Baseball ? 2015 Season in Review

PHILADELPHIA – In year two under Head Coach John Yurkow, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team continued its success from Yurkow’s first season. Penn finished the spring with a 22-15 overall record including a 16-4 Ivy League record, the most Ivy wins in a single season in program history.

Penn had 10 individuals earn accolades between the Ivy League and Big 5 this past spring, including the Ivy League Co-Player of the Year and Big 5 Player of the Year in senior catcher Austin Bossart.

Bossart was First-team All-Ivy as a catcher for the second consecutive season, after hitting .358 during the season with 27 RBI and recording no errors while throwing out 53-percent of baserunners behind the plate. He also finished as a national semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s top catcher.

First-team All-Ivy players for Penn this season were Bossart, sophomore left-handed pitcher Mike Reitcheck, senior shortstop Mitch Montaldo, senior outfielder Connor Betbeze, and junior outfielder Matt Greskoff.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Cousins, senior first baseman Matt McKinnon, and junior second baseman Ryan Mincher earned Second-team All-Ivy for Penn, while senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn and senior third baseman Jeff McGarry were named Honorable mention All-Ivy.

In the Big 5, Penn was named Team of the Year, along with Yurkow winning Coach of the Year. Bossart was named Big 5 Player of the Year, while Reitcheck was named Big 5 Pitcher of the Year. Other Quakers named All-Big 5 were McKinnon, Montaldo, and Cousins. Glenn was named to the Big 5 All-Academic team.

Over the course of the year Penn senior Ronnie Glenn was recognized for his accomplishments on and off the field as a Quaker. Glenn was selected as one of the 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award®, along with being one of 18 finalist for the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby Fans’ Choice Award. Earlier in the year, he was selected as one of the 24 national semifinalists for the Athletes for a Better World’s Wooden Citizenship Cup.

Glenn was also named one of Penn’s two Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District® First-team members, alongside teammate Matt McKinnon.

During the spring, Penn competed at the top of the Ivy League. With the 16 Ivy wins, the Quakers finished in a tie for first atop the Ivy Gehrig Division with Columbia, playing in a one-game playoff for the second consecutive season, which the Lions won. Penn finished 9-3 in their half of the Ivies, during the regular season, and 7-1 against the Rolfe Division.

In one weekend in two games at Yale and two games at Brown in April, the Quakers offense totaled 54 hits, 29 of which went for extra bases. The Quakers hit 13 home runs, one triple, and 15 doubles. They also totaled 51 RBI, scoring 52 runs.

Offensively in 2015, Penn tied for sixth in program history after hitting 34 home runs, and was fifth all-time with 87 doubles.

In two seasons, Yurkow has compiled 46 wins, including a 31-9 record against Ivy League opponents.