PHILADELPHIA – Having its 11-game winning streak halted, falling 4-2 in 13 innings against Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday afternoon, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team faces a quick turnaround hosting Saint Peter’s on Wednesday afternoon.
Penn (15-11) held the second longest winning streak in the country before the extra inning loss yesterday, one behind Sacramento State. The Quakers will look to bounce back against the Peacocks (7-20), before playing four games this weekend against Ivy League divisional rival Cornell.
On the mound for Penn on Wednesday will be freshman left-handed pitcher Jack Hartman (3-0, 2.70 ERA). He will be opposed by Saint Peter’s redshirt senior left-hander Adam Purcilly (0-1, 8.59 ERA).
Penn and Saint Peter's game begins at 3:30 p.m. at Meiklejohn Stadium.
SCOUTING SAINT PETER’S: The Peacocks are led offensively by junior Chris Hugg (.318, 27 H, 11 2B, 1 Hr, 21 RBI), sophomore Jon Kristoffersen (.356, 42 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 13 RBI), and sophomore Rob Moore (.309, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 15 RBI). On the mound they have given up 211 runs in 217.0 innings, for a team ERA of 7.38. They have struck out 140 batters. Purcilly has pitched 14 2/3 innings, allowing 15 hits and 15 runs, while walking seven and striking out four.
TOTALING THE WINNING STREAK: The 11 straight wins for Penn was its longest winning streak since 1989, when the Red and Blue put together 19 straight wins en route to a league championship and NCAA regional appearance.
Offensively during the 11-game winning streak, Penn hit .332 as a team with seven games of double-digit hits, including a season-high 18 at Villanova (3/27). The Quakers produced 42 extra base hits in that span, with 26 doubles, four triples, and 12 home runs. They outscored opponents 84-40, and had 75 RBI.
On the mound in those 11 games, Penn had a team ERA of 2.47, while striking out 63 opposing batters in 91.0 innings. Six different Quaker pitchers recorded victories during the win streak; Jack Hartman (2), Jake Cousins (3), Dan Gautieri (2), Connor Cuff (2), Jeremy Witt, and Ronnie Glenn. Freshman left-handed reliever Mike Reitcheck had three saves.
IVY STREAK REMAINS: Despite the 11-game winning streak falling, Penn still has its league winning streak intact, after producing its best start, 8-0, in the Ivy League in program history.
The Quakers started 10-0 in league play in 1989, in what was then the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League (EIBL). Penn and the other Ivy League teams participated in the EIBL from 1930 to 1992. That league included Army and Navy. Beginning in 1993, the eight League schools have competed in an Ivy-only conference schedule.
The 8-0 start in league play is the best by an Ivy school since Dartmouth in 2009. The Big Green started 11-0, finishing the season with a 16-4 league record and winning the championships series over Cornell.