Baseball Opens Ivy Play This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers looks to continue their winning ways when they host Brown and Yale this Saturday and Sunday respectively at noon, in their first Ivy action of the season.

Penn has won two straight games to get back to .500 at 9-9 on the season. In their last two games the team as combined for 30 runs, while giving up just five earned runs. The game against Brown also marks the first Ivy game for the Bears, while Yale plays on Friday against Columbia.

Last Time Out: A Team Victory
On Wednesday Penn put forth a complete team victory in defeating Saint Joseph's16-4 at Meiklejohn Stadium. The Quakers scored nine times in the fourth and then six more in the next two innings to put the game away. The team totaled 17 hits as each starter had at least one hit and scored a run. Five pitchers combined to scatter seven hits over nine innings, allowing four earned runs and striking out six batters. The defense also played well, recording its second straight errorless performance.

Following The Action
Fans of the Red and Blue can follow every game of the weekend through live stats (click here). On Saturday a radio broadcast will also be available (click here)

The Series
In 2009, Penn went 0-4 against Brown and Yale. The Quakers dropped a pair of games in Providence (18-11, 9-8) before traveling to New Haven and losing two close games, 7-4 and 7-6. The Red and Blue last beat the Bears in 2008, taking one of two at Meiklejohn, while Penn's last win over the Bulldogs was back in 2007 when the team swept a doubleheader at Yale.

Scouting the Bears
Brown enters weekend play with a 2-13 record, having lost each of their last six games. The Bears have played a tough schedule thus far, facing off against LSU and Pepperdine among others.
Hitting: Matt Colantonio is Brown's top hitter, while Pete Greskoff has provided the power. Colantonio leads the team in average (.340) and hits (18), and also has four doubles and a tidy .479 on base percentage. Greskoff has five home runs and 16 RBI to lead the team, but is only hitting .271 on the year.
Pitching: The Bears have struggled with pitching, but have two starters who have thrown over 18 innings. Kevin Carlow has the team's only two wins and has given up six runs in 18.1 innings of work while striking out 17 and walking ten. Rob Wilcox is 0-2 in 22 innings of work with 12 strikeouts and six walks.

Scouting the Bulldogs Yale enters the weekend with arguably the most potent offense in the Ivy League and sit at 11-6-1 on the year. The Bulldogs lead the conference with 25 home runs, as three players have at least five and they have won five of their last seven games.
Hitting:
As a team Yale is hitting .327 with five of their regulars above that mark. Senior Trygg Larsson-Danforth has been the power for the Bulldogs with a league-best six home runs and 27 RBI to go with his .388 average. He also has 26 hits, 13 walks and a .488 on base percentage. Trey Rallis has also be key for the Bulldogs, sporting a team best .519 on base percentage to got with seven doubles, 23 hits and a .377 average.
Pitching: Yale boasts the second best ERA in the Ivy League at 5.30. Three pitchers have at least two wins, in Vinny Lally (4-0), Pat Ludwig (3-2) and Brook Hart (2-0). Hart has a team best 2.62 ERA and has struck out 17 while only allowing five walks. Ludwig leads the team in strikeouts with 27 and has just six walks while pitching a team-high 25.0 innings. Lally is unbeaten, but has an ERA of 5.24 with 13 earned runs given up.

On The Hill: Starters
Penn has been pitching well as of late and a lot of that can be attributed to its starters over the past two weekends. The foursome of senior Todd Roth, junior Paul Cusick and sophomores Chris McNulty and Vince Voiro have been dynamic. Each of the four's last two weekend starts, once twice has a starter given up two or three earned runs. On the season Voiro leads the starters with a .279 ERA. McNulty is right behind him (2.84), while Cusick (4.74) and Roth (6.06) all have respectable marks.

Coming Out Of The Pen
Senior Reid Terry and sophomore Trey Jennings have been Penn's most reliable arms out of the bullpen this year. Terry has two wins with a 0.00 ERA and given up just eight hits in 11.2 innings of work. Jennings, meanwhile, has allowed just two hits in his last six appearances (6.1 innings) with one earned run. He has also struck out seven batters during that span.

Ivy Rewind: 2009
The 2009 Ivy League season started out rough for the Quakers as they dropped their first nine games. The Red and Blue lost two to Dartmouth and Harvard at home, before going on the road to Brown and Yale. A win over Cornell in the second game of a doubleheader gave the team its first win. Penn finished 1-3 versus the Big Red and also against Princeton before ending the Ivy season on a positive note, taking three of four from Columbia on the final weekend.

Getting Offensive
The Quakers' 16 runs on Wednesday was the most since posting an 18-4 victory over Georgetown on March 7 last year. The Penn offense has scored 30 runs in its past two game, its highest two game total during the John Cole era. In the two games Penn has totaled 31 hits and batted .369 as a team.

Offensive Catalysts
In Penn's last two games, juniors Jeremy Maas, Mike Mariano and senior Steve Gable have been straw that stirs the drink. Maas is 5-for-7 with five runs, three RBI and two stolen bases during the stretch, while Gable is 4-for-8 with four runs, three stolen bases and team-high seven RBI. Mariano has provided the power, batting .500 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI, for a 1.125 slugging percentage.

Run and Gun
The Quakers have been moving on the base paths in 2010. The team has seven stolen bases in its last two games and has swiped 17 bases already this season, going 17-for-20 overall. This running approach harkens back to 2007 when Penn took 30 bases while capturing the Lou Gehrig Division crown. Maas leads the team with five stolen bases, as eight different players have one on the season.

Turning Two
The Red and Blue have turned 21 double plays this season, tops among all Ivy League teams. Penn also has committed just one error over its past two games, good for a .987 fielding percentage.