PHILADELPHIA – After coming within a few plays of taking two of three games from Dallas Baptist last weekend, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team travels to Annapolis, Md. this weekend to face Navy, Towson and Monmouth.
Penn (0-3) is slated to take on host Navy (3-6), on Friday at 2 p.m., at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Bishop Stadium.
Early Saturday morning, at 10:30 a.m., the Quakers will face Towson (6-3). Penn and the Tigers faced one another last year at Towson, with the Red and Blue coming out on top, 5-4.
Penn will play again on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. against Monmouth (1-5). The Quakers and Hawks have met three times overall, with Monmouth leading the series 2-1. The last meeting was in 2005, resulting in a 4-2 Penn loss.
SCOUTING NAVY: The Midshipmen have picked won game one in all three of their series (Florida A&M, Air Force, Cornell) thus far in 2014. The wins have come behind the strength of starting left-handed pitcher Anthony Parenti. The junior has a 0.92 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched. Offensively, Navy is led by freshman infielder Travis Blue (.310, 9 H, 1 2B, 4 RBI) and Brad Borosak (.242, 8 H, 1 HR, 4 RBI).
SCOUTING TOWSON: The Tigers started the season 3-0 defeating, Wake Forest, Marshall, and Georgetown. Since then, Towson has taken one of three from Cal State Bakersfield, and has defeated Army and Albany. The Tigers are led by junior outfielder Peter Bowles (.433, 13 H, 1 3B, 6 RBI) offensively and on the mound by freshman left-hander Bruce Zimmerman (2-0, 1.10 ERA, 16.1 IP, 6 BB, 10 K).
SCOUTING MONMOUTH: The Hawks have started the season 1-5, after winning their first game against Florida Atlantic, before dropping the next two against the Owls. Monmouth was then swept in a three-game series by No. 1 Virginia this past weekend. The Hawks are led by junior outfielder Steve Wilgus (.480, 12 H, 3 2B, 2 RBI) and senior infielder Jake Gronsky (.316, 6 H, 2 2B, 2 RBI). On the mound, the Hawks are led by Andrew McGee (1-1, 3.46 ERA, 13.0 IP, 4 BB, 7 K).
LAST WEEKEND IN DALLAS: Penn traveled to Dallas Baptist for a four-game series this past weekend, ending up only playing three games, so the team could return to Philadelphia before an oncoming winter storm. The Quakers went 0-3 on the trip, falling to the Patriots in the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday night, 5-4. Penn had led the entire way, and took a 4-1 lead into the eighth inning before surrendering two runs, followed by two more in the ninth. Saturday in game one, Penn fell behind early unable to match Dallas Baptist’s offensive output, falling 19-2. The Quakers bounced back in game two, scoring one run in each of the first five innings and two more in the sixth, to take a 7-5 lead. DBU scored once in the seventh inning and twice in the eighth, while holding Penn scoreless, to escape with an 8-7 victory over the Quakers.
EARLY POWER: The Quakers hit five solo home runs during their three games against Dallas Baptist. Austin Bossart, Rick Brebner, Marshall Harden, Ryan Mincher, and Mitch Montaldo all tallied their first round tripper of 2014.
IVY LEAGUE NOTES: Penn juniors Austin Bossart (C) and Connor Cuff (RHP) were named to the Ivy League honor roll for the week ending March 2. Bossart went 4 for 12 over the weekend, with a double, home run, and four RBI. Cuff started game one for the Quakers going six inning, allowing one unearned run, while striking out seven Dallas Baptist hitters.