PHILADELPHIA - Joseph W. Blood Head Coach of Baseball, John Cole has named seniors Joey Boaen, Doug Brown and Josh Corn his captains for the 2007 season.
Despite missing the last 11 games of the season with a broken hand, Boaen led the Quakers with a .349 batting average last season. He also belted four home runs and had a .596 slugging percentage. Boaen was an All-Diamond Five selection and an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II First-Team member.
“Joey gives us a go-to guy at the top of the order,” said Cole. “He brings a lot of energy to our team and we expect him to really be a presence at the top of the lineup. His personal characteristics and make-up are what we are looking for as a leader and an ambassador for our program.”
Brown joined Boaen on the All-Diamond Five team in addition to earning honorable mention All-Ivy honors in 2006. The hard-throwing right-hander emerged as one of the top relievers in the Ancient Eight last season, nailing down a team-best four saves and five wins out of the bullpen. Brown also led the Quakers in strikeouts (38), ERA (3.70) and opponent’s batting average (.259) while setting the school’s single-season record with 23 appearances.
“Doug gives us a chance to close down games late,” Cole said. “He has strikeout stuff and is a great competitor. We will try to get the game to him as many times as possible. His toughness and resiliency will be counted on to a lead a young group of pitchers.”
Corn finished just three points behind Boaen for the team lead in batting average last season, hitting .346. He led the team in runs scored (30), on-base percentage (.429), hits (46) and tied for first in total bases (67). Corn was just as stellar behind the dish, throwing out 20 of 48 base stealers. His efforts in 2006 earned him second-team All-Ivy honors. This season he will provide leadership to a young pitching staff.
“Josh will be a calming influence behind the plate to our rapidly developing young pitching staff,” remarked Cole. “His maturity and ability to handle pressure is a source of strength for our team. He is an outstanding person who understands his role as a leader.”
Penn gets its season underway the first week in March when they head to Boca Raton, Fla. for spring break.