PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers hope to rebound from their Wednesday loss to Villanova when they take part in home and home doubleheaders with Lafayette this Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday the two teams face off at Meiklejohn Stadium with first pitch set for noon, as Penn seeks to remain unbeaten at home this year. Sunday the Red and Blue travel out to Easton, Pa. for the team's first doubleheader away from home. First pitch is again scheduled for noon.
Last Time Out: Big Innings Hurt Quakers
Penn saw its five game win streak come to an end as two big innings proved to be too much to overcome as Villanova came out on top, 17-5. The game was scoreless through the first three and a half innings; however in the fourth the Wildcats put seven on the board and repeated it in the fifth with seven more runs. The lead got to 17-0 before Penn got their offense going, scoring five times over the final three innings for the 17-5 final.
Following The Quakers
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Scouting the Leopards
Hitting: Lafayette comes into the game with an 0-11 mark on the season, however the hitting is not to blame. The Leopards have three players who have started every game and are batting over .340 this season. A.J. Pisarri and Matt Hall are hitting .390 and .381 respectively and are tied with a team-high 16 hits. Hall has also flashed some power, with six doubles, a home run and a team-leading 12 RBI. Pisarri, meanwhile, leads the team with 11 runs scored and has a .479 on base percentage with two doubles and a triple.
Pitching: The Leopards have struggled on the mound this season with a team ERA sitting at 11.67 Zach Fritz and Corey Shea will be getting the starts on Saturday, while Kevin Casey will be one of the two to go on Sunday. Fitz and Shea are a combined 0-4 on the season and have struggled with their control thus far. Fitz has walked 13 while striking out eight, while Shea has four punch outs and three walks. Casey has one of the team's best ERA's at 3.24, having allowed just three earned runs in 8.1 innings of work.
On The Hill
Penn hopes that its starters can give out the same performance as last weekend, when all four went at least 6.0 innings of work and combined to give up just two earned runs. Sophomore's Vince Voiro and Chris McNulty will most likely get the ball one of the days, along with junior Paul Cusick and senior Todd Roth. Voiro and Roth each threw a scoreless inning on Wednesday. McNulty and Cusick are coming off their best starts of the season, as they threw 7.0 and 7.2 innings of scoreless ball. McNulty is also ranked 36th in the country, allowing just 1.1 walks per nine innings.
Penn as a team is tied for second in the country, averaging 1.5 double plays per game. Harvard leads the nation with 2.0 double plays per game.
Following the first batch of national rankings, freshman Spencer Branigan was ranked 11th averaging .25 triples per game (3/12). His total of three is good for 19th overall.
Go To Your Home
Following the first batch of national rankings, Junior Dan Williams is ranked 39th in the country averaging 1.42 runs per game (17/12). He has scored in the last three games and five of the last seven. The third baseman is also riding a seven game hitting streak, the longest current streak on the team.
Mowing Them Down
Sophomore Trey Jennings needed just 13 pitches to strike out the side in the eighth inning last game. It's the first time he has accomplished that feat this season and the second time in his career he has done so. In his career, he has 17 strikeouts in 18 innings.
Penn pinch hitters have walked eight times to just four strikeouts this season and have an on base percentage of .531. Pinch hitters are also 8-23 overall for a .348 average and have three doubles and six RBI.
Now Walk It Out
Senior William Gordon leads the Quakers with ten walks on the season. Junior Mike Mariano is second with nine walks and leads the team with a .560 on base percentage.
Hitting In Bunches
Sophomore James Mraz went 3-for-4 against Villanova for his second multi-hit game of the season. Mraz also had a four-hit performance earlier in the season and has 13 hits on the year.
Five Over .300
Penn has five players hitting over .300 this season. Williams (.417), Derek Vigoa (.370), Branigan (.333), Mraz (.325) and Tom Grandieri (.305) are all over .300. Williams (.492) and Branigan (.426) also have on base percentages over .400.