The Quakers take a break from their Ivy League schedule to travel to La Salle
on Wednesday for a battle with the Explorers, beginning at 3 p.m.
Penn is 15-12 after going 2-2 on the weekend while La Salle
comes into the game riding a three-game win streak to improve their record to
18-13. The two teams met two weeks ago at Meiklejohn Stadium and the Explorers
came away with the 6-4 win. In that contest La Salle scored five times in the
first three innings and Penn fought back to get within one at 5-4 but couldn't
overcome the early deficit.
Last Time Out: An
The Red and Blue went 2-2 in Ivy action last weekend, winning the first game each
day and losing consecutive nightcaps. Penn beat Yale 2-0 to open the weekend
behind a seven-hit shutout from the combo of senior Paul Cusick and freshman
Cody Thomson, as Cusick went eight innings with 11 strikeouts and Thomson went
the final two to get the win. However, Penn lost the second game 13-6. On
Sunday the Quaker offense exploded for 14 runs against Brown to support junior
Vince Voiro in a 14-5 win. In the second game, sophomore John Beasley had the
best start of his young career, going 7.0 innings with six strikeouts and two
earned runs. The Penn offense struggled to support the righty scoring once in the
seventh and the eighth to tie up the game. However, in the bottom of the eighth
the Bears scored a pair of runs and held off the Red and Blue in the top of the
ninth to earn the 4-2 victory.
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Scouting the Quakers
Penn has one of the most potent offenses in the league, ranking third in batting
average (.287) and second in slugging percentage (.427) and on-base percentage
(.375). The Red and Blue also lead the league with 21 home runs - five more
than second place Cornell - and are second in doubles with 52. Five Quakers are
now hitting over .300 on the season led by senior Jeremy Maas and his .394
average. He also leads the team in slugging
(.606), on-base percentage (.463), hits (43), runs (25), home runs (5), steals
(9). Junior Derek Vigoa is now second on the team in hitting with a .313
average. The shortstop has 31 hits, 16 runs, a team-high 21 RBI and has only
struck out six times in 99 at-bats this season, tops in the Ivy League.
Freshman Brandon Engelhardt (.308), Greg Zebrack (.308) and Will Davis (.308)
are also hitting over .300 this year.
On the Mound
The Red and Blue have employed a pitcher by committee strategy for their
midweek games this year. In the team's previous meeting with La Salle, Penn
used five different pitchers who each went at least 1.0 inning. The Quakers
have seven pitchers who have thrown at least 18 innings this season and four
have an ERA under 4.00. Among relievers, freshman Cody Thomson has a 3.16 ERA
with 19 strikeouts and four walks in 25.2 innings and junior Patrick Brennan is
close behind him with a 4.82 ERA in 18.2 innings. He also has 12 strikeouts compared
to just two walks this season. As a team, the Quakers have struck out the most
batters in the Ivy League and walked the second fewest, despite having pitched
more innings than any other club.
Hitting: La Salle is hitting .281 as a team this year while slugging .381
with an on-base percentage of .344. In a weekend sweep of Temple, the team scored
at least eight runs in all three games and are averaging 5.2 runs per game for
the year. The Explorers have a pair of
hitters who are batting over .300 in Marc Schoch and Jeff Flax. Schoch is
batting .351 and has 39 hits, 11 doubles and 19 RBI while Flax leads the team
with 45 hits and 23 RBI, nine doubles and a home run. The team has 64 doubles
on the year but only eight home runs and also has walked just 88 times in 13
games. Schoch and Flax have combined for just five walks in 243 at-bats this
season and have on-base percentages of .365 and .362.
Last time the two teams
face each other, La Salle threw five pitchers to face Penn hitters. In that
game, Dominic Sgroi earned his first win of the year for pitching 1.2 innings
of scoreless relief. Overall eight different players have won at least two
games for the Explorers. Relievers Kevin Christy and Pat Christensen were key
in the team's matchup, as Christy went 1.2 innings allowing just one hit and
striking out one and Christensen scattered two hits over the last two innings
of play to earn the save. He leads the team with eight saves on the year and
had a paltry 1.78 ERA in 25.1 innings of work.
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Senior catcher Will Davis is hitting .459 over his last ten games with a .892
slugging percentage and .565 on-base percentage. Over that span he is leading
the team with 16 runs, seven doubles, three home runs and is second with 12
RBI. He has also been stead behind the plate, throwing out eight potential base
stealers during that span. Classmate Paul Cusick has also been lights out
during that span, tossing 16.0 straight scoreless innings. In three appearances
he has 25 strikeouts, eight walks and allowed just seven singles and one
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The Quakers went 3-2 last week, hitting .289 as a team. Greg Zebrack went
8-for-16 and slugged .938 with a team-best six RBI over that span. He also
walked six times for an impressive .636 on-base percentage. Junior Derek Vigoa
matched Zebrack with six RBI and finished with a .389 average. He finished
7-for -18 without a strikeout on the week.