PHILADELPHIA – Playing its last scheduled non-conference game of the season, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team hosts the University of the Sciences Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon at Meiklejohn Stadium.
The game was pushed back one day from the originally scheduled date due to rain moving into the Philadelphia area.
Penn (19-12, 11-1 Ivy), winners in 17 of its last 20 games, will face the Devils (5-25, 3-11 CACC) who are entering the matchup having lost their last three contests.
The Quakers are currently hitting .281 as a team, with 95 extra base hits, including 29 home runs. The Red and Blue have driven in 166 runs.
On the mound, Penn has a team ERA of 3.79, with 218 strikeouts in 261.0 innings pitched.
First pitch for Wednesday's game between Penn and the Univ. of the Sciences is scheduled for 3 p.m.
SCOUTING UNIV. OF SCIENCES: The Devils are led on offense by freshman outfielder Mike Pollastrelli (.295, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI) and freshman Matt Miniconzi (.289, 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI). Junior Dylan Mchaffie and freshman Trevor Datz both also have nine RBIs. On the mound, the Devils have 5.33 team ERA and have allowed 303 hits in 246.2 innings pitched. They have struck out 167 batters.
PENN AT HOME IN MEIKLEJOHN: The Quakers boast an 11-2 home record at Meiklejohn Stadium, entering Wednesday’s game with Univ. of Sciences. Penn’s only losses has been a 13-inning, 4-2, decision versus Saint Joseph’s in the Liberty Bell Classic, and 9-0 Ivy League defeat against Cornell. Penn is hitting .286 as a team, scoring 79 runs, with 40 extra base hits, at home, including 12 home runs. On the mound, the Red and Blue have a 2.84 ERA, with 102 strikeouts in 111.0 innings pitched.
IVY LEAGUE NOTES: After winning three-straight Ivy League Player of the Week awards, Penn captured honor roll nods this week. Gary Tesch, and Rick Brebner (back-to-back) had been named Players of the Week for the previous three weeks. This week, Ryan Mincher, Cody Thomson, and Tim Graul were recognized on the honor roll. Mincher hit .316 this week, with four doubles, and eight RBIs. Thomson threw 8.1 innings in relief this past week, allowing no runs, and only one hit, while striking out 12. He came on in relief in the seventh inning of a 2-2 game against Saint Joseph’s in the Liberty Bell Classic, and left the game in the 11th inning allowing only a hit, and striking out seven. Graul also received honor roll mention after going 4-for-4 against Saint Peter’s, collecting his first collegiate hit, and hit a home run and a double, while tallying three RBIs.
PENN POWER NUMBERS: Penn has remained in the top-10 nationally in home runs per game consistently throughout the 2014 season. Currently, the Quakers are ranked ninth in the country averaging 0.94 round-trippers per game (29 total home runs). Leading the nation is Louisiana-Lafayette who has hit 46 home runs in 3 games for a 1.21 average.