PHILADELPHIA – Originally scheduled for March 19, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team will play its first Big 5 game of 2014 against Villanova on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
After being postponed due to rain a week ago, the Quakers (5-10) and Wildcats (7-14) will meet at Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.
Penn has won three of its past four games, after playing a four-game series verus Lafayette, while Villanova has lost two of its last three, in a weekend series with Northeastern.
Penn and Villanova split two games last season, with the Quakers winning 12-5 in an early matchup, before the Wildcats won 5-4 in the Liberty Bell Classic.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Penn – Jake Cousins, RHP (Fr., 0-0, 1.23 ERA, 7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 BB, 7 K)
Villanova – Jeff Courter, LHP (Jr, 0-1, 8.56 ERA, 13.2 IP, 20 H, 6 BB, 3 K)
SCOUTING VILLANOVA: The Wildcats have seven wins thus far in the 2014 season, scoring 95 runs, while allowing 126 in 21 games. They are led offensively by sophomore second baseman Kevin Jewitt (.312, 14 R, 24 H, 6 RBI), sophomore first baseman Max Beerman (.303, 7 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI), and senior outfielder Connor Jones (.269, 15 R, 4 3B, 3 HR, 19 RBI).
TESCH NAMED IVY LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore outfielder Gary Tesch was named The Ivy League Player of the Week for the week ending, March 23.
The Cypress, Texas native totaled six hits (.462) including one double and a home run and drove in four runs offensively, while walking once, in a four game series versus Lafayette. Tesch also stole two bases and recorded 10 put outs while patrolling center field for the Quakers.
PENN POWER: After being ranked as high as fourth last week, the Quakers are currently tied for seventh in the country in home runs per game. Penn hit two home runs over the weekend, and have hit a total of 15 home runs in 15 games, averaging exactly 1.00 home run per game. Georgia Southern (34 HR, 1.36/gm) leads the country in home runs per game.
IVY LEAGUE NOTES: In addition to Tesch winning Player of the Week, junior right-handed pitcher Dan Gautieri and freshman left-handed pitcher Jack Hartman were named to the Ivy League Honor Roll last week. Gautieri pitched seven innings in game one on Sunday, allowing two runs, striking out 12 Lafayette batters, while walking only one in a no decision. In game two, Hartman went seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned, with no walks in his second consecutive quality start, and victory.