Baseball Opens Season In The Sunshine State

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's baseball team begins its 2010 campaign when the team heads to Florida on Friday to take part in the Rollins College Baseball Week which runs through Sunday, March 14.

The Quakers open their season on Saturday against Georgetown at 7 p.m., and will play eight games while at Rollins. Penn will also take on host and Division II power Rollins, as well as the Maine during the week. Last year the Red and Blue went 5-4 in Florida, including a 4-1 mark against the Hoyas. Penn lost its two decisions to Maine and went 1-1 versus Rollins.

The Quakers return all but one defensive starter from a season ago. Last year Penn boasted one of the top offenses in the Ivy League, hitting a league leading .310 and setting standard with 104 doubles and a .397 on-base percentage. The team also finished second in runs per game (7.27), hits (439), home runs (39) and slugging percentage (.477). The Red and Blue also hope to get a boost from a pitching staff which returns ten hurlers but was ravaged by injury in 2009. Junior Paul Cusick led the Quakers with a team-high four victories last year.

Georgetown comes into the week with a 4-3 mark on the season, with a pair of victories over Davidson and George Mason. The Hoyas are hitting .294 through their first seven games with a .379 on-base percentage and have scored 45 runs (6.42 per game). Georgetown has four regulars hitting .333 or better, led by sophomore Rand Ravnaas, who is batting .385 and has reached base on half of his plate appearances.

Maine is just 2-5 thus far but has won two of three, including a 5-3 upset of 11th ranked North Carolina last week. Against the Tar Heels, sophomore Ian Leisenheimer hit a two run home run to put the Black Bears in front for good. Maine's other victory came against Valparaiso. Junior Joey Martin leads the team, hitting .333 with ten hits and 4 RBI.

Host Rollins is 11-5 on the early season and has won five straight. Last season the Tars finished with the best record at baseball week and hope to do that once again. The team is led senior Taylor Ferguson, who is batting .423 with a .468 on base percentage, 30 hits and 15 RBI. Junior Tony Brunetti has also been a force, hitting­­ .364 with 24 hits and 22 RBI.

Live stats are available for each of Penn's games this week by going to the baseball week home page, here. Free audio broadcasts are available for the Quakers matchups against Rollins on Wednesday and Saturday.

Complete Schedule (Saturday, March 4 - Sunday, March 14)
All games are at Alfond Stadium at Harper Shepherd Field

Sat. Georgetown 7 p.m.
Sun. Maine 6 p.m.
Mon. Maine 1 p.m.
Tue. Georgetown 11 a.m.
Wed. Rollins 12 p.m.
Fri. Georgetown 12 p.m.
Sat. Rollins 6 p.m.