Baseball Earns Top Big 5 Honors; Team of the Year

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania baseball team earned multiple honors this spring in the Big 5 including Team of the Year, Coach of the Year for John Yurkow, Player of the Year for Austin Bossart, and Pitcher of the Year for Mike Reitcheck.

In addition to the Bossart and Reitcheck, Matt McKinnon, Mitch Montaldo, and Jake Cousins were named to the All-Big 5 team, and Ronnie Glenn was named to the Big 5 All-Academic team.

Senior Austin Bossart was named Big 5 Player of the Year, and to the All-Big 5 team as a catcher, after hitting .358 this spring with 13 doubles, four home runs, and 27 RBI. He slugged .540 with a .420 on-base percentage, with 13 walks, while being hit by a pitch six times. Behind the plate, Bossart made no errors fielding 1.000 in 246 chances, and threw out 53-percent of baserunners attempting to steal (17 of 32). He was a national semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, after being on the watch list the past three seasons.

Earning Big 5 Pitcher of the Year in his first year as a starting pitcher, sophomore Mike Reitcheck posted a 5-3 record with a 1.72 ERA in seven starts, and nine overall appearances. He compiled 57.2 innings pitched allowing just 11 earned runs, while striking out 34 batters. The opposition hit only .235 against the left-hander on the mound. Reitcheck was also named All-Big 5 as a pitcher.

McKinnon, a senior first baseman, hit .333 this spring with eight doubles, two triples, and two home runs, while driving in 26 runs. He also fielded .990, making only two errors while playing first base for the Quakers.

In his senior season playing shortstop, Montaldo drove in 33 runs this spring, with 10 home runs and 14 doubles. The shortstop slugged .621 in his final season and totaled 82 bases.

The right-handed sophomore Cousins went 5-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 50.1 inning pitched. He struck out 33 batters, while opponents batted just .213 against him on the mound.

Glenn a senior left-handed pitcher went 4-3 with a 3.12 ERA, and led the team with 48 strikeouts, while throwing five complete games.

As Big 5 Team of the Year, Penn posted a 22-15 overall record, including a 16-4 Ivy League record in Big 5 Coach of the Year Yurkow’s second season at the helm of the Quakers.

2015 All-Big 5 Team
C – Austin Bossart, Penn
1B – Matt McKinnon, Penn
2B – Todd Czinege, Villanova
SS – Mitch Montaldo, Penn
3B – Stefan Kancylarz, Saint Joseph’s
3B - Josh Savakinus, La Salle
OF – John Brue, Saint Joseph’s
OF – Cameron Johnson, La Salle
OF – Justin Korenblatt, La Salle
DH – Joey Ravert, La Salle
SP – Jake Cousins, Penn
SP – Luke Reilly, La Salle
SP – Mike Reitcheck, Penn
SP – Mike Sgaramella, Villanova
RP – Justin Aungst, Saint Joseph’s

Player of the Year – Austin Bossart, Penn
Pitcher of the Year – Mike Reitcheck, Penn
Rookie of the Year – Deon Stafford, Saint Joseph’s
Team of the Year – Penn
Coach of the Year – John Yurkow, Penn

Big 5 All-Academic Team
Taylor Boyd, Saint Joseph’s
Ronnie Glenn, Penn
Kagan Richardson, Villanova
Ryan Welling, La Salle

Student-Athlete of the Year – Ryan Welling, La Salle