PHILADELPHIA – Playing a non-conference midweek game at Meiklejohn Stadium, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team will matchup against Saint Peter’s Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Penn (7-9, 3-1 Ivy) is coming into the game having won three of its last four games, all by the way of walk-off hits. The Quakers did so in two games against Harvard on Monday and once on Sunday versus Dartmouth.
Fans can watch the game versus Saint Peter’s (2-14) live on the Ivy League Digital Network ($), or follow live stats and Twitter - @PennBaseball.
SCOUTING SAINT PETER’S: The Peacocks entered Tuesday with a 2-14 record and a game against NJIT, before traveling to Penn on Wednesday. Saint Peter’s lone wins have come against Quinnipiac and Niagara. So far in 2015, the Peacocks have been outscored 113-38. On offense the team is led by senior outfielder Zach Rawson (.289, 2 R, 3 RBI) and freshman outfielder Nick Ciocco (.350, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI). On the mound, junior right-handed pitcher John Leiter leads the team in strikeouts with 16.
LAST YEAR VERSUS THE PEACOCKS: Penn and Saint Peter’s met in a midweek game last season, with the Quakers winning the matchup, 8-4. Tim Graul had perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a home run and a double, while collecting three RBIs. Right-handed pitcher Mitch Holtz threw 1.1 innings in relief, allowing no runs in picking up the win.
GLENN – IVY LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Pitching twice this past week, Penn senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week. Highlighting the week was Glenn’s nine inning, complete game, victory over Harvard on Monday. The Quakers won 2-1 in the extra inning game, where Glenn allowed just one run in the top of the first inning before throwing eight scoreless frames. In his first victory this spring, he struck out five Crimson batters. On Tuesday last week, Glenn started the round one Liberty Bell Classic game versus SJU, working five innings, allowing two runs, while striking out eight. Glenn (1-2, 2.28 ERA) leads Penn in strikeouts with 22, and is tied for seventh in the Ivy League. He is currently averaging 8.37 strikeouts per game.
NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR GLENN: Penn senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn was selected as one of 30 candidates nationwide for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate baseball. The award recognizes student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, candidates must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. For more on Glenn’s impressive accolades please click here.
WALK-OFF MONDAY VERSUS HARVARD: Rounding out its Ivy League opening weekend on Monday, Penn defeated Harvard in its final at bat in both games of a doubleheader, winning 2-1 in extra innings in game one and 4-3 in game two. In game one, it was junior outfielder Connor Betbeze providing the key hit for the Quakers in extra innings, roping a base hit to right field scoring junior Ryan Mincher from third base and giving the Red and Blue the 2-1 victory. In game two Monday, it would be junior outfielder Gary Tesch with a base hit to the outfield and an opposing outfielder mishandling the ball – just as it was Sunday – allowing the winning run to score.
SPLIT SUNDAY VERSUS DARTMOUTH: Playing at home in its Ivy League opening matchup, Penn split its doubleheader with Dartmouth winning in walk-off fashion in game one, 4-3, before allowing a lead to slip away late in game two, falling 4-3. The Quakers came away with a victory in game one on a walk-off base hit by junior outfielder Gary Tesch, scoring Jonah Campbell.On the mound in the opener, senior right-handed pitcher Connor Cuff gave up one run early in the second inning, then settled in before finding trouble in the seventh. Dartmouth managed to score two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game, 3-3. In game two, Penn led 2-0 after seven innings, before allowing four runs in the final two frames. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Mike Reitcheck put together a quality start for the Quakers, pitching seven shutout innings. He scattered six hits, allowed no runs and didn’t walk a batter, while striking out three. Reitcheck earned a no decision after exiting the game with a 2-0 lead.