PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers seek to rebound from consecutive losses on Sunday when they host the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Wednesday afternoon at Meiklejohn Stadium with first pitcher set for 3 p.m.
The Red and Blue are 16-16, surpassing their win total from a season ago. The team's six Ivy wins are also more than they had a year ago. Lehigh enters the game following a weekend sweep at the hands of Army. The Mountain Hawks had won six straight games going into the weekend, including a four-game sweep of Lafayette two weekends ago.
Last Time Out: Split Personality
Penn's weekend was a mixed bag, as the Quakers demolished Cornell 17-2 and 12-2 on Saturday before falling to the Big Red 10-9 and 11-6 on Sunday. Junior Dan Williams was 6-for-7 on Saturday as Vince Voiro won his third game of the season and Todd Roth turned in a vintage performance for his second win on the year. On Sunday, the Red and Blue got down early but scored seven times in the bottom of sixth, highlighted by a Will Davis grand slam, to tie the game. The team ended up falling in nine innings and couldn't regroup for the second game, getting down 11-3 midway through the game.
On The Mound
The Quakers threw eight pitchers in last week's Wednesday's 11-7 victory over La Salle and fans can expect to see something similar against Lehigh. Freshman John Beasley has started each of the last three midweek games and could get the ball again on Wednesday. Against Saint Joseph's, he threw three scoreless innings while allowing two hits. Versus Delaware two weeks ago he gave up three earned runs, however, rebounded with a scoreless inning against La Salle. Overall the right hander hasn't allowed a run in four of his last five appearances, throwing 10.1 innings with seven strikeouts and a 2.61 ERA.
Following The Red And Blue
Fans of Penn baseball can follow all the action via live stats (click here). Lehigh will also be providing a radio broadcast free of charge (click here).
Scouting The Mountain Hawks
Hitting: Lehigh struggled with its offense last weekend as the Hawks weren't able to score more than two runs in any of its four games against Army. Kevin Mihalik leads the team with a .316 average and also gets on base at a .400 clip. He is one of three players hitting over .300 along with Logan Winchester and Bill Goldman. The two lead the team with 34 and 38 hits respectively and have combined to score 39 runs. Andrew Russell is a power threat, as he has six of the team's 12 home runs, and team-high 23 RBI.
Pitching: The Mountain Hawks success is contingent on their pitching, as they sport a team ERA of 5.48 and have three starters with at least three wins and an ERA under 4.00. Andrew Berger has been arguably the team's best starter thus far, with a 3.96 ERA, 3-1 record and 34 strikeouts to just nine walks.
Junior Jeremy Maas has hits in 13 of his last 14 games and improved his average to .373 on the season. He's hitting .455, with 25 hits, 22 runs, six doubles, four home runs and 14 RBI during that span and has swiped four bases as well.
Getting To First
Dan Williams had his 15 game hit streak snapped on Sunday with a 0-for-4 performance, however he still reached base via walk. The junior has now reached base safely in 26 straight games, and 30 of 32 contests this season. He leads the team with a .425 average and hasn't dipped below .380 since March 20.
Jack Of All Trades
Senior Tom Grandieri has done a bit of everything for the Quakers this season, ranking in the top three on the team in average (.370), hits (51), runs (32), doubles (13), stolen bases (6), home runs (4) and RBI (34).
Junior Will Davis hit is first career grand slam on Sunday against Cornell for his third straight game with a home run. The catcher has gone yard a league-high six times in Ivy play and has ten home runs on the year. The total ties William Gordon's total from last year and is two short of the single-season record of 12 set by Tom Olszak in 1979.
The Quakers have been the most potent offense of any Ivy League team this year. Penn leads the league in average (.317), runs per game (7.9), hits per game (10.9), doubles (82) and slugging percentage (.494). Penn is also ranked 24th nationally in doubles per game (2.56) and 55th in slugging percentage.