PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania baseball team will face Lafayette in the opening round of the Liberty Bell Classic on Wednesday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m at Meiklejohn Stadium. The game will be played after being pushed back a week due to rain and wet field conditions.
Penn (10-10, 4-0 Ivy) and Lafayette (7-11, 1-1 Patriot) have faced off four times already this season, playing in an earlier home-and-home doubleheader. The Quakers swept the Leopards in Philadelphia, winning 3-0 and 8-3, and split with Lafayette in Easton, Pa. losing 4-3 in extra innings, and winning 11-7.
Penn is coming into the game off of an Ivy League opening sweep over Yale on Monday, defeating the Bulldogs 6-1, and 11-9. The Quakers also had a twinbill with Brown on Tuesday, defeating the Bears twice, both games resulting in 3-2 Penn victories.
Lafayette is coming into the matchup having split its last two games versus Holy Cross before rain washed out the rest of the four-game series. The Leopards won game one, 3-2, and fell in the second game, 6-5.
You can follow the Liberty Bell Classic action online, with live stats available at PennAthletics.com, and on Twitter @PennBaseball.
SCOUTING LAFAYETTE: The Leopards have been led on offense all year by catcher Parker Hills (.296, 16 H 1 2B, 4 RBI), Tyler Hudson (.273, 12 H, 1 HR, 8 RBI), and Andrew Santomauro (.254, 18 H, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI). Lafayette has scored 119 runs in 18 games, averaging 6.61 runs per game.
SINCE THE LAST TIME THEY MET: After playing four games straight against Lafyette a week and a half ago, where the Quakers took three of four, Penn has gone 5-0, having defeated Villanova, Yale twice, and Brown twice.
The Leopards have only played twice since their last meeting with the Red and Blue splitting two games with Patriot League opponent Holy Cross. Lafayette and Holy Cross were scheduled to play two additional games, however weather postponed the matchup.
UNDEFEATED IVY LEAGUE START: The last time Penn started undefeated after its opening two matchups in the Ivy League was in 2011, when the Quakers started Ivy play 5-0, sweeping Harvard and Dartmouth at home, and winning the first of two games at Yale.
MEIKLEJOHN MAGIC: The Quakers have started off 2014, winning six straight home games at Meiklejohn Stadium. The mark surpassed a previous 5-0 start at home in 2010.