PHILADELPHIA - Coming off its best game offensively of the 2016 season, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team will host a doubleheader against Lafayette on Saturday before heading to Easton, Pa. to take on Sunday to for another twin bill. Both days will begin at noon with the second games beginning about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first.
LAST TIME OUT: Penn made the trek to Bethlehem, Pa. for a mid-week clash with Lehigh and came away with an 11-4 victory... Sean Phelan finished his day 3-for-4 with four RBIs and reached base five of the six times he came to the plate... Phelan had just two RBIs coming into the game and raised his batting average 50 points... Tim Graul went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs... Greskoff's fifth inning home run puts him in a tie for second in the Ivy League in long balls with three... Billy Lescher earned the win in his first start of the season, pitching four innings and allowing three hits...Jack Hartman pitched the sixth through the eighth and did not allow a hit...Penn's 11 runs and 15 hits are both season highs.
A QUICK LOOK AT LAFAYETTE: Carrying a 4-11 record and the weight of a three-game losing-streak, the Lafayette Leopards come to Philadelphia for their 15th road game of the season on Saturday before hosting just their second and third games of the year at home on Sunday. As a team, Lafayette is hitting .278, but have lacked power with just three home runs so far. On the mound, opponents are hitting .279 against the Leopards, who have an ERA north of six.
LAST SEASON AGAINST LAFAYETTE: Penn (3-8) won both games over the Leopards (2-8), 2-1 in game one and 12-3 in game two. Game one ended in walk-off fashion for the Quakers, after senior infielder Mitch Montaldo doubled deep over the centerfielder’s head driving in senior catcher Austin Bossart for the win. Montaldo would have both of Penn’s RBIs in the game.
IVY EXCELLENCE: At the top of the Ivy League leaders, you'll find a lot of Quakers. Freshman Matt Tola ranks third in the Accient Eight in hitting with a .362 average, while senior Gary Tesch is fifth at ..349. Tola is also third in hits with 17. Not far behind are Tesch and junior Tim Graul who are tied for fourth with 15. Graul is the Ivy League leader in doubles with six in his first 13 games. Tola is tied for third with five. With his third home run of the year on Wednesday, junior Matt Greskoff is just one off the conference lead in home runs. Greskoff's 11 RBIs are also good for third in the Ivy. Despite is struggles at the plate, senior Ryan Mincher has found ways to get on base. Mincher is fourth in the Ivy League in walks with nine. Finally, Matt O'Neill is third with a .447 on-base percentage. Tesch is fourth at .440.
On the mound, Gabe Kleiman is fifth in the Ivy League in ERA at 2.30 in his first three starts. Kleiman is 1-0 on the season. Billy Lescher is tied for the league-lead in wins with two after his second victory of the year against Lehigh on Wednesday.
RAIN DELAY MATERIAL: The Quakers have allowed nine unearned runs when Jake Cousins is on the mound in his three starts this year. That's the most in the Ivy League and third in the NCAA behind Justin Hagenman of Penn State (13) and Phoenix Sanders of South Florida (12).
Sean Phelan leads the Ivy League with 120 putouts, 12 more than second place.
Penn turned two double plays on Wednesday, doubling its season total. The second twin-killing ended the game when Ryan Mincher touched second himself and fired a ball to Phelan for the 27th out.