This past weekend, Penn Club Baseball played a three-game conference series against Rowan. After an extremely long two days, we left South Jersey with one victory and two losses.
Saturday’s Game 1 was a pitching duel. After a dormant start at the plate, we scored three runs in the 4th behind James “Big Stick” Emerick’s big RBI single. Freshman pitcher, Andrew Becker, had his first start on the mound and did not disappoint. Allowing just one earned run and striking out twelve batters, Becker had Rowan’s line-up off balance all night. With a one-run lead in the 6th inning, Matthew “Okie” Powery stole home on a wild pitch, giving us a two-run cushion. That extra run would prove crucial, as Rowan scored another in the top of the 7th. Thankfully, Becker did not panic, and we walked away with the W (4-3).
Games 2 and 3 were contested Sunday afternoon/night. In the first game, Doug “Slim Jim” Meyers looked to continue his streak of dominance on the mound. In his typical fashion, Meyers found himself in and out of trouble throughout the first few innings. We traded runs with Rowan and took a one-run lead in the 6th. It was not meant to be, however, as Rowan put up a 9-spot in the bottom half of the inning, effectively ending the game. This swing of momentum carried into the third game, as we could not get our bats going. James Townley pitched well but did not receive any run support, and we lost the rubber match 9-2.
From the mishandling of game times to the outcomes of the games themselves, there were a lot of lowlights this weekend. Mixed in were a few highlights that lightened the burden of losing just a bit…
- not starting Game 1 until 9PM (and not having any time to warm up)
- spending a combined 12 hours at the field
- the infield’s beach-like qualities
- the obnoxious fan(s)
- Quinn running into the fence in center…and then getting plunked in the head the following inning
- waiting around for the field lights to turn on
- Mr. Rogers being admonished by a tax-paying, proud mother
- Gaer face planting during I/O
- Taggart going 6 for 6 on stolen bases
- Rittler taking a trip down memory lane
- Bobby ruining the dugout experience for the entire team
- Wawa subs and Townley’s mom’s famous cookies
- Gus and Okie’s Legion night
We’d like to thank the families and girlfriends who came out to support us. The conditions were less than ideal, but you hung in there with us. Hopefully the results will be better in our next game (Friday, April 18th, vs TCNJ).