PHILADELPHIA – The weather was a factor once more on the University of Pennsylvania baseball team’s schedule this spring shifting the opening weekend of Ivy League play against Harvard and Dartmouth.
Originally scheduled to play a home doubleheader against Harvard on Saturday at Meiklejohn Stadium, the matchup with the Crimson has been moved to Monday at 12 p.m. due to weather and field conditions. Penn will now open up Ivy League play versus Dartmouth at home on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m.
The Quakers open up Ivy play in 2015 with a 4-8 overall record. A season ago, Penn entered league competition with a 6-10 record and preceded to go 15-5 in its Ancient Eight schedule, before falling to Columbia in a one-game playoff for the Gehrig Division title and a berth in the Ivy League Championships Series.
Fans can follow Penn this weekend by watching live on the Ivy League Digital Network ($) on Sunday versus the Big Green, on live stats for both matchups, and always on Twitter - @PennBaseball.
SCOUTING DARTMOUTH: Last season’s Rolfe Division champions head into the weekend with a 2-14 record. The Big Green will play Columbia twice on Saturday before facing Penn on Sunday. Dartmouth has begun the season with a challenging slate facing No. 14 Texas A&M in the opening weekend before recently playing No. 16 UC-Santa Barbara. The Big Green’s two wins have come against Bucknell and Cal Poly. Runs have been hard to come by for Dartmouth, in its 16 games it has been outscored by exactly double 104-52.
LAST SEASON VS. THE BIG GREEN: Penn played at Dartmouth last season, sweeping a Sunday doubleheader 4-0 and 7-4. Connor Cuff and Ronnie Glenn picked up victories on the mound for the Quakers, with Cuff throwing a complete game shutout in game one.
SUNDAY PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS: In game one it will be Penn’s LHP Ronnie Glenn (0-2, 3.07 ERA) versus Dartmouth’s RHP Duncan Robinson (1-1, 4.50 ERA). Game two the Quakers will go with RHP Jake Cousins (1-1, 3.14), while the Big Green will most likely turn to RHP Patrick Peterson (1-0, 3.27 ERA)
SCOUTING HARVARD: The Crimson have started 2015 off with a 10-8 record in the early going. Harvard split a four-game series with Wofford before taking three of four from Mercer. After being swept four games at Stetson, the Crimson responded with a pair of victories over Massachusetts before taking three of four from Army. Harvard will face Columbia on Sunday before matching up against Penn on Monday. Offensively, the Crimson have 36 extra base hits and have produced 80 RBI collectively. On the mound they have given up 115 runs in 148.0 innings, while totaling 109 strikeouts as a pitching staff.
LAST SEASON VS. HARVARD: The Quakers took the two-game series with Harvard last season, winning 7-3 and 9-6, in Cambridge, Mass. Ryan Mincher with three RBI in game two for Penn, while Jake Cousins and Dan Gautieri picked up victories pitching for the Quakers.
MONDAY PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS: Game one will be Penn’s RHP Connor Cuff (1-1, 1.00 ERA) versus Harvard’s RHP Tanner Anderson (0-2, 3.60 ERA). In game two the Quakers will have LHP Mike Reitcheck (2-1, 2.81 ERA) opposing the Crimson’s RHP Sean Poppen (1-2, 8.86 ERA).
PENN 2015 IVY LEAGUE SCHEDULE: Now beginning the Ivy slate with Dartmouth this weekend, the Quakers have two games versus the Big Green, before facing Harvard for two games at home. The following weekend Penn plays a doubleheader on the road versus Yale on Saturday, and two games against Brown on Sunday. Turning the focus on the Gehrig Division the following weekend, the Red and Blue will travel to Cornell for a four-game set with the Big Red. Penn will then host Princeton April 18-19, for four games, before playing the traditional split weekend with Columbia on April 25-26.
CUFF – IVY LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Taking the ball and jumpstarting Penn last Sunday, senior right-handed pitcher Connor Cuff worked a complete game 7.0 innings, scattering five hits and allowing just one unearned run, while striking out five. In three starts this season, Cuff (1-1) has thrown 18.0 innings, allowing four runs – two earned, while striking out nine. He leads the Quakers and the Ivy League with a 1.00 ERA. Click here for more.
IVY LEAGUE NOTES: Connor Cuff leads the league with a 1.00 ERA, in three starts and 18.0 innings of work … Mike Reitcheck is tied for second amongst pitchers in wins, with two … Austin Bossart is third in the Ivies with a .395 batting average (17-for-43), and just outside the top-five in the league with five stolen bases … Matt Greskoff ranks fifth in the league in home runs with two, tied with four other player including teammate Jeff McGarry … Greskoff is also just outside the top-five in RBI, with 11 ... Senior Mitch Montaldo made the honor roll this past week after going 4-for10, with three doubles, two RBI, and three base on balls.
THREE-GAME WINNING STREAK: After beginning the season 1-8, Penn has strung together three straight wins, a doubleheader sweep of Lafayette and a first round Liberty Bell Classic win over Saint Joseph’s…
LIMITING THE MISTAKES: …The difference between Penn’s first nine games and its last three has been limiting baserunners and defensive mistakes, along with timely hitting. Penn allowed just seven free bases and committed just three errors in those games, compared to the nine games prior where the Quakers gave the opposition 57 free baserunners, while committing 21 errors…
TIMELY HITTING: …Of course even with better pitching and defense you still need to score runs. Penn has done so totaling 25 hits and 16 RBI in the three wins this past week. The Quakers collected four doubles in each game they played versus the Leopards and Hawks, and had one triple and one home run. In the victories, the Penn offense was led by junior infielder Ryan Mincher (5-for-11, 3 2B, 2 RBI), and senior infielder Jeff McGarry (4-for-11, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI). Senior first baseman Matt McKinnon has three RBI, along with junior outfielder Gary Tesch. Senior catcher Austin Bossart also has collected four hits, and senior infielder Mitch Montaldo has hit three doubles.
NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR SR. RONNIE GLENN: Penn senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn was selected as one of 30 candidates nationwide for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate baseball. The award recognizes student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, candidates must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. For more on Glenn’s impressive accolades please click here.
BOSSART NAMED TO JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST: For the third consecutive season, Penn catcher Austin Bossart has been named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list. The senior catcher has started every game in his Penn career, entering the 2015 season with 124 hits, 21 doubles, five triples, and seven home runs, along with driving in 61 base runners. He also has thrown out almost 40-percent of baserunners (50-of-126). Bossart has been named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list previously in 2014 and 2013.