PHILADELPHIA – With just two weekends remaining in the regular season, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team is set to host Princeton Saturday and Sunday at Meiklejohn Stadium for four Ivy League Gehrig Division games.
Penn (16-12, 10-2 Ivy) is coming off taking three of four games last weekend versus Cornell and splitting a non-conference midweek doubleheader with NYIT on Wednesday.
Princeton (6-25, 3-9 Ivy) managed just one game in a four game set with Columbia last weekend, before falling 9-1 on Wednesday versus St. John’s.
Fans can follow the action this weekend on live stats, and Twitter - @PennBaseball. Sunday’s doubleheader will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network ($). Games on Saturday and Sunday will begin at 12 p.m.
SCOUTING PRINCETON: The Tigers have just six wins on the season, with three coming against Ivy opponents. Princeton has taken one game against Brown, Dartmouth, and Columbia in league play this year. Its other three wins have come against UNC-Greensboro, and two against Navy. Junior Danny Hoy leads the Tigers on offense (.340, 12 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 22 RBI), and junior Billy Arendt (.328, 9 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI).
TIGERS PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS: On the mound versus Penn, Princeton will turn to sophomore right-hander Chad Powers (0-5, 6.55 ERA, 34.1 IP, 24 K), freshman right-hander Nick Brady (1-4, 6.50 ERA, 36.0 IP, 22 K), sophomore left-hander Keelan Smithers (1-6, 4.31 ERA, 39.2 IP, 23 K), and junior right-hander Luke Streiber (1-3, 4.76 ERA, 28.1 IP, 9 K).
LAST SEASON VERSUS PRINCETON: Penn and Princeton split doubleheaders both days in 2014. In the Saturday games, the Quakers won 2-0 before falling 6-4, and on Sunday Penn was defeated 4-2, before winning 6-1. Pitchers Ronnie Glenn and Connor Cuff picked up the victories for Penn, with Austin Bossart going 3-for-3 with an RBI in the 2-0 victory. In the 6-1 win, Jeff McGarry went 3-for-5 and scored a run, while Ryan Mincher went 2-for-4 also scoring a run.
PENN PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS: Pitching versus Princeton, the Quakers will turn to their usual four starters, senior right-hander Connor Cuff (3-1, 2.84 ERA, 31.2 IP, 22 K), senior left-hander Ronnie Glenn (2-3, 2.45 ERA, 36.2 IP, 34 K), sophomore right-hander Jake Cousins (3-1, 2.86 ERA, 34.2 IP, 22 K), and sophomore left-hander Mike Reitcheck (4-1, 2.21 ERA, 36.2 IP, 19 K).
IVY LEAGUE NOTES: Penn senior Matt McKinnon ranks third in the Ivy League in batting average, hitting .376 … Senior infielder Mitch Montaldo ranks first in the Ivies in home runs with eight, he is also third in the league with 26 RBI … Junior outfielder Gary Tesch is tied for third amongst base stealers, having swiped nine bags this spring … Sophomore left-handed pitcher Mike Reitcheck (2.21) and senior left-hander Ronnie Glenn (2.45) rank three-four in the league in ERA … Glenn ranks fifth in the Ivies with 34 strikeouts.
NCAA NOTES: Penn ranks in the top-20 in the country in three offensive categories, slugging percentage (12th, 0.466), home runs per game (17th, 1.00), and in doubles per game (18th, 2.21) having hit 62 as a team on the year … The Quakers are also ranked 40th in the country in batting average (0.296), and 41st in the country, having hit 28 home runs thus far in 2015.
EXTENDED HITTING STREAK: Senior Matt McKinnon pushed his hitting streak to seven games after collecting hits in both games versus NYIT on Wednesday. In game one McKinnon went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, and four RBI. In game two he went 1-for-3, while driving in a run. In the seven game stretch, McKinnon is hitting .556 (15-for-27), with three doubles, a triple, a home run and 11 RBI. He has also scored four runs.
BIG 5 AWARDS SWEEP: For the second consecutive week, Penn swept the Big 5 baseball awards, with senior first baseman Matt McKinnon earning Player of the Week and sophomore pitcher Mike Reitcheck earning Pitcher of the Week. McKinnon began a five game hitting streak earlier in the week versus Villanova going 4-for-4 with a double and a triple, while driving in one run. In four games versus Cornell over the weekend, the left-handed hitter totaled seven hits and drove in five runs. Reitcheck picked up his team leading fourth win on the season Saturday in game two versus the Big Red. The left-hander worked eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out six.
MONTALDO D1BASEBALL.COM TOP PERFORMER: For the third time this season, senior Mitch Montaldo was recognized as a D1Baseball.com mid-major top performer after hitting two home runs Saturday versus Cornell. Montaldo was also recognized after hitting two home runs versus Saint Peter's and two home runs versus Yale earlier this month.