PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers look to gain some ground in the Ivy standings when they travel to Princeton this Friday and Saturday for a four game set with the Tigers. The doubleheaders begin at noon both days.
Penn soundly beat Lehigh 12-4, and split with Cornell last weekend to move to 6-6 in the Ivy League last weekend. Princeton has dropped five of its last six, including three of four last weekend to Lou Gehrig division leader Columbia.
Last Time Out: First Inning Firepower
The Quakers scored six times in the first inning and two more times in the third to jump ahead 8-0 as they cruised to the 12-4 victory. Nine different pitchers combined to allow nine hits, strike out six and allow three earned runs, while six different players had multi-hit games for Penn. Will Davis, William Gordon and Tom Grandieri each had three hits apiece to lead the team.
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Scouting The Tigers
Princeton has struggled to a 9-24 record this season and just 4-8 in conference play, however they did beat Penn in three of four games last season.
Hitting: The Tigers are collective hitting just .2259 this season, worst in the Ivy League. They have four players hitting over .300 in Noel Gonzales-Luna (.316), John Mishu (.307), Sam Mulroy (.306) and Nate Baird (.303). Mulroy has provided the power for his leading as he is second on the team in doubles (8), home runs (7), and leads the team with 26 RBI and a .573 slugging percentage.
Pitching: Princeton sports a 7.78 team ERA, and is lead by a trio of starters in David Palms, Dan Barnes and Zak Hermans. Hermans leads the team with a 3-2 record but has an ERA of 6.51 and has stuck out 24 batters. Palm (5.36) and Barnes (6.17) both have slightly lower ERA's and have stuck out 22 and 24 batters respectively.
On The Mound
The same four pitchers have started each of the first three Ivy weekends and this Friday and Saturday against Princeton it is likely to be much of the same again. Senior Todd Roth is coming off his best performance of the year, throwing a complete game and allowing just two earned runs while striking out six. Sophomore Vince Voiro preceded Roth last Saturday and pitched well also, tossing a 7.0 inning complete game three-hitter with two earned runs. Chris McNulty didn't fair as well in his last start, allowing five earned runs in 4.2 innings with just one strikeout, however he is 3-1 on the year. Junior Paul Cusick also struggled, walking six batters in 1.2 innings of work and allowing an earned run.
The Red and Blue had 17 hits on Wednesday against Lehigh, its third highest total of the season. It marks the fifth time this season the Quakers have recorded more than 15 hits. The team also has scored more than ten or more runs in a game on ten occasions.
Penn has hit 16 home runs in its last nine games, matching the total it had through the season's first 24 contests. Leading the charge is Will Davis, who has homered in four straight games and has 11 dingers on the season. His total is tied for second all-time in a single season, trailing Tom Olszak's 12, set in 1979.
Getting To First
Dan Williams went 1-for-4 on Wednesday and has now reached base safely in 27 straight games, and 31 of 33 contests this season. He leads the team with a .424 average and hasn't dipped below .380 since March 20.
First baseman William Gordon had his second three-hit performance of the season, and first in a month, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run. He also added a double, his 14th of the season.
150 Hit Club
With four hits this weekend, Tom Grandieri will become just the second active Penn player with 150 hits. The senior owns a career .349 average in 110 games and also has hit 42 doubles.
Senior William Gordon will be making his 150th career start over the weekend against Princeton. Gordon, a four-year starter for Penn, is also 13th on the Ivy League's career doubles list, with 47 and has 121 career RBI.
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.
Ivy Record Watch
Reid Terry threw the ninth inning in Wednesday's win over Lehigh, for his 66th career appearance on the mound. The senior right hander has made at least 15 appearances in three of his four seasons. Terry's total of 66 is third all-time in Ivy League history. He is reach of the record of 69 set by Adam Barrick of Yale. Rob Monnes is right behind him in second with 68.