PHILADELPHIA - The Penn baseball team opens its season up north when it hosts Big 5 foe Temple at Meiklejohn Stadium, Wednesday at 3 p.m.
The Quakers are 2-5 on the season following a nine day trip to Florida to take part in the Rollins College Baseball Week. The Owls come in with a 1-10 record, after starting the season with an 0-10 mark. Live Stats is available for the game by clicking here.
Last Time Out: Some Fun In The Sun
At Rollins, the Quakers started out with a promising 13-4 victory as the team banged out 13 hits with five players recording more than one. Penn then dropped its first two of Baseball Week to Maine, 18-8 and 17-8. Facing Georgetown for the second time, a seven-run five inning proved to be the difference as the Quakers fell 13-11. Against Rollins on Wednesday, the Red and Blue loaded the bases three times in the first four innings but managed just two runs. The team was unable to find any offense the rest of the way, losing 10-3. Penn finally broke through with a 7-5 victory over Georgetown, as a two-single by Mike Mariano in the 10th moved the team to 2-4. In their final game of the week, the Quakers got a solid pitching performance from Paul Cusick, but were unable to come back in the final innings, falling 3-2.
Temple won its first game of the year last week with a 14-6 victory over Delaware State. The Owls opened the season 0-10, losing a pair of three-game series to Florida Gulf Coast and Duke, and a four-game series to UNLV. On the season, Temple is batting .266 and averaging just over five runs a game. The team is led by do-it-all second baseman Tony Jusino. The senior leads the team in average (.457), hits (21), runs (8), doubles (3), on-base percentage (.462), and has committed just one error in 48 chances at second.
On The Hill
Penn: Sophomore Vince Voiro will be making his third start of the early season. In his last appearance, the right-hander tossed seven innings, giving up just one earned run while striking out five in earning a no-decision against Georgetown. On the season, Voiro is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and has 11 strikeouts to just three walks.
Temple: Junior Ben White will be making his fourth appearance of the season for the Owls, he is 0-2 with an 8.36 ERA with ten strikeouts and eight walks. In his last game, the right-hander pitched six innings, while allowing four runs on six hits in a 7-0 loss to Duke.
Big 5 Honors
Voiro was named Big 5 Pitcher of the Week for his performance in the Quakers 7-5 win on Saturday. The sophomore tossed seven innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out five and walking one.
Following their performances at the Rollins Baseball Week, junior Dan Williams and freshman Spencer Branigan were named to the All-Tournament team. Williams made it as a third baseman, hitting .261 with three doubles and four RBI. He also was perfect on defense, with no errors in 22 chances and started four double plays. Branigan hit .350 during Baseball Week with three doubles, seven hits and a team-high seven RBI, while making four starts at first base.
We're Going Streaking
Senior Tom Grandieri was a model of consistency last year, leading the team with a .367 average and hitting in 34 of 39 games. This year he has picked up where he left off, with a hit in each of the seven games this season. Going back to last year, he has recorded a hit in each of his last 17 games. Senior William Gordon has also gotten a hit in each game this year and has a 12 gam hit streak going back to last year.
Coming off success freshmen campaigns, sophomores Derek Vigoa and James Mraz have continued to hit well in 2010, as Vigoa leads the team with a .370 average, while Mraz is right behind him hitting .368. Vigoa is second on the team with ten hits while Mraz has a homerun.
Branigan and fellow classmate Emilio Pastor have made their presence felt this season. Branigan leads the team with four doubles, ten RBI and a .600 slugging percentage. He is also hitting .360, good for third on the team, with five walks and a .452 on-base percentage. Pastor was a catalyst for the Quaker offense last week, as he has reached base nine times in six games, scoring six times. Though batting .200, he averages a team-high 4.7 pitches per at bat and has a .429 on-base percentage.
The Quakers have scored three or more runs in an inning ten times this season and have at least nine hits in five of their seven games thus far.