PHILADELPHIA - The coaches and sports information directors of the Philadelphia Big Five schools selected the 2010 All-Big 5 baseball team this week and four Penn players were honored for their performances this season.
Second baseman Steve Gable, third baseman Dan Williams and outfielder Tom Grandieri were honored among the 12 position players while lefty Chris McNulty was one of five pitchers named All-Big 5. McNulty was also named to the Philadelphia Big 5 Academic Team for his performance in the classroom.
For Grandieri, this is his second selection as All-Big 5 following his nod in 2009. The 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year, Grandieri was the Quakers' offensive catalyst and the League's most dangerous hitter in 2010, leading Penn and the Ivy League in average (.458), hits (38), runs (25) and RBI (25) within league play. The lone unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection also hit four home runs and finished third in the league with six stolen bases. Grandieri also etched his name in the record books this year, breaking the school's single-season marks for hits (71) and doubles (22). The 22 doubles also broke a 25-year-old Ivy single-season record, while his 71 hits are tied for the fourth highest total in league history.
Williams earned his first All-Big 5 selection with an equally impressive 2010 campaign for the Red and Blue. He started all 41 games on the left side of the infield and provided a steady bat in the lineup. The junior batted .380 in Ivy play with 30 hits, 4 doubles 12 RBI and finished second in the league with 23 runs. Williams also became the first Quaker since 2003 to hit .400 in a season, finishing the year with a .403 average overall. He also added 51 runs, breaking the school record of 50 set in 1978. The third baseman had 64 hits and added 14 doubles, four home runs and 26 RBI while reaching base safely in 38 of 41 games.
Gable capped his Penn career in fine form. The senior was dynamic in league play, finishing second on the team with a .386 average and nine doubles. He also had 27 hits, 18 runs, 16 RBI and finished with a .971 fielding percentage en route to honorable mention All-Ivy honors.
McNulty came into his own during his sophomore season, twice earning Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors. He started nine games for the Quakers, pacing the staff with a 5-1 record. He posted a team-best 4.25 ERA while fanning 33 hitters. He tossed three complete games and went a stretch of 13 innings over three games without allowing a run.