PHILADELPHIA - Senior pitcher Adam Bleday and sophomore third baseman Matt McGeagh were named Philadelphia Big 5 pitcher and player of the week, respectively, for their performances this past weekend in the Marist series. This marks the third consecutive week that a Quaker has been honored by the Big 5, as Mike Reitcheck (Mar. 13) and Peter Matt (Mar. 5) have won the award in the two weeks prior.
Left-hander Adam Bleday put together his best start of the season thus far in Sunday night's series finale with Marist. Bleday tossed six strong innings while striking out a career-high 12, and allowing just two earned runs on three hits. The lefty also did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, and his 12 strikeouts are tied for the most since Dan Gautieri struck out 12 in 2013. Through three starts this season, Bleday has struck out 19 in 15 and one-third innings pitched.
Matt McGeagh posted five RBIs in the three-game series, three of which came in the game one loss as he drove in every Quaker run himself. In game one Saturday night, McGeagh launched a two-run, game-tying home run to left-center in the bottom of the second, and followed with a run-scoring ground out in the fourth to give Penn its first lead of the game. In the game two loss Sunday, the third baseman picked up where he left off by collecting two hits - including a double - to lead the team.
The sophomore came up big in Sunday night's game three win, as McGeagh drove in a run in the seventh to get Penn within one before bringing home the tying run in the bottom of the ninth on a sacrifice fly to right before the Quakers walked off with a 5-4 win.
The Quakers return to action Tuesday at 3 p.m. for their home opener against Lehigh from Meiklejohn Stadium.