PHILADELPHIA - Making the trip to Old Westbury, N.Y., the University of Pennsylvania baseball team will take on the New York Institute of Technology on Wednesday in an out of conference match up. Penn went 3-2 last week, including an out of conference win against Lafayette in the Liberty Bell Classic.
Penn had a successful weekend, splitting doubleheaders against Darmouth and Harvard, leaving them a game back of Princeton in the Gehrig Division. The Quakers will head to Princeton on Saturday and Sunday for a pair of twin bills. Penn needed clutch a few clutch performances on Sunday to take the second game against the Crimson. Reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, Ryan Mincher drove in the tying run with two outs, down to his final strike in the ninth to force extra innings, Grant Guillory started a double play in the 10th on a hot shot to third, and Chris Rabasco's first-career hit, an RBI single, sealed the Quakers victory in the 11th.
SCOUTING NYIT: At 13-17, the NYIT Bears had an up and down weekend, sweeping Maine in a doubleheader on Friday, before getting swept on Saturday by the Black Bears. Baseball is the only Division I sport at NYIT and they compete as an Independent after the demise of the Great West Conference in 2013. As a team, the Bears are hitting .233 with 120 runs scored and 12 home runs in 30 games. As a pitching staff, they carry a 4.84 ERA and are allowing opponents to hit at a .271 clip.
MIGHTY MINCHER: Following a week that he recorded five extra-base hits and 10 RBIs, Ryan Mincher of the University of Pennsylvania's baseball team was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week. The senior from Glenshaw, Pa. hit in four of five games, going a combined 9-for-21 with two doubles, two triples, a home run and 10 RBIs to help the Quakers to three wins. Mincher had a five-RBI game against Dartmouth in game two of a doubleheader, blasting a three-run home run in the first inning and added a four-RBI performance on Sunday against Harvard, including the game-tying hit with two outs in the ninth to force extra innings.
Two weeks ago Mincher's average was at .127, now he's at .239 after going 14-for-33 over his last nine games with three home runs, two triples, three doubles, and 13 RBIs.