PHILADELPHIA - Penn senior Tom Grandieri had arguably his best week of the season and was rewarded, being named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week and also the Big 5 Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Grandieri has been the offensive catalyst for the Quakers all season but brought it to another level last week. The senior right fielder was an incredible 15-for-23 in five games for a .652 average in leading the Quakers to a 4-1 week.
He had at least two hits in every game, and four games with at least three hits. Grandieri also scored at least once every game and scored three times in two contests. Against Princeton on Friday, he went 4-for-5 with three runs, four RBI, one double and one home run. Saturday he followed it up with a 3-for-4 performance with three runs and two RBI in an 8-1 win over the Tigers. Grandieri finished with 11 runs in five games to go with five doubles, two home runs and eight RBI for a 1.130 slugging percentage.
It is the second time this season he has been named Ivy Player of the Week, and is the only Ivy Leaguer to receive the award more than once this year. It's also the second time he has received Big 5 Player of the Week honors, also the only player to receive the award more than once during the season.
Overall Grandieri is second on the team with a .410 average and leads the team in hits (66), doubles (14), RBI (42) and slugging percentage (.665).
The Quakers return to action on Friday when they host Columbia in a home-and-home four game series. The Lions hold a two game lead in the Lou Gehrig Division going into the four games, with the division champion earning a chance to play for the Ivy League title.