PHILADELPHIA – Coming off a weekend series win over Cornell in Ivy League play, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team hosts the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) for a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. at Meiklejohn Stadium.
Penn (15-11) took three of four games from the Big Red over the weekend, and remain in a tie for first place atop the Ivy League Gehrig Division with Columbia, sporting a 10-2 record.
NYIT (7-13) took three of four games from Siena over the weekend, and is playing at Hofstra on Tuesday, before facing the Quakers Wednesday afternoon.
The two games between Penn and NYIT will be seven inning games, and fans can follow the action by listening live on live stats and on Twitter - @PennBaseball.
SCOUTING NYIT: The Bears have seven wins on the season, with three coming this past weekend over Siena. Other victories have come against Navy, LIU Brooklyn twice, and Fairfield. As a team, NYIT is hitting .261 with 83 runs, and 76 RBI. The Bears are led on offense by Louis Mele (.413, 6 2B, 3 HR, 20 RBI). Right-handed pitcher Elias Martinez leads NYIT in innings pitched with 29.2, followed by Matt Diaz with 27.2. Of those pitchers with five appearance or more, Martinez leads the team with a 2.73 ERA.
BIG 5 AWARDS SWEEP: For the second consecutive week, Penn swept the Big 5 baseball awards, with senior first baseman Matt McKinnon earning Player of the Week and sophomore pitcher Mike Reitcheck earning Pitcher of the Week. McKinnon began a five game hitting streak earlier in the week versus Villanova going 4-for-4 with a double and a triple, while driving in one run. In four games versus Cornell over the weekend, the left-handed hitter totaled seven hits and drove in five runs. Reitcheck picked up his team leading fourth win on the season Saturday in game two versus the Big Red. The left-hander worked eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out six.
IVY LEAGUE NOTES: Penn senior Matt McKinnon ranks fifth in the Ivy League in batting average, hitting .359 … Senior infielder Mitch Montaldo ranks first in the Ivies in home runs with eight, he is also tied for second in the league with 26 RBI … Junior outfielder Gary Tesch is tied for third amongst base stealers, having swiped eight bags this spring … Sophomore left-handed pitcher Mike Reitcheck (2.21) and senior left-hander Ronnie Glenn (2.45) rank three-four in the league in ERA.
NCAA NOTES: Penn ranks in the top-20 in the country in two offensive categories home runs per game (T-16th, 1.00) and slugging percentage (16th, 0.458) … The Red and Blue are ranked 26th in doubles per game (2.15), having hit 56 as a team on the year … The Quakers are also ranked 49th in the country, having hit 26 home runs thus far in 2015 … The Penn is just outside the top-50 in batting average (0.290), ranked 52nd.
MONTALDO D1BASEBALL.COM TOP PERFORMER: For the third time this season, senior Mitch Montaldo was recognized as a D1Baseball.com mid-major top performer after hitting two home runs Saturday versus Cornell. Montaldo was also recognized after hitting two home runs versus Saint Peter's and two home runs versus Yale earlier this month.