PHILADELPHIA - As spring break rolls on, so does the University of Pennsylvania baseball team, heading south for a three-game series with the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. this weekend.
Penn (2-6) has broken through, putting up 21 runs in a doubleheader Tuesday at Delaware State, earning the Quakers first wins of the season. The 4-1 victory in game one, was Head Coach John Yurkow’s first win in his collegiate head coaching career.
Richmond (4-10) is coming off a 16-11 loss at William & Mary on Wednesday, having previously tied and won the three games prior. The Spiders host Penn in this weekend’s three-game series before opening up Atlantic 10 play in Dayton, Ohio the following weekend.
The Quakers and Richmond kickoff their first of three games on Friday at 3 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday’s games begin at 1 p.m. at Richmond’s Pitt Field.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Fri. Penn – Connor Cuff, RHP (Jr., 0-1, 0.64 ERA, 14.0 IP, 10 H, 2 BB, 13 K)
Rich. – Dylan Stoops, LHP (R-Jr., 0-2, 1.56 ERA, 17.1 IP, 11 H, 6 BB, 15 K)
Sat. Penn – Ronnie Glenn, LHP (Jr., 0-1, 7.36 ERA, 11.0 IP, 13 H, 4 BB, 9 K)
Rich. – Zak Sterling, LHP (Jr., 1-1, 2.89 ERA, 18.2 IP, 21 H, 6 BB, 12 K)
Sun. Penn – Dan Gautieri, RHP (Jr., 0-2, 10.80 ERA, 8.1 IP, 13 H, 4 BB, 11 K)
Rich. – Zach Grossfeld, LHP (Jr., 1-1, 2.45 ERA, 14.2 IP, 14 H, 4 BB, 14 K)
SCOUTING RICHMOND: The Spiders are 4-10 to start 2014, having two wins over Fairfield and two wins over Quinnipac, and have lost close matchups to North Florida and Old Dominion. Richmond is led on offense by sophomore infielder Doug Kraeger (.271, 16 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI) and freshman infielder Kurtis Brown (.295, 13 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI). On the mound, the Spiders have a team ERA of 5.30, while allowing 160 hits over 132.1 innings pitched. Richmond pitchers have recorded 107 strikeouts, against 57 walks.
LOOKING BACK AT DELAWARE STATE: Penn scored 21 runs in its two victories against the Hornets, winning 4-1 in game one and 17-9 in game two. The Quakers amassed 21 hits, including four home runs, and produced 20 RBI on the day. Junior Jeff McGarry was the spark-plug for Penn making a two out run-saving, diving snare at first base to end a DSU threat in the fifth inning in game one. McGarry would come up to the plate in the next half inning and hit a solo home run pushing Penn to a lead that it would not relinquish.
In game two Penn jumped out 12-2 lead after three innings, on a mixture of DSU walks and timely hitting. Freshman left-handed pitcher Jack Hartman limited the Hornets to two runs through five innings, allowing only three hits, while striking out two, earning his first collegiate victory. The Quakers hit three home runs in game two, off the bats of Ryan Mincher, McGarry, and Matt McKinnon.
CUFF NAMED BIG 5 PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Junior right-handed pitcher Connor Cuff was selected as Big 5 Pitcher of the Week, for the week ending on March 9.
The Quakers ace threw eight innings of five hit, two run (one earned), baseball on Friday, March 7 in a 2-1 loss at Navy. Cuff recorded six strikeouts without issuing a walk.
In two games, Cuff has thrown 14.0 innings, allowing 10 hits of which only one has gone for extra bases. In a no decision and a loss, he has allowed only one earned run and struck out 13 batters.
Cuff was recognized as Pitcher of the Week in the Big 5 once in 2013.
IVY LEAGUE NOTES: Penn junior Connor Cuff, sophomore Marshall Harden and freshman Jake Cousins were named to the Ivy League honor roll for the week ending March 9. Harden was 4-for-11 in three games in Annapolis, with a double and 2 RBI. Cousins pitched two innings in relief against Towson, allowing no runs, while striking out three. Cuff was recognized for his performance against Navy.