Baseball Heads to Villanova

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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