Baseball Plays Four With Mount St. Mary's

PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers play a pair of doubleheaders this weekend when the team plays Mount St. Mary's twice on Saturday and again on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for noon on each day at Meiklejohn Stadium.

Penn comes into the weekend with a 3-5 recording, having won two of the team's last three games. Mount St. Mary's is 4-6 on the year and has won three of their last four.

Last Time Out
The Quakers opened the 2010 season at Meiklejohn Stadium with a victory on Wednesday, taking down Temple by a 12-6 margin. The Red and Blue had nine different pitchers take the mound, combining for eight innings of work and allowing five earned runs while walking three and striking out five. The story of the day was the offense, which scored eight times in the first three innings. The team had three players with multiple hits and three more with multiple RBI.

Facing The Mount
Mount St. Mary's is a team which does a bit of everything. They have a trio of players hitting over .300 on the season. Leading the Mount is Jacob Darr, a junior, who is hitting .368 on the year. He has a team-high 14 hits and has scored eight times. Darr also has a pair of doubles and four RBI. Junior Kyle Kane provides the power for the Mountaineers with 12 hits, one home run and a team-high 11 RBI is just ten games.

On The Hill
Penn: Head coach John Cole has named starters for three of his four games this weekend. Sophomores, Vince Voiro and Chris McNulty and Junior Paul Cusick will all be assured of a start, while the four spot in still up in the air. Voiro has a 1-0 record and a 3.60 ERA in 15.0 innings of action with 12 strikeouts and just three walks. McNulty, a southpaw, will be making his second start of the year and has allowed seven earned runs in 8.2 innings. He is also third on the team with six strikeouts and has walk just one batter. The elder statesman of the three, Cusick is 0-2 on the year but pitched well in his last appearance, going 6.1 innings, allowing three runs while striking out six in a 3-2 loss to Rollins.
The Mount: Five pitchers have thrown at least ten innings for the Mountaineers, with Mike Matta and Kent Worthington leading the way. Matta has appeared in six games has three saves on the year. He sports a 2.25 ERA with nine strikeouts in 12.0 innings of work. Worthington has thrown a team-high 13.2 innings and has nine strikeouts and seven walks with an ERA of 3.95.

The Series
Last year the team played a pair of doubleheaders with each team winning two. Penn took the first game, and the lost next two before capturing the Sunday afternoon contest with an 11-4 victory.

Going, Going, Gone
Junior Dan Williams went yard twice against Temple for the first multi home run game of his career and his first to one the season. Fellow classmate Will Davis also went yard, recording his third home run of the year.

Legging It Out
Freshman Spencer Branigan hit his second triple of the season on Wednesday. The freshman is second on the team with a .621 slugging percentage and has a team-high 12 RBI.

Agent Zero
Senior Reid Terry has been lights out from the bullpen this year, throwing 6.0 innings without giving up an earned run. He has allowed just three hits while striking out six. On Wednesday he earned his first win of the year, going 2.0 innings in relief.

We're Going Streaking
Senior Tom Grandieri extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a 2-4 performance on Wednesday. The streak is the seventh longest in the nation and he leads the team with 13 hits on the year. Sophomore Derek Vigoa has a hit in each of his seven games this year and has a 13 game hit streak going back to last year. He has seven multi-hit games and is hitting .444 during that span.

Fab Five
The Quakers have five hitters batting over .340 this season. Williams (.367), James Mraz (.364), Vigoa (.355), Branigan (.345) and Grandieri (.342) have accounted for 38 runs scored and combined for 36 RBI this season.