Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - One day after being named the Big 5 Pitcher of the Week, Vince Voiro added to his impressive résumé by being honored as the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. In addition, freshman Connor Cuff was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his two outstanding appearances out of the bullpen in the past week.
Voiro has pitched 25.1 of a possible 27.0 innings in his last three starts and Penn's 3-0 record in those starts is a testament to how he has silenced opposing bats. His most recent outing came against Lafayette, in which he threw a complete game, five-hit shutout of the Leopards and came away with the win despite only two runs of support. The senior captain struck out 10 and walked none, picking up his two most vital strikeouts of the day back-to-back with the bases loaded and one away in the seventh inning.
Cuff will pick up more starts as the season progresses, but this week it was his performance coming out of the pen that earned him his first collegiate honor. In last Wednesday's game with Villanova, Cuff locked down on the Wildcat hitters after being staked to a 4-2 lead entering the game in the sixth inning, giving up a single run but more than making up for it by striking out eight in his four innings of action. Penn would go on to win 6-3 as the freshman earned win #1 of his time as a Quaker. He continued to impress this weekend, working 1.1 innings in relief facing Lafayette without allowing a hit. His time on the mound got the game to extras where Penn was eventually able to win with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 11th.
Penn will take on Villanova later this afternoon in the opening game of the Liberty Bell Classic before opening Ivy League play this weekend with home doubleheaders against Brown (Saturday) and Yale (Sunday) beginning at 12 p.m.