHIA – Finishing its first road trip of the Ivy calendar, Harvard baseball fell to Penn, 4-0 and 7-4, in a doubleheader on Sunday at Meiklejohn Stadium.

Junior Matt Rothenberg tallied a team-high three hits in the twin bill, hitting .500 over the two games, while sophomore Patrick Robinson and freshman Quinn Hoffman tallied two each of their own. Senior Matt Hink led the team with two RBI.

Game One: Penn 4, Harvard 0
The Crimson (10-12, 0-4 Ivy) dropped a pitching duel in the first outing of the day, with Penn (11-9, 2-0 Ivy) jumping to a 4-0 victory in game one. Sophomore Simon Rosenblum-Larson got the start, scattering six hits and three runs over five innings with three strikeouts.

Robinson paced the offense with two hits in the affair, including a double, while Hoffman added a single of his own. The Crimson offense netted eight total baserunners in the seven-inning outing.

Penn struck first in the opening inning, taking a 2-0 lead after an RBI-single up the middle. The Crimson stranded two baserunners twice in the middle innings, and the Penn lead doubled to 4-0 in the sixth after consecutive RBI doubles.

Game Two: Penn 7, Harvard 4
The highest-scoring game of the weekend for the Crimson, Harvard fell late to the Quakers, 7-4. Rothenberg led the Crimson offense with three hits, including two doubles, while Hink and sophomore Trent Bryan also added extra-base tallies. Rothenberg, Hink and Hoffman registered RBI for the offense.

Kevin Stone took the mound for Harvard, tossing six innings while allowing four hits and four runs. Stone fanned two batters in the start.

The Crimson jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, with Rothenberg doubling home senior Drew Reid to open the scoring. Three batters later, Hink laced a double over the head of the center fielder, allowing Rothenberg and sophomore Patrick McColl to round third and score.

Penn pulled one back in the bottom of the first, and a three-run home run in the second gave Penn the lead.

Bryan opened the fourth inning with a hard-hit triple to right center, and he scored one batter later when Hoffman threaded a single through the left side, tying the game at 4-4.

The Quakers regained the lead with three runs in the seventh, and the Crimson stranded two aboard in the bottom of the ninth to close the weekend.

Harvard hosts Massachusetts in the first round of the Beanpot on Wednesday, April 5 at O'Donnell Field. The 3 p.m. contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.