PHILADELPHIA - Following the best week statistical week of his career, sophomore Greg Zebrack was named the Ivy League and Big 5 Player of the Week while teammate Paul Cusick was named the Big 5 pitcher of the week for the second consecutive time.
Zebrack batted leadoff for the Quakers, going 8-for-16 five games with a .938 slugging percentage and .636 on-base percentage as Penn went 3-2 last week and improved to 6-2 in the Lou Gehrig Division. The sophomore outfielder led the team with 15 total bases with two doubles, triple and homer, and also scored five times. He had the game-winning RBI on a triple in the 10th inning to propel Penn to a 2-0 win over Yale and then scored the insurance run one batter later. Zebrack finished a triple short of the cycle Sunday against Yale, going 4-for-4 with three runs and three RBI. In the afternoon game, he went 1-for-1 with three walks to finish 5-for-5 on the day. Through eight Ivy League contests he is second in home runs (3), RBI (10), walks (6) and third in total bases (21) and slugging percentage (.750).
Cusick becomes the first pitcher in over four years to win Big 5 Pitcher of the Week awards in consecutive weeks after throwing another gem on Saturday against Yale. Facing the Ivies second best hitting team, Yale, the senior righty shut down the Bulldog offense, allowing just four singles and one double over eight innings of work. Embattled in a 0-0 showdown, Cusick got the no decision as Penn eventually prevailed in ten innings, 2-0. He walked five and struck out 11 batters in the contest, giving him 23 over his last two starts. The senior also made a mid-week appearance, striking out two in a scoreless inning of work against Keystone.
Zebrack is the second straight Penn hitter to be named Ivy Player of the Week after senior Jeremy Maas won the award the previous week. He is also the third straight Quaker to win Big 5 Player of the Week, preceding Maas and senior Will Davis. Cusick, meanwhile, is the only pitcher to win Big 5 honors twice this season.
Penn looks to improve on its 15-12 mark when the team travels across town on Wednesday to face Big 5 foe La Salle at 3 p.m.