PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers host defending Lou Gehrig Division champion Cornell this Saturday and Sunday in a pair of doubleheaders at Meiklejohn Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for noon both days.
The Penn baseball team is an even 14-14 on the season and 4-4 in Ivy League play. The Red and Blue have won two of their last three, with the only loss being a 3-2 11 inning affair with Dartmouth. Cornell, meanwhile, has struggled to an 8-14 record this year with a 2-6 mark in the league. On Wednesday, The Big Red won two over Le Moyne, to snap their five game losing streak.
Last Time Out: Getting The Job Done
The Quakers didn't play their best game of the year but came away victorious over La Salle on Wednesday. Penn scored eight times in the first three innings and withstood five Explorer runs in the sixth and seventh to clinch the 11-7 win. Eight different hurlers look the mound as the pitching staff walked 13 batters, though they did strike out 13. Tom Grandieri, Jeremy Maas and Derek Vigoa all had three hits in the win.
Philly Phanatic Saturday
On Saturday Penn baseball will be welcoming the Philly Phanatic to Meiklejohn Stadium. In addition to the Phillies mascot, the first 200 children 12 or under will receive a free hot dog and a free soda.
Following The Red And Blue
Fans of the Quakers can once again follow all the action through live stats (click here).
Scouting The Big Red
Cornell has struggled lately with three wins in its last ten games, including a sweep over Le Moyne on Wednesday. The Big Red's struggles are most evident in the second and third innings, where the team has been outscored 43-15 in those two innings over the course of the season.
Hitting: Cornell is batting at a .284 clip, with four regulars hitting over .315. Mickey Brodsky leads the team with a .380 average and also has 27 hits and has scored a team-high 15 times. The junior also has ten doubles 13 RBI and 13 walks. Frank Hager has provided some power, batting .333 with 11 doubles, a triple and two home runs with 17 RBI.
Pitching: The Big Red have ace in Corey Pappel, but the rest of the staff has been a bit shaky at times as the team has a collective ERA of 6.41. Pappel is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 30.0 innings of work. The junior right hander also has a team-high 33 strikeouts and has walked only 13 batters. Tony Bertucci has also pitching well, going 2-1 in three starts. He has walked just three batters while striking out 15 in 22.2 innings of work.
On The Mound
Penn has four pitchers with at least 35 innings of work this year. Sophomores Vince Voiro and Chris McNulty lead the staff in ERA, at 4.43 and 4.58 respectively. Each received a win in their last appearance, with Voiro going the distance against Dartmouth last week and McNulty getting the win in two scoreless innings against La Salle. Junior Paul Cusick and senior Todd Roth are also expected to start. Cusick has had control issues of late, walking 15 over his last 16 innings, though he does have 19 strikeouts during that same period. Roth meanwhile allowed just one earned run and struck out five in 6.1 innings against Dartmouth on Sunday.
The Quakers had nine steals against La Salle on Wednesday. It's the most for a Penn squad during head coach John Cole's tenure. The previous high was six, set in 2007 against St Bonaventure. Overall Penn has stolen 35 bases this year, as six players have at least four. Jeremy Maas leads the team with six, while Steve Gable and Emilio Pastor each have five.
Dan Williams has reached base safely in 22 straight games for the Red and Blue, and 26 of 28 games this season. The junior is also in the midst of a 12 game hitting streak, batting .458 (22-for-48) over that span.
Hitting His Stride
Junior Jeremy Maas has seen his batting average rise over 100 points over his last ten games, going from .214 to .348. During that stretch, he is 17-for-38 (.447), with 15 runs, ten RBI, five doubles and two home runs.
We're Going Streaking
Senior William Gordon is riding a 14 game hitting streak, the longest streak by a Quaker this season and also the longest of his career. During this stretch, Gordon is batting .365 (19-for-52) with eight doubles and 16 runs scored.
Jack Of All Trades
Senior Tom Grandieri has done a bit over everything for the Quakers this season. The right fielder is hitting .388 and leads the team with 47 hits and 29 RBI. He also is second with 28 runs scored and five home runs. Grandieri has a hit in 16 of his last 17 games, with six three-hit games during that stretch. His 47 hits are tied for the Ivy League lead and just nine back of his career-high 56 base knocks a season ago.
In the team's last four games, Penn has hit nine home runs and eight doubles. The Quakers have also stolen 13 bases while going 2-2 in that stretch.
Ivy Record Watch
Reid Terry pitched a scoreless ninth against La Salle, making his 16th appearance on the season. It's the third season he has made at least 15 appearances and gives him 64 for his career, moving him into third place in Ivy history for appearances by a pitcher. He now trails just Rob Monnes (68) of Brown and Adam Barrick (69) of Yale for the Ivy mark.
Late Innings Lockup
Behind the late inning duo of Terry and sophomore Trey Jennings, Penn is 8-0 when leading after the seventh or eighth inning this season. The two have combined to pitch 38.0 innings this season while striking out 32 batters and only allowing 28 hits. Terry has only allowed one earned run all season, sporting a league best 0.40 ERA this season.
Ivy League Report
This Saturday marks the first weekend of baseball between interdivisional opponents. The Quakers are 4-4 and hold sole possession of second place, trailing just 6-2 Columbia in the Lou Gehrig Division. Princeton is in third place at 3-5, while Cornell sits in fourth with a 2-6 mark. In addition to Cornell traveling to Philadelphia, Princeton will travel to play Columbia this weekend.