PHILADELPHIA – For the second consecutive week senior first baseman Matt McKinnon earned Big 5 Player of the Week, and sophomore left-handed pitcher Mike Reitcheck earned Big 5 Pitcher of the Week for the University of Pennsylvania baseball team.
It is the third consecutive week that Penn players have swept the awards, after senior outfielder Connor Betbeze and senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn earned the Big 5 honors on April 6.
McKinnon shared the Player of the Week honors this week with La Salle’s Ryan Welling.
The senior left-handed first baseman extended his hitting streak to 10 games, before it ended in the second game against Princeton on Sunday. McKinnon went 7-for-20 (.350) in the final six games of the streak, with eight RBI and a double and home run. He also scored five runs for Penn. Over the span of the entire 10-game span dating back to April 7, the left-handed hitter went 18-for-37 (.486) with 14 RBI, while scoring six runs. He totaled five extra base hits – three doubles, a triple, and a home run.
For the second consecutive start, Reitcheck went 8.0 innings in an Ivy League outing, picking up his fifth win of the season (5-1) against Princeton on Saturday. Reitcheck’s shutout performance through eight innings helped lower his overall ERA to 1.81 on the season, in 44.2 innings pitched. Against the Tigers Saturday, Reitcheck totaled six strikeouts pushing his season total to 25. This is Reitcheck’s first season as a starting pitcher, after coming out of the bullpen last year and leading Penn in saves with five.
Penn will play a midweek non-conference game at home Wednesday versus Philadelphia University beginning at 3:45 p.m., before an Ivy League Gehrig Division deciding four-game series with Columbia this coming Saturday and Sunday. The Quakers will play two games at Columbia on Saturday, before hosting the Lions in a doubleheader Sunday at Meiklejohn Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.