PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania baseball team began Ivy play this past week with a 3-1 record over four games versus Rolfe Division opponents Dartmouth and Harvard. This weekend the Quakers will wrap up games with the other half of the league, traveling to face Yale and Brown in doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
Penn (8-9, 3-1 Ivy) has won its last three games, and four of its last five. The Red and Blue have claimed all three of their Ivy League wins with walk-off heroics, including twice against the Crimson on Monday.
Against Yale (8-9, 2-2 Ivy) and Brown (6-14, 2-2 Ivy), Penn will have to take the lead and hold it heading into the last half of the final inning, playing on the road.
Fans can follow the Quakers this weekend with live stats and audio at Yale on Saturday, and on Sunday at Brown with live stats. Updates on the weekend will also be available on Twitter - @PennBaseball. First pitch for game one of doubleheaders both days is 12 p.m.
SCOUTING YALE: The Bulldogs enter the weekend with an 8-9 overall record and 2-2 Ivy record. Last weekend Yale dropped its first two Ivy games versus Cornell, before sweeping Princeton in two games on Sunday. Other notable wins for the Elis have come at Davidson, at George Mason, and at Towson. On offense Yale is led by sophomore Richard Slenker (.409, 4 2B, 1 HR, 12 RBI) and senior Eric Hsieh (.424, 13 R, 3 2B, 7 RBI).
PROBABLE PITCHERS FOR YALE: On the mound, the Bulldogs will go with junior right-handed pitcher Chris Lanham (5.67 ERA, 2-2, 27.0 IP, 19 K)in game one, and another junior right-hander in game two, Chris Moates (8.41 ERA, 1-1, 21.0 IP, 20 K).
LAST SEASON VS. THE BULLDOGS: In 2014 Penn opened Ivy League play with Yale at home, winning 6-1 in game one and 11-9 in game two. Austin Bossart went 3-for-3 in the first game, and Jeff McGarry had two RBI in the win. Pitcher Dan Gautieri pitched a seven inning complete game, picking up the win. In game two Jake Cousins picked up the victory throwing 4.1 innings in relief. Matt McKinnon collected two hits.
SCOUTING BROWN: The Bears are entering the weekend with a 6-14 overall record and a 2-2 Ivy League record. Brown split both series last weekend with Princeton and Cornell. The Bears will face Columbia on Saturday before hosting Penn Sunday. Brown took two of three games from Georgetown in late March and split a two game series at George Mason before Ivy play. The Bears are led on offense by sophomore Rob Henry (.373, 20 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI) and junior Jake Levine (.344, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI). Junior Noah Shulman leads the team with 14 RBI.
PROBABLE PITCHERS FOR BROWN: The Bears will turn to senior right-handed pitcher Taylor Wright (4.91 ERA, 0-1, 11.0 IP, 6 K) in game one on Sunday. Game two is to be determined.
LAST SEASON VS. THE BEARS: Penn edged Brown twice last season, winning both games 3-2 at Meiklejohn Stadium. Connor Cuff and Jack Hartman picked up wins, while Mike Reitcheck tallied a save in both games. In the game one victory Jeff McGarry went 3-for-3 with a RBI, and Ryan Micher collected two hits.
PENN PROBABLE PITCHERS: The Quakers will turn to senor right-handed pitcher Connor Cuff (1.80 ERA, 1-1, 25.0 IP, 15 K) in game one Saturday at Yale, followed by sophomore left-handed pitcher Mike Reitcheck (1.96 ERA, 2-1, 23.0 IP, 8 K). At Brown Sunday, senior left-hander Ronnie Glenn (2.28 ERA, 1-2, 23.2 IP, 22 K) will get the ball in game one, and then sophomore right-hander Jake Cousins (2.95 ERA, 1-1, 21.1 IP, 11 K) in game two for the Quakers.
GLENN – IVY LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Pitching twice this past week, Penn senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week. Highlighting the week was Glenn’s nine inning, complete game, victory over Harvard on Monday. The Quakers won 2-1 in the extra inning game, where Glenn allowed just one run in the top of the first inning before throwing eight scoreless frames. In his first victory this spring, he struck out five Crimson batters. On Tuesday last week, Glenn started the round one Liberty Bell Classic game versus SJU, working five innings, allowing two runs, while striking out eight. Glenn (1-2, 2.28 ERA) leads Penn in strikeouts with 22, and is tied for seventh in the Ivy League. He is currently averaging 8.37 strikeouts per game.
IVY LEAGUE NOTES: Three of Penn’s core four starting pitchers are in the top five of the Ivy League in ERA (Cuff-1.80, Reitcheck-1.96, Glenn-2.28) … Senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn is just outside the top five in strikeouts with 22, he ranks seventh averaging 8.37 per game … Senior infielder Mitch Montaldo is tied for third in the league with three home runs. He is also tied for 10th in the league in doubles, with six, and is 10th in the league in slugging-percentage, .484 … Junior outfielder Matt Greskoff ranks ninth in RBI with 13, while Montaldo is tied for 10th, with 12 … Senior catcher Austin Bossart is tied for 10th in the Ivies in OBP, .413.
TOP PERFORMER ON D1BASEBALL.COM: Senior infielder Mitch Montaldo was recognized as one of the top mid-major performers in the nation on Wednesday, after going 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI versus Saint Peter's. Click here for more.
QUAKER HITTING STREAK: At the plate for Penn, junior outfielder Gary Tesch continued hitting well, collecting two hits in the game with Saint Peter’s on Wednesday. Tesch has now totaled at least one hit in his last seven games.
NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR GLENN: Penn senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn was selected as one of 30 candidates nationwide for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate baseball. The award recognizes student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, candidates must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. For more on Glenn’s impressive accolades please click here.