PHILADELPHIA – After being stifled by Mother Nature over the weekend, with two days of continuous rain, the University of Pennsylvania will finally open up Ivy League play versus Yale and Brown on Monday and Tuesday at Meiklejohn Stadium. Both days will feature doubleheaders beginning at 1 p.m.
On Monday, Penn (6-10) will take on Yale (8-8) in the first Ivy League games of the season for both teams. The Bulldogs are coming off a series split with Holy Cross, but have key victories against LSU, 8-7 in early March, and two wins at Stetson. A season ago, the Quakers split with Yale winning 5-1, and losing 1-0 in games in New Haven, Conn.
Brown (4-6) will come into Philadelphia on Tuesday after playing at Columbia on Monday in its Ivy opener. The Bears have picked up wins at George Mason, against UMass-Lowell twice, and at William & Mary. In 2013, Penn split with Brown, losing 9-0, and winning 9-5 in two games in Providence, R.I.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Mon. (1) Penn: Connor Cuff, RHP (Jr., 1-1, 1.00 ERA, 27.0 IP, 25 H, 3 BB, 22 K)
Yale: Chris Lanham, RHP (So., 3-1, 5.68 ERA, 25.1 IP, 34 H, 11 BB, 18 K)
Mon. (2) Penn: Ronnie Glenn, LHP (Jr., 1-2, 5.87 ERA, 23.0 IP, 25 H, 7 BB, 18 K)
Yale: Chasen Ford, RHP (Fr., 2-2, 4.39 ERA, 26.2 IP, 27 H, 6 BB, 9 K)
Tues. (1) Penn: Dan Gautieri, RHP (Jr., 0-3, 5.48 ERA, 21.1 IP, 25 H, 7 BB, 28 K)
Brown: Anthony Galan, RHP (Sr., 1-1, 6.55 ERA, 11.0 IP, 18 H, 5 BB, 8 K)
Tues. (2) Penn: Jack Hartman, LHP (Fr., 2-0, 1.80 ERA, 15.0 IP, 12 H, 1 BB, 5 K)
Brown: Lucas Whitehill, RHP (Sr., 1-1, 5.79 ERA, 9.1 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 8 K)
SCOUTING YALE: The Bulldogs are led offensively by senior infielder Jacob Hunter (.317, 19 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 12 RBI) and junior infielder Green Campbell (.312, 15 H, 2 2B, 11 RBI). Yale has three games where it has scored double-digit runs and has scored 84 runs averaging 5.25 runs per game in 16 games.
SCOUTING BROWN: Going into its games with Columbia coming off of two wins, the Bears are averaging 4.6 runs per game. Senior outfielder Daniel Massey leads Brown offensively (.324, 12 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI), with help from freshman infielder Marc Sredojevic (.286, 8 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI).
WASHED OUT: Penn has played one game, versus Villanova, in the past seven days due to wet weather in the Philadelphia area. The Quakers were supposed to host Lafayette in the opening game of the Liberty Bell Classic this past Tuesday until the game was pushed back to this week. The game scheduled for April 1 will now need to be moved again, due to the Ivy League opening weekend being pushed from Saturday and Sunday to Monday and Tuesday due to rain.
LAST TIME OUT AT VILLANOVA: Penn’s bats came alive against the Wildcats, where the Quakers totaled 18 hits, including eight extra base hits. Senior outfielder Rick Brebner collected three doubles on the afternoon, while driving in two runs. Junior Jeff McGarry totaled four hits, while also driving in two runs. Mike Vilardo and Matt McKinnon each had a triple in the game. On the mound, Jake Cousins picked up his first collegiate win, while Mitch Holtz, Stephen Silvestri and Pat Bet pitched well in relief.AROUND THE IVY LEAGUE: To start the 2014 season, the eight Ivy League teams have a combined record of 44-79. Cornell has the most wins with eight, while Yale is second with seven. Cornell and Dartmouth are the only teams that were able to begin league play over the weekend splitting their series with the Big Red winning game one, 3-2, and falling in game two to the Big Green, 5-4 in 11 innings.