PHILADELPHIA - It's a big weekend for the University of Pennsylvania baseball team, with four games against the Gehrig Division leading Princeton Tigers. Penn is coming off a tough mid-week loss to NYIT, but will try to regroup for a rivalry showdown.
Making the trek to Long Island, New York, Penn took a 6-5 loss to the Bears in 12 innings on Wednesday. Penn held a lead three different times, but the Bears found a way to battle back and defeat the Quakers in extras. Matt Greskoff hit his fifth home run of the year and Tim Graul went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the defeat.
SCOUTING PRINCETON: At 14-13 and 6-2 in the conference, Princeton has the best overall and Ivy records. The Tigers are riding a three-game win-streak after a weekend sweep of Brown, including a 25-7 dismantling of the Bears in game two, and a 9-4 win over St. John's on Wednesday. Princeton is fifth in the Ivys in hitting at .251, but second in ERA with a 4.20 mark as a staff. The Tigers have scored more runs than any other team in the conference this season, with 139 runners crossing the plate in 27 games.
LEADING THE WAY: Penn has continued to lead the Ivy League is several categories. Penn is tops in the Ancient Eight in average (.268), home runs (20), hits (254), slugging percentage (.393), and ERA (3.77). Individually, Gary Tesch leads the circuit in average (.376), Gabe Kleiman leads in ERA (1.82), Matt Greskoff is tied for the lead in home runs (5), Billy Lescher is also tied for the lead in wins (4), and Jake Nelson's four saves are also tops.
I CHALLENGE YOU TO A DUEL: Game one on Saturday is shaping up to be a pitcher's duel with the seven-inning affair being started by the Ivy leaders in wins. Penn will send Billy Lescher (4-1, 2.48) to the mound and Princeton will throw Cameron Mingo (4-2, 3.31)