PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers play their final Big 5 game of the season when they host La Salle at Meiklejohn Stadium, Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Penn is 13-14 on the season and 2-1 in Big 5 games, after dropping four of five contests last week. La Salle, meanwhile, is 11-18, but has won three of four, including taking two of three from defending Atlantic 10 Champion Xavier over the weekend.
Last Time Out: Northern Exposure
The Quakers traveled to New England, taking on Harvard and Dartmouth in a pair of doubleheaders which yielded mixed results. The Penn offense was in full gear through the first three games of the weekend, scoring nine times in each of the first three games. Unfortunately for the Red and Blue, the pitching wasn't as consistent as the team was swept by Harvard 10-9 and 12-9. In the opener against Dartmouth, Vince Voiro kept the Big Green bats at bay and Penn came away with a 9-5 win. The solid pitching continued into the final game but the offense stalled, scoring just twice in a 3-2 11 inning affair.
Following The Red And Blue
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Scouting The Explorers: La Salle struggled in the opening portion of its season, but has come alive as of late and are one of the top teams in the A-10 right now with their league record of 6-3.
Hitting: The Explorers have almost 300 hits this season (298) and are batting .301 with five players are hitting over .315. Brendan Norton leads the team with a .433 average. The left fielder also leads the team in hits (45), runs (31), stolen bases (8-10) slugging percentage (.644) and on base percentage (.512). Norton has some power as well, with eight doubles, four triples, two home runs and 19 RBI.
Pitching: La Salle has five pitchers who have started at least three games this year but have a staff ERA of 8.90. Kevin Christy leads the starters with a 5.93 ERA and has a 2-3 record. He has thrown one complete game and has 47 strikeouts to just 11 walks. His control isn't representative of the team, as the staff has 148 walks to 199 strikeouts this season.
Dan Williams has reached base safely in 21 straight games for the Red and Blue, and 25 of 27 games this season. The junior is also in the midst of an 11 game hitting streak, batting .467 (21-for-45) over that span.
We're Going Streaking
Senior William Gordon is riding a 13 game hitting streak, tied for the highest streak by a Quaker during the season. Tom Grandieri had a 13 game streak snapped last weekend against Harvard. During his streak, Gordon is batting .354 (17-for-48) with eight doubles and 12 RBI
Double The Fun
After setting mark for doubles in a season with 104 last year, the Red and Blue appear poised to challenge that mark once again this year. The Quakers have hit four or more doubles on eight occasions, tops among Ivy League teams. They've already totaled 72 in 2010, good for sixth highest single-season total in school history, despite the fact there are 14 games remaining this season.
Gordon has a team-high 13 doubles on the season, giving him 46 for his career. His total is good for 15th all-time in Ivy League history. Todd Iarussi has the league record with 56 from 1998-01.
Ivy Record Watch
Reid Terry made two appearances over the weekend, bringing his season total to 15. It marks the third season he has made at least 15 appearances and gives him 63 for his career. His 63 moves him into a tie for third place in Ivy history for appearances by a pitcher. Terry is even with Brett Rosenthal, who had 63 from 2004-07. He now trails just Rob Monnes (68) of Brown and Adam Barrick (69) of Yale for the Ivy mark.
Grand Old Time
Jeremy Maas went yard for the first time this season, when he hit a grand slam on Saturday against Harvard. It's the first grand slam of the season for Penn and first since Dan Williams hit one in against Columbia last April 26.
Over The Mendoza Line
Penn has 12 players with at least 40 at bats this season, all of which are hitting over .200. Half of the 12 are hitting over .300, helping the team to a .312 batting average this season, just above last year's .310 mark.
Production by Committee
Six different players have at least 17 RBI for the Red and Blue this season. Senior Tom Grandieri leads the team with 25, while William Gordon and Will Davis are close behind him with 22.