Baseball Set to Open Ivy League Play Against Columbia

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Penn baseball team will play home-and-home doubleheaders this weekend against Columbia to kick off the Ivy League season.

The Quakers (4-10) host the Lions (2-14)at Meiklejohn Stadium for a twinbill on Saturday, March 25, at 11:30 a.m., then travel to New York Cityfor two games on Sunday, March 26.

Saturday's gamescan be heard live onthe web at www.PennAthletics.com. Brian Seltzer will be handling the play-by-play duties and Matt Kirsch will add color commentary to the broadcast.

Penn catcher Josh Corn brings a nine-game hitting streak into the weekend and leads the team with a .391 batting average, while sophomore Kyle Armeny is second on the squad with a .327 clip and nine RBI for the season.

While the Quaker pitching staff struggled in the first week of the season, they have stepped up in Penn's last six games, posting a 4.31 ERA and limiting opponents to a .245 average.

Two catalysts for the turnaround have been sophomore right-hander Bret Wallace, who was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week on Wednesday, and right-handed reliever Doug Brown.

Wallace is 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA in three appearances for the Quakers in the last six games, including a win over Lehigh in his first collegiate start that earned him the Ivy League pitching honor.

Brown has basically been unhittable in his last five outings, as he has allowed just one base-hit in 6 1/3 innings pitched while striking out eight batters and walking just three. The junior picked up his second save after pitching his way out of a no-out, bases loaded jam in the eighth inning in Penn's 10-5 win over Lafayette on Wednesday.

The Quakers are expected to start senior right-hander Brian Cirri and Wallace on Saturday, and throw right-handers Steven Schwartz and Joe Thornton at Columbia on Sunday.