PHILADELPHIA – Playing in its home opener in the 2014 season, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team hosts Lafayette Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. at Meiklejohn Stadium.
In its first of four games this weekend, Penn (2-9) will be playing at home for the first time this spring. The Quakers will face the Leopards (5-7) at home on Saturday, before heading to Lafayette on Sunday for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.
Penn was scheduled to play Big 5 opponent Villanova this past Wednesday, but the game was postponed due to rain. A makeup date has not been announced.
In 2013, Penn and Lafayette squared off five times, with the Quakers winning four of those contests. The only loss for the Red and Blue came in an 8-6 decision in 10 innings.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Sat. (#1) Penn: Connor Cuff, RHP (Jr., 0-1, 1.35 ERA, 20.0 IP, 19 H, 3 BB, 18 K)
Laf.: Connor Ortolf, LHP (Sr., 1-2, 2.70 ERA, 26.2 IP, 23 H, 7 BB, 11 K)
Sat. (#2) Penn: Ronnie Glenn, LHP (Jr., 0-2, 7.31 ERA, 16.0 IP, 21 H, 6 BB, 11 K)
Laf.: Mitch Leeds, RHP (So., 0-1, 2.45 ERA, 14.2 IP, 16 H, 6 BB, 7 K)
Sun. (#1) Penn: Dan Gautieri, RHP (Jr., 0-3, 6.91 ERA, 14.1 IP, 20 H, 6 BB, 16 K)
Laf.: David Bednar, RHP (Fr., 1-1, 0.00 ERA, 12.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 11 K)
Sun. (#2) Penn: Jack Hartman, LHP (Fr., 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 8.0 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K)
SCOUTING LAFAYETTE: The Leopards have two wins against George Washington and a three-game sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson, for its five wins on the season. Offensively they are led by junior catcher Parker Hills (.333, 12 H, 1 2B, 2 RBI), and sophomore infielder Tyler Hudson (.281, 9 H, 1 HR, 6 RBI). Senior outfielder Andrew Santomauro and junior utility player Tim Lazor also have six RBIs for Lafayette.
POSTPONED AT VILLANOVA: The Penn versus Villanova game scheduled for 3:15 p.m. on March 19 was postponed due to rain. A makeup date has not been announced.
OVER THE WEEKEND IN RICHMOND: Penn lost three games to the Spiders by a total of four runs. Falling 6-5 in extra innings on Friday, junior outfielder Connor Betbeze had put the Quakers ahead in the top of the 11th inning with a two-run home run to right field, after a Brandon Engelhardt walk.
On Saturday, sophomore shortstop Ryan Mincher collected two hits, while scoring two runs in a 5-3 defeat. Senior right-handed pitcher Cody Thomson pitched two scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit, while striking out two.
Sunday saw Penn’s Dan Gautieri throw six innings with five strikeouts, allowing only one run, before handing the ball over to reliever Jack Hartman, who pitched two scoreless innings. Junior first baseman Jeff McGarry tallied two hits on the day, but the Quakers were unable to score, falling 1-0.
McGARRY NAMED BIG 5 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The junior first baseman had a breakout week going 10-for-19 (.526), totaling seven RBI, while hitting two home runs, and scoring six runs, earning himself the Big 5 Player of the Week, for the week ending on March 16.
PENN POWER: Penn is currently ranked fourth in the country in home runs per game. The Quakers have hit a total of 13 home runs in 11 games, averaging 1.18 per game. Only Georgia Southern (29 HR, 1.45/gm), Tennessee Tech (24 HR, 1.20/gm), and Davidson (19 HR, 1.19/gm) are ahead of Penn in the category.
IVY LEAGUE NOTES: The Quakers Dan Gautieri, Jack Hartman, and Jeff McGarry were named to the Ivy League honor roll for the week ending on March 16. McGarry was recognized for his outstanding week at the plate, hitting .526 (10-for-19), while Gautieri was recognized for his start against Richmond. Jack Hartman was named to the honor roll for picking up his first collegiate win, in his first start, throwing five innings against Delaware State, allowing two runs, while striking out two.