Philadelphia, Pa. Penn senior left-handed pitcher Josh Appell was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week for earning his first win of the season with a 13-strike out complete game performance against Columbia on March 25.
Appell struck out a career-high 13 batters in Penn's Ivy League opening, 7-2, victory over Columbia. The senior southpaw fanned at least one Lion in each of his seven innings on the mound, punching out a pair in five frames and striking out the side in the second inning. The lefty sat down seven with the batter taking the third strike and at one point, struck out five straight Columbia hitters. Appell scattered just four hits and allowed only two runs in the first Penn complete game thrown this season. He now leads the team with 25 strike outs in four appearances.
Not only does Appell pace Penn in strike outs but the Woodmere, N.Y. native also leads in starts (four) and batters struck out looking (nine), a statistic for which he currently ranks third in the Ivy League. The Hewlett graduate is averaging 6.25 punch outs per game and fans at least one batter per inning pitched (1.25 K/IP).
Penn is currently 6-10 on the year, 6-2 since returning from its spring trip to the West Coast, and holds a 3-1 mark in Ivy League play. The Quakers travel up the Blue Route to face Villanova in the semifinals of the 2005 Liberty Bell Classic on March 30. The Red and Blue resume Ivy play with a pair of doubleheaders with Dartmouth and Harvard on April 2-3 at Murphy Field. Both League series can be heard live on www.pennathletics.com.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications