PHILADELPHIA After completing a sweep of Harvard in Cambridge on Monday, Penn is right back on the field on Tuesday as they travel to Villanova for an afternoon matinee. The Wildcats hold a 49=34 edge in the all-time series with Penn. The two teams last met in 2006, with Villanova winning two games, 15-6 and 10-7.
The Quakers are 11-11 on the season while the Wildcats are 13-15. Nova has won five in a row including a three-game sweep of Georgetown last weekend.
Steve Gable is one of the hottest hitters in the Ivy League if not the country. He is batting .465 and is riding an 18-game hitting streak. He leads the team in five major offensive categories average (.465), hits (40), runs (20), RBI (24), on-base percentage (.535).
Another Quaker who is on a hot streak is Tom Grandieri. The sophomore who transferred to Penn from Villanova before this season has hit in five-straight games to raise his average from .300 to .353. He was 6-for-9 in the two games against Harvard on Monday with four runs scored and four RBIs.
The Wildcats defend their home field very well they are 9-1 at home this season. They possess three players who have each hit four home runs Joe Cotter, James Dolbier and Dan Terpak.
Jordan Ellis is arguably their top starter. He is 3-2 with a 4.20 ERA over seven starts and has struck out 42 batters in 40.2 innings of work. Josh Eidell is their closer and has four saves. His overall record, however, is 1-3 with a 7.52 ERA.
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