Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - After a week of big-time performances, the Penn baseball trio of junior Pat Bet, sophomore Austin Bossart and sophomore Dan Gautieri were all honored by the Ivy League on Tuesday. Bet was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, Bossart was Ivy League Player of the Week and Gautieri was co-Ivy League Pitcher of the Week along with Joey Donino of Columbia. Gautieri was also named Big 5 Pitcher of the Week.
It has already been a great week for Bossart, who made the cut and joined the Johnny Bench Award Watch List on Monday as one of 48 candidates to be named the top catcher in NCAA Division I baseball. His contributions to Penn this past week goes to show why that was a good choice. At the plate, Bossart boasted a .350 average with three doubles and a triple. He also stole three bases and scored four times. Defensively, he threw out four of six baserunners attempting to steal and threw behind a runner to record an out at first base against Duke. Working in tandem with Bet and Gautieri, the three combined for 15 innings of shutout baseball.
Gautieri worked a complete game in a 7-0 shutout of Winthrop on Saturday. The sophomore improved to 2-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.23 in the win. Scattering eight hits over nine innings and striking out seven Eagles, he was constantly on the attack, never hitting or walking a batter. Only five runners reached scoring position for Winthrop on the day, and the team combined to hit 0-for-5 in the situations when they did.
It was an equally impressive day for Bet when he faced Duke in the series opener between the two teams. Working six scoreless innings, the junior made his first career start look effortless. A single in the first inning was the only runner Bet allowed in the first four innings. After the Blue Devils put two men on with no outs in the fifth, they hit into a double play and followed with another grounder to end the inning. All told, Duke managed just two hits and three total baserunners in six innings against Bet, who dropped his ERA to 1.00.
The Quakers are back in action on Wednesday afternoon with a 3 p.m. contest at Towson, and make their home debut on Saturday with a 12 p.m. doubleheader against George Washington.