PHILADELPHIA – After beginning the Ivy League schedule 4-0, its best league start since 2011, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team takes it perfect Ivy League mark, along with a seven-game winning streak, to Massachusetts and New Hampshire this weekend to face Harvard and Dartmouth.
Penn (11-10, 4-0 Ivy) has begun to find its rhythm offensively after beginning the season 2-9. In that start, eight of their nine losses were by two runs or less. The Quakers have now won their last seven straight games, outscoring opponents 57-27 in that span.
The Quakers will arrive in Cambridge, Mass. to face Harvard (5-14, 1-1 Ivy) in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, beginning at 12 p.m. In 2013, Penn and the Crimson split their two game series in Philadelphia with the Quakers winning the first game, 4-1, dropping the second, 6-3.
After Saturday, Penn will travel to face Dartmouth (4-13, 1-3 Ivy) on Sunday in a doubleheader, also beginning at 12 p.m. The Quakers swept Dartmouth at home last year, winning both games by the score 3-2.
SCOUTING HARVARD: The Crimson are led offensively junior Jack Colton (.269, 21 H, 3 2B, 10 RBI), senior Carlton Bailey (.385, 15 H, 1 2B, 7 RBI), and senior Kyle Larrow (.289, 22 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 8 RBI). On the mound Harvard has a team ERA of 4.17, and has struck out 119 batters in 157 2/3 innings.
SCOUTING DARTMOUTH: On offense, the Big Green are led by senior Thomas Roulis (.306, 19 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 9 RBI), and Jeff Keller (.303, 20 H, 9 2B, 1 3B, 7 RBI). Dartmouth has a 6.50 team ERA, and has 65 strikeouts in 142 2/3 innings.
UNDEFEATED IVY LEAGUE START: The Quakers have started their 2014 Ivy Leauge play 4-0, the last time they started undefeated after their opening two matchups in the league was in 2011. Penn started Ivy play 5-0 that year, sweeping Harvard and Dartmouth at home, and winning the first of two games at Yale, before falling to the Bulldogs.
BREBNER NAMED IVY LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Penn senior outfielder Rick Brebner hit .364 (8-for-22), with four doubles, a home run, and 10 RBI in five Quaker wins to earn Ivy League Player of the Week for the week ending on April 1.
Against Villanova last Thursday, Brebner totaled three hits, all doubles, while driving in two runs, and scoring three times. In the second game of two against Yale on Monday, he collected four hits, including a home run, while driving in four Quaker runs.
Brebner earned his second career Ivy League weekly award, as he was Rookie of the Week on May 3, 2011. His honor gave the Quakers back-to-back Player of the Week awards for the first time since April 5-12, 2011, when the honors went to Jeremy Maas and Greg Zebrack. Sophomore Gary Tesch was named Player of the Week on March 25.
POWER RANKINGS: As of March 30, Penn remained in the top-10 in the nation in home runs per game, with 15 home runs in 16 games, for an average of 0.94. Since then, in five games, the Quakers have hit eight home runs to boost their totals to 23 home runs in 21 games, pushing their average to 1.10 per game.
HOME WINNING STREAK: Penn has started the season winning seven straight home games at Meiklejohn Stadium. The start has now surpassed, the Quakers most recent streak, when they started 5-0 at home in 2010.