PHILADELPHIA - Fresh off nine games in nine days in the Sunshine State, the Quakers play their first baseball game up north, when they travel to Temple for a battle with the Owls on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Penn is 3-6 after its annual trip to Florida, with a pair of victories over Big East foe Georgetown and one over Maine as well.
Last Time Out
The Red and Blue had a late inning comeback fall just short on Sunday in their finale against the Hoyas, losing 5-4. Penn found themselves down 5-0 after two innings, but climbed back within three with two runs in the third. With freshman Matt Gotschall silencing the Georgetown bats, the Quakers made it a one-run game with two runs in the seventh, 5-4. The comeback fell short though as Penn registered just one hit over the final two innings.
Scouting the Quakers
Hitting: The Red and Blue are hitting.268 while slugging .353 with a .361 on-base percentage over the season's first nine game. Senior Jeremy Maas leads the team with a .371 average, 13 hits, seven runs, six RBI and two home runs. The senior also has steals in each of his three attempts. Freshman Brandon Engelhardt has also been a catalyst as the team's leadoff hitter. He is batting .351 with a team-high eight RBI and also has two doubles, a triple and three steals for the Red and Blue.
Pitching: The Quakers have seen their pitching improve this season with a team ERA of 4.56. In 79.0 innings Penn has allowed just 40 earned runs while striking out 63 batters and holding opponents to a .281 batting average. Senior Paul Cusick or sophomore John Beasley will likely get the start against the Owls. Cusick was lights out in his last outing, tossing 8.1 scoreless innings and only allowing a pair of singles while striking out five batters. Beasley has also pitched well, appearing in a team-high five games this season. In his last four appearances, over 3.0 innings, he hasn't allowed an earned run while striking out four batters.
Following the Red and Blue
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Scouting the Owls
Hitting: Temple has won five games in a row after starting the season 3-5 and has scored at least nine runs in four of their last five games. The Owls are hitting .366 this season, with two regulars hitting over .420. Senior Byron McKoy leads the team with a .441 average and has 16 runs, 13 RBI, four doubles and five steals in 59 at-bats. Junior catcher Taylor Juran is hitting .425 on the season, with ten runs, 14 RBI and three triples.
Junior righty Jimmy Devine will be getting the ball for Temple on Tuesday. He has a 2-1 record in four appearances with a 1.80 ERA. He has allowed two earned runs while walking six and striking out 14 over 10.0 innings of work. Batters are currently hitting .243 off of him.
The Quakers haven't lost to Temple since 2006 and own a three-game win streak against the Owls. Last year Penn won 12-6 as nine different pitchers combined to allow five earned runs and strike out five. Senior Dan Williams hit a pair of home runs in the game and finished the game with four RBI