UPDATE: The Penn versus Lafayettegame scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturdayat Meiklejohn Stadium, was canceleddue to field conditions after snow all day in Philadelphia on Friday. The Quakers and Leopards are now scheduled to play a doubleheader on Sunday at Meiklejohn Stadium beginning at 1 p.m. Stay tuned to PennAthletics.com and Twitter - @PennBaseball for most up to date information.
PHILADELPHIA – Weather has wreaked havoc on the University of Pennsylvania baseball schedule thus far in 2015, and it continues to do so in preparation for the Quakers weekend series with Lafayette.
With snow still falling in Philadelphia Friday afternoon, Penn (1-8) and Lafayette (2-6) are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Meiklejohn Stadium. Please note the start time is pushed back one hour, than previously scheduled. The Quakers and Leopards are also scheduled to play a doubleheader on Sunday, beginning at 12 p.m., at Meiklejohn.
The four-game series was originally scheduled to be a home-and-home doubleheader, playing at Lafayette on Saturday, and then at home on Sunday, but was altered due to unplayable field conditions in Easton, Pa.
For the most up to date information stay tuned to PennAthletics.com and on Twitter - @PennBaseball. Fans can follow the action on the field this weekend with live stats and Twitter.
SCOUTING LAFAYETTE: The Leopards have begun the season 2-6, and like Penn have seen the weather shift the schedule multiple times. All eight games Lafayette has played were in South Carolina versus a variety of opponents. The team has wins over UMBC and Charleston Southern, and losses versus UMBC, Richmond, and The Citadel. The Leopards are led offensively by freshman infielder Steven Cohen (.360, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI) and junior infielder Tyler Hudson (.290, 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI).
WEDNESDAY VS. VILLANOVA: Penn fell in its home opener versus the Wildcats Wednesday, 9-4. With the game tied 1-1 through four innings, Villanova broke the game open scoring seven runs on three hits, four walks and three Penn errors in the top of the fifth inning. Penn out-hit Villanova nine to seven in the game, despite the loss. The Quakers were led offensively by junior outfielder Gary Tesch, who was 2-for-4 on the afternoon, with a home run. Junior Matt Greskoff, and seniors Austin Bossart and Mitch Montaldo, also each had two hits, with Greskoff and Bossart picking up RBIs. Bossart also recorded a stolen base, and threw out a Villanova baserunner behind the plate. Starting on the mound for the Red and blue was sophomore right-handed pitcher Mitchell Hammonds (0-2), working 4.0 innings allowing four runs, while striking out six Wildcats batters. Villanova’s Mike Sgaramella (3-1) picked up his third win of the season, allowing two runs in 5.0 innings, while also striking out six. Making his third appearance out of the bullpen this season, sophomore right-hander Nick Pedalino gave Penn 2.0 innings of scoreless relief allowing just one hit, while striking out one. In 3.2 innings of work this season, Pedalino has allowed just two baserunners, and has struck out two batters.
LEVISION NAMED IVY LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Freshman Jakob Levison went 4-for-12 (.333) in three games this past week, one at Old Dominion and two at VCU. All singles, the outfielder also was hit by a pitch and scored two runs in the three contests. Defensively, Levison recorded four putouts for the Quakers in left field, and added an outfield assist in game two at VCU this past Wednesday.
IVY LEAGUE NOTES: At the beginning of the week catcher Austin Bossart was fifth in the Ivies in batting average, hitting .423, and tied for second with four stolen bases … Outfielder Matt Greskoff ranked fourth in RBI with eight, he also ranked tied for third in home runs with two … Senior Mitch Montaldo and sophomore right-handed pitcher Mitchell Hammonds both made the Ivy League honor roll this past week for their performance against VCU. Montaldo hit .300 in three games, with a double, home run, and run scored, while driving in five Penn runs. In his first collegiate start, Hammonds went 5.1 innings allowing three runs, while striking out three, in a 5-1 defeat.
BOSSART NAMED TO JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST: For the third consecutive season, Penn catcher Austin Bossart has been named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list. The senior catcher has started every game in his Penn career, entering the 2015 season with 124 hits, 21 doubles, five triples, and seven home runs, along with driving in 61 base runners. He also has thrown out almost 40-percent of baserunners (50-of-126). Thus far in 2015, Bossart is hitting .423, with a double, home run, and four RBI. He also has stolen four bases. Defensively, he has thrown out five baserunners. Bossart has been named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list previously in 2014 and 2013.