PHILADELPHIA - The season is on the line for the Quakers this weekend as they travel up the road to Princeton for a four-game set with the Tigers at Clarke Field. Both Princeton and Penn are looking up at Gehrig Division leader Columbia with two weekends of play left in the race for the pennant.
The Tigers are in second place in the division with a 6-6 record (14-18 overall). Penn is in third with a 4-7 record (13-16 overall). The Quakers also have a game that is currently suspended against Yale due to darkness that could be completed if it still carries league-title implications at the end of the season.
While neither team can be effectively eliminated from the chase this weekend, a swwep by either squad will go a long way to ensuring one school will need a lot of help to reach the Ivy League Championship Series.
Penn has undoubtedly struggled as of late, losing five of six games since sweeping Harvard in Cambridge April 7. The only win for the Quakers over that span is a 5-2 win over Cornell in game one ofa four-game series. Cornell went on to take the next three - winning them all in one day after game two was suspended due to darkness. The difficulties for the Quakers carried over to Wednesday's mid-week game with La Salle. The previously 6-28 Explorers came to Meiklejohn Stadium and took the game, 8-2, on the heels of six unearned runs scored in the sixth inning.
Steve Gable continues to pace the offense for Penn. He leads the Red and Blue in batting with a .423 average. He also tops the Quakers with 47 hits, 28 RBIs, and 21 runs scored.
Freshman shortstop Dan Williams has come on as of late, raising his average to .320 while pitching in nine doubles and two home runs. Both dingers came last weekend against Cornell.
The key for Penn will be limiting the free passes allowed to hitters. Too many times this season, Penn has allowed runners to reach via walk, hit-by-pitch and error. The Quakers have given up 40 unearned runs over the course of the season.
All four games of the series can be followed via Live Stats by clicking here.