PHILADELPHIA - Due the the cancellation of Tuesday's game against Lafayette, the Quakers will host Keystone College on Wednesday at Meiklejohn Stadium.
Penn is riding a four-game win streak to improve to 12-10 overall and is 6-2 at home this year. They will be taking on Division III Keystone in preparation for a weekend trip to Yale and Brown
Last Time Out: Clean Sweep
The Quakers earned their first Ivy weekend sweep since 2003 by taking care of Harvard on Saturday and dispensing of Dartmouth on Sunday. The days mirrored each other as the Red and Blue got a superb pitching performance in the openers and then in the second games had to come-back after falling behind due to fielding miscues. In a sign of team growth, the Quakers outscored their opponents 4-0 from the seventh inning on in those games to win a pair of tight contest. Senior Paul Cusick and junior Vince Voiro were nearly unhittable in their starts. Cusick allowed just five hits and struck out 12 batters with one unearned run while Voiro struck out nine and gave up just three hits and two earned runs. Seniors Jeremy Maas and Dan Williams both hit over .500 on the weekend and combined for 17 hits, 11 runs, nine RBI and two home runs.
Following the Red and Blue
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Scouting the Quakers
Hitting: Penn hit .323 last week to bump their season average up to .286. The team is also slugging .427 with an Ivy-best 18 home runs and has a .371 on-base percentage. Maas leads the team with a .427 batting average and freshman Brandon Engelhardt and Williams are behind him at .337 and 300. Maas also leads the team in hits (38), runs (22), RBI (18), home runs (5) and is second in doubles (6) and steals (6).
Pitching: The Quakers got a pair of great pitching performances from Paul Cusick and Vince Voiro last weekend, and their bullpen, to drop the team ERA to 4.18. As a staff Penn has struck out 171 batters in 191.2 innings and also has allowed just 65 walks and hit nine batters. Relievers John Beasley, Patrick Brennan, Alex Ott and Cody Thomson combined for 12.1 innings over the weekend and gave up just one earned run for an ERA of 0.73. They also walked just one batter and struck out eight during that span.
Scouting the Giants
Hitting: Keystone is 11-7 on the season including 4-1 in conference play. The team is hitting .332 collectively with three players batting over .400. Brian Henry leads the team with a .446 average and is followed by Andy Vega and Ricky Espinosa at .415 and .405 respectively. Henry is also slugging .839 with six doubles and four home runs while Vega has also gone yard four times this season.
Pitching: Keystone has a 4.44 team ERA on the season. They have four pitchers who have thrown over 20 innings this season who have an ERA under 4.50 and over 20 strikeouts. The team overall have 142 strikeouts and 80 walks in 140.0 innings.
Home Sweet Home
Meiklejohn Stadium has been a very kind to the Quakers this season. The Red and Blue are an impressive 6-2 at home and have been explosive on offense. The team is hitting .328 and slugging .552 with a .398 on-base percentage. They are also averaging over seven runs and ten hits per game over that span. Jeremy Maas (.563), Will Davis (.458), Dan Williams (.375) and Derek Vigoa (.357) are all hitting over .350. The team has 11 home runs and 21 doubles in the eight games, led by Davis, who has three dingers and nine RBI.
Second to One
With his eight hits over the weekend, senior Dan Williams moved into second place on the school's all-time hit list. The senior surpassed Nate Moffie (183) and now has 184 career hits, just ten shy of matching Nick Italiano's school record of 194 set back in 2003. Williams is also fourth all-time in runs scored with 124 and fifth in doubles with 36.