PHILADELPHIA - Following the Quakers' first Ivy weekend sweep since 2003, the Red and Blue had a pair of players honored by the Ivy League and Big 5. Senior Jeremy Maas was named the Player of the Week and Cusick was honored as Pitcher of the Week.
Maas picks up Penn's first Ivy Player of the Week award of the 2011 season after a standout performance to open the Ivy League season. It also marks his first Big 5 Player of the Week honor. The senior outfielder batted .571 with 12 hits and slugged .857 in leading the Red and Blue offense to a 4-1 week. Maas had four multi-hit games and a team-high six RBIs while striking out just once in 21 at-bats. He went 2-for-4 with two runs in the Quakers' 8-1 win over Harvard, then matched a career high with four hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth inning of Penn's come-from-behind 14-10 victory over reigning Ivy League champion Dartmouth. It is the senior's third straight year he has been named Ivy League Player of the Week. Maas is also the second straight Quaker to earn Big 5 Player of the Week honors after classmate Will Davis was honored last week.
Cusick, meanwhile, set the tone for Penn in the team's opening Ivy League game, tossing a complete-game five-hitter against Harvard on Saturday to earn Pitcher of the Week honors. The senior righty gave up just one unearned run and stuck out a career-high 12 batters in seven complete innings of work. He issued one walk and gave up just one extra base hit, a double. The 12 strikeouts are the most for a Quaker since Josh Appell had 15 in 2005. Cusick's 12 strikeouts also moved him into seventh place on the school's all-time strikeout list with 162. It is the third straight year the senior has been named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week. Cusick is also the second Penn pitcher to be receive Big 5 honors as freshman Matt Gotschall won the award earlier this year.
The Red and Blue look to run their win streak to five games when they host Keystone College at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.