RICHMOND, Va. – Looking to bounce back, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team will put the early part of its spring break trip behind it, focusing its attention to a three-game series with the University of Richmond.
Penn (1-7) and the Spiders (6-6) begin their series on Fri. at 1 p.m., followed by a Sat. game at 1 p.m., concluding on Sun. at 12 p.m. Games will be played at Shepherd Stadium in Colonial Heights, Va., while Richmond’s on campus facility – Pitt Field – is being renovated.
Fans can follow the Quakers in Richmond by watching live on Spider TV ($), or following along on live stats, or Twitter - @PennBaseball.
PENN WEEKEND ROTATION: The Quakers will turn to senior right-handed pitcher Connor Cuff, senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn, and sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Cousins on the mound versus Richmond. Cuff comes in with a 0-1 record and a 1.64 ERA in two starts. Glenn is 0-2, with a 2.79 ERA and leads the pitching staff with nine strikeouts. Cousins has thrown 10.1 innings in his two starts, with a 0-1 record.
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.
BUSTING DOWN THE WALLS: Playing at the San Francisco Giants AA stadium The Diamond in Richmond, Va. against VCU, the Penn lineup hit a number of long fly balls that may have left the park in many other stadiums. In fact, in game one of the series, the first three balls off the bats of junior Gary Tesch, Austin Bossart, and junior Matt Greskoff all went to the warning track. In game two with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning and trailing 5-1, senior Mitch Montaldo a blast to left center field where the Rams center fielder had to make a running catch to escape the inning.
IVY LEAGUE NOTES: Catcher Austin Bossart is fourth in the Ivies in batting average, hitting .423, and tied for first with four stolen bases … Outfielder Matt Greskoff ranks third in RBI with eight, he also ranks third in home runs with two … Bossart and right-handed pitcher Connor Cuff both made the Ivy League honor roll this past week for their performance against Old Dominion. In two games Bossart went 5-for-7 with a double, run scored, and an RBI. Cuff went 6.0 innings in his start against the Monarchs allowing two runs, with only one earned.
SCOUTING RICHMOND: The Spiders enter the weekend series against Penn with a 6-6 record. Richmond is coming off a midweek game against No. 16 Maryland, in which the Spider fell 8-3. Offensively, Richmond has three players in double figures in the RBI column. Graduate student Michael Morman leads the team with 13 RBI, while junior Doug Kraeger has 11 RBI. Sophomore Kurtis Brown is second on the team in hitting with a .326 average, and has 10 RBI. Junior Tyler Beckwith leads the Spiders with a .362 batting average having totaled 17 hits and 12 runs scored in 12 games. On the mound Penn will see right-hander Ryan Cook (2-1, 3.68 ERA, 22.0 IP, 18 K), left-hander Zak Sterling (2-1, 3.42 ERA, 23.2 IP, 22 K), and right-hander Robbie Baker (2-1, 5.40 ERA, 15.0 IP, 12 K). Coming out of the bullpen, four different Richmond pitchers have come on in relief and earned a save this season.
LAST SEASON VS. RICHMOND: Penn traveled to Virginia last spring as well taking on the Spiders in Richmond. The Quakers were defeated in all three games of the series, falling in 11 innings in game one 6-5, 5-3 in game two, and 1-0 in the finale.