Baseball Moves Up Home Opener With Lehigh to Tuesday

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania baseball team has made a change to this week's schedule, moving up the home opener against Lehigh to Tuesday at 3 p.m. from Meiklejohn Stadium. The Quakers are set to begin their 2017 home slate after starting the season with three road and nine neutral site contests.

Tomorrow's game with Lehigh will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network for the first time this season. To view the complete ILDN schedule for this week, click here. Live stats will also be available at

GAME 13: LEHIGH (3-11) AT PENN (3-9)
TBA vs. Mitchell Holcomb (0-1, 6.23 ERA)

3-11 Streak: L2 Last: Losses to Manhattan (16-0) and Seton Hall (3-0) Sunday at the Seton Hall Tournament
The Mountain Hawks play the first game in their home state this season in Tuesday's matchup with Penn after dropping both games in the Seton Hall Tournament over the weekend. Lehigh's last victory came in the Russmatt Invitational in Babson Park, Fla., a 4-0 win over North Dakota State March 15. Lehigh also posted wins over Fairleigh Dickinson and Coppin State in the first two weeks of the 2017 campaign.

Outfielders Anthony Rinaldi (.370, 6 2B, 2 HR) and Jacen Nalesnik (.281, 4 HR, 12 RBI) lead the Mountain Hawks offensively at the top of the lineup, combining for six of the team's 15 home runs in the early going. Despite the pitching staff's 6.38 ERA through 14 games, reliever Matt Hand and starter Levi Stoudt have put together solid numbers thus far. Hand has allowed just one run in four appearances, while Stoudt's 2.08 ERA and 17 strikeouts are both tops among qualified starters.

- Tuesday's game marks the 117th all-time matchup between Penn and Lehigh, dating back to their first meeting in 1885. The Quakers lead the all-time series, 81-31-4.
*2 - Penn is 2-1 in home-openers in the John Yurkow head coaching era. The Quakers defeated Lafayette 3-0 in last year's debut at Meiklejohn Stadium.
*38 - The Quaker pitching staff combined for 38 strikeouts in the three-game series with Marist over the weekend, 22 of them coming in Sunday's 5-4, 12th inning win. Adam Bleday punched out 12 in six innings - setting a new career-high and tying for the most in a single game since Dan Gautieri in 2013.
*6 - The Quakers' 5-4 win in game three of the series was the first this season when trailing after six innings.