PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers hope to continue their winning ways when they take on Delaware in the semifinals of the Liberty Bell Classic Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Meiklejohn Stadium.
The Red and Blue are 12-10 on the season and have won five of their past six games. Delaware meanwhile, has won three of their last four, including a pair of victories over Canisius on Saturday. A win over the Blue Hens would earn Penn a trip to the finals of the Classic.
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Last Time Out: Ivy Excellence
The Quakers played some of their best baseball of the season over the weekend, hitting .389 as a team in winning three of their first four Ivy League games. The Red and Blue won the first game Saturday, 8-6, behind a go-ahead homer from Tom Grandieri. Penn dropped the second 11-5, as they allowed four unearned runs in the eighth inning. On Sunday the team rebounded, winning 5-2, as pitchers Paul Cusick, Reid Terry and Trey Jennings combined for a two hitter. In the final game of the weekend the Quaker bats came alive, scoring 12 times and belting 15 hits en route to a 12-4 win.
Scouting the Blue Hens
Hitting: Delaware boasts a team average of .330 this year, with three players hitting over .350. Leading the way for the Blue Hens is third baseman Carlos Alonso. The senior is batting .452 this season and leads the team in hit (47), doubles (11), slugging (.779) and on base percentage (.508) Alonso also has seven home runs and 21 RBI. Pat Dameron is also hitting over .350 (.351) and provides some power in the middle of the Delaware lineup as he has team-highs of eight home runs and 35 RBI, to go along with eight doubles and 33 hits. The team as a whole has 34 home runs in 24 games and averages over 7.8 runs per game.
Pitching: The Blue Hens pitching this year hasn't been quite as solid as their hitting, as no starter has an ERA under 4.00. Michael Lodinio sits right at 4.00 and has a team-leading four victories on the season. He has started five games and pitched 36.0 innings, allowed 16 runs and struck out 33 batters. Relievers Devon Pearson and Matt Harden have eight and ten appearances respectively, leading the team. Pearson has thrown 16.2 innings with a 4.32 ERA and 16 strikeouts to 15 walks. Harden has tossed 16.1 innings with a 4.41 ERA while striking seven batters and allowing nine walks on the year.
On the Mound:
Starters: The Quakers have four pitchers who have accounted for all but two starts this season. Chris McNulty, Vince Voiro, Paul Cusick and Todd Roth have been the main starters for Penn this year. McNulty leads the starters with a 2-1 record and 3.99 ERA. Voiro (4.09), Cusick (4.50) and Roth (6.04) have also had quality outings this year and none have given up more than four earned runs in a home start in 2010.
Relievers: Senior Reid Terry and sophomore Trey Jennings continue to be rock solid at the end of the game for Penn. The two have combined for 13 appearances and 18.0 innings pitched at home with a 0.50 ERA and nine strikeouts. On the season, Terry leads the team with a 0.00 ERA in 16.1 innings of action and 13 relief appearances.
Going To the Bank
The winner of Tuesday's semifinal matchup between Penn and Delaware will earn a trip to the Liberty Bell Classic final played at Citizen's Bank Park, the home of the Phillies. Last year Penn lost to the Blue Hens in the first round by a score of 13-5, with McNulty getting the loss. The winner of this year's game will play the final on April 20.
The Quakers have registered at least ten hits in each of the past six games. Penn has gone 5-1 over that span, hitting .381 as a team and averaging 10.0 runs per game. Seven different players are hitting over .420, as the team has belted 22 doubles and seven home runs during the stretch.
Juniors Stepping Up
The Junior Quartet of Jeremy Maas, Will Davis, Adrian Lorenzo and Dan Williams have been some of the hottest hitters for Penn over the last six contests. Maas leads the team with a .727 average (8-11), while Davis (7-14) and Lorenzo (6-12) are both hitting .500. Williams meanwhile is batting .480 with a team-high 12 hits and four doubles over that span.
Tightening The Defense
The Red and Blue committed just three errors on the weekend, with all of them coming in Penn's 11-5 loss to Brown on Saturday. On the season, the Quakers are 8-3 when they commit one or fewer errors in a game. Senior Steve Gable is the lone Penn infielder who has yet to commit an error, as he is perfect in 60 chances this season. The Red and Blue have also been adept at turning the double play, recording 25 this year.
Penn has been at its best in the late innings. The Quakers are 9-1 this season when they lead after five innings and 7-0 when they are winning after the seventh.
Entering The Record Books
With his three appearances over the weekend, Reid Terry became just the fourth player in Ivy League history to appear in 60 games. The senior has made 61 career appearances, including 13 this year and 21 as a sophomore in 2008. The Ivy League record is 69, set by Adam Barrick of Yale in 2006.