The game scheduled for April 22, at 3:45 p.m. between the University of Pennsylvannia baseball team and Philadelphia University has been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather. Penn will play next in a four-game series Saturday and Sunday versus Ivy League division rival Columbia.
PHILADELPHIA – In a final tuneup for its Ivy League Gehrig Division showdown with Columbia this weekend, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team hosts Philadelphia University at Meiklejohn Stadium Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 3:45 p.m.
Penn (20-12) is coming off a four-game sweep of Ivy rival Princeton this past weekend, with Philadelphia (12-20) playing Chestnut Hill on Tuesday before facing the Quakers on Wednesday.
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SCOUTING PHILADELPHIA UNIV.: Before their game on Tuesday with Chestnut Hill, the Rams have lost their last five matchups. Philadelphia is 5-12 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play, and have a highlight, 3-2, win over Villanova in March. The Rams are led on offense by senior catcher John Brocious (.311, 9 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 22 RBI), and junior outfielder Fernando Garza (.296, 9 2B, 1 3B, 16 RBI). On the mound, junior left-hander Abraham Almonte leads the team with a 1.21 ERA.
BIG 5 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK: For the second consecutive week senior first baseman Matt McKinnon earned Big 5 Player of the Week, and sophomore left-handed pitcher Mike Reitcheck earned Big 5 Pitcher of the Week for the University of Pennsylvania baseball team. It is the third consecutive week that Penn players have swept the awards, after senior outfielder Connor Betbeze and senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn earned the Big 5 honors on April 6. The senior left-handed first baseman extended his hitting streak to 10 games, before it ended in the second game against Princeton on Sunday. McKinnon went 7-for-20 (.350) in the final six games of the streak, with eight RBI and a double and home run. He also scored five runs for Penn. For the second consecutive start, Reitcheck went 8.0 innings in an Ivy League outing, picking up his fifth win of the season (5-1) against Princeton on Saturday. Reitcheck’s shutout performance through eight innings helped lower his overall ERA to 1.81 on the season, in 44.2 innings pitched.
IVY LEAGUE NOTES: Penn has two players in the top five of the Ivy League in batting average – senior first baseman Matt McKinnon is tied for second (.357), and senior catcher Austin Bossart is fourth (.353) … Senior Mitch Montaldo leads the Ivies in home runs (9), and is tied for second in RBI (31). Montaldo is fifth in doubles (13) … McKinnon is sixth in the league in RBI (26), and junior outfielder Matt Greskoff is tied for eighth (24) … Penn as a team leads the Ivies in batting average (.300), doubles (76), and home runs (31) … On the mound, Mike Reitcheck leads the league in ERA (1.81) and is second in the league in wins (5) … Also in the top-10 in the Ivies in ERA are senior right-handed pitcher Connor Cuff in third (2.33), sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Cousins in fifth (2.59), and Ronnie Glenn in seventh (2.68) … Glenn is third in the league in strikeouts (43), and is averaging 8.86 per game … With two saves, sophomore right-hander Mitchell Hammonds is sixth in the league … As a team on the mound, Penn leads the Ivies with a 3.34 ERA in 256.0 innings pitched. The Quakers have allowed just 95 earned runs … The staff has also allowed the fewest hits (243), 58 less than their closest competitor (Columbia, 301).
NCAA NOTES: Penn currently ranks in the top-15 nationally in two offensive categories – doubles per game (11th, 2.38) and slugging percentage (12th, 0.473) … The Quakers are also top-25 in the country in home runs per game (23rd, 0.97) and batting average (24th, 0.300) … They are also ranked 40th in total home runs (31) and 42nd in overall doubles (76) …On the mound, Penn is ranked 48th in the country in ERA (3.34) … Individually, Mitch Montaldo is ranked 36th in home runs (9), with the leader Andrew Benintendi from Arkansas having hit 14. Montaldo is also ranked 38th in slugging percentage (0.647) … Mike Reitcheck is 40th in the country in individual ERA (1.81).