PHILADELPHIA Penn welcomes Cornell to Meiklejohn Stadium for a four-game series this weekend in the first Gehrig Division games in the Ivy League for both teams. The Quakers are 11-12-1 this season and are 3-4-1 in Ivy games. The Big Red are 7-16 and 1-7 in Ancient Eight games. Cornell has struggled on the road, winning only once away from Ithaca while losing nine. Penn has had trouble defending its home field and has a 6-6-1 record at Meiklejohn Stadium in 2008.
The Quakers will look to bounce back from a 16-2 defeat at the hands of Villanova on Tuesday against the Big Red. The game against the Wildcats was Penn’s fifth in three days and the Red and Blue struggled to find a rhythm on the mound and at the plate. The three days of rest should allow the pitching staff to be at full strength.
Freshman pitcher Sam Gilbert is 3-0 over his seven appearances (two starts) and has yet to give up a run. Last time on the hill, he threw 5.2 innings against Harvard, scattering seven hits and striking out six in Penn’s 5-0 win.
Steve Gable leads the Ivy League in batting average at .451. He is in the midst of a 19-game hitting streak and was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Tuesday for his performance against Saint Joseph’s, Dartmouth and Harvard last week.
Sunday’s doubleheader is Little League Day at Meiklejohn Stadium. All Little Leaguers who wear their uniform will receive a free hot dog, soda and copy of the 2008 media guide.