PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Spencer Branigan was the named the Big 5 Player of the Week on Monday afternoon after leading the Quaker offense in six games last week, including his first-career walk-off hit.
Branigan was honored by the Big 5 after hitting .391 in six games with six runs and a team-high six RBI. He also extended his hit steak to a career-best ten games in the process. The first basemen's biggest moment of week came in Saturday's opener against Columbia. Trailing 5-4 and down to the team's final out, it was Branigan who came through, as he launched a home run over the fence in right with one runner on to propel the Quakers to the 6-5 victory. On Friday against Columbia Branigan was nearly as good, going 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI. He was also hit and walked once in the game.
He is the fourth Quaker to be named Big 5 Player of the Week this year. Greg Zebrack, Will Davis and Jeremy Maas have also won the award, with Maas taking the award twice this season. Branigan finished his second season tied for the team lead with seven home runs and also hit a career-high .296 with 26 runs, 23 RBI and eight doubles.
Penn finished its season at 19-21 and 10-10 in the Ivy League for the second consecutive year.