Baseball Voted Big 5 Team of the Year

Big 5 Release

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania baseball team was named Philadelphia Big 5 Team of the Year on Monday, while three members of the team received honors. Penn garnered team of the year honors after going 20-19 overall and won the Gehrig Division title. Freshman pitcher Todd Roth was named Big 5 Co-Pitcher of the Year, Rookie of the Year and All-Big 5. W. Joseph Blood Head Coach John Cole was voted Coach of the Year and senior Joey Boaen earned Academic Big 5 accolades.

Roth, who shares pitcher of the year honors with Villanova’s Kevin Loree, has collected quite a few postseason awards. He was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and First-Team All-Ivy earlier this month. In addition, he is currently one of three finalists for InsidePitching.com’s Northeast Region Pitcher of the Year (click here to vote). Roth had a superb rookie season, going 6-2 with a 1.98 ERA, 18th in the nation. He hurled seven complete games in his last seven starts of the season.

Cole led Penn to a number of accomplishments in 2007. Penn’s 20 overall wins and 12 League wins were the most by the Quakers since 2003. He also guided Penn to its first Gehrig Division title since 1997 and its first outright title since 1995. For Cole, this season was the eighth time he has reached the 20 win plateau in a season (seven times at Rowan). This award marks his 10th coach of the year honor in nine years as a head coach.

For Boaen, this is his third academic honor this spring. Last week he was named Academic All-Ivy for the second consecutive season. Back in April he was named one of 30 finalists nationally for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

Download: All-Big Five 2007.pdf