PHILADELPHIA - While most of Penn's baseball squad has been playing summer ball in leagues around the Mid-Atlantic region, pitcher Paul Cusick has taken his talents to California, toeing the slab for the Atwater Aviators of the Pacific West Baseball League.
The Aviators are 13-9 so far this summer, thanks in large part to the tall righty. Cusick is 5-1 on the season, with an ERA of 2.86. Over 44 innings of work, he has fanned 56 hitters to just 28 walks.
For his effort, Cusick has been named to the PWBL's All-Star Game. The best players out West this summer will converge upon Tony Zupo Field in Lodi, Calif. on Monday, July 26. Tony Zupo Field was the former home of the L.A. Dodgers' California League afiliate.
Cusick's best outing of the summer came on June 16 when he tossed a complete-game one-hitter against the Humboldt Crabs. Cusick gave up his lone hit with two outs in the third, keeping the Crabs off the scoreboard in a 7-0 Aviator win. His performance was so dominant, the opposing manager spent most of his post-game media session complimenting Cusick's effort, calling the Delware native "A smart pitcher" who "threw a heluva game".
Cusick is one of six Aviators on the All-Star team, which will be helmed by Aviator's skipper Rollo Adams.