Penn's Boys of Spring Head West

Philadelphia - The 2005 Penn Baseball season isupon us andthe Quakers players and coaches are heading west to sunny California for this year’s Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic held in Fresno, Calif. (March 7-12).

The Red and Blue will look to get geared up for a challenging Ivy League season by facing some of the best competition collegiate baseball has to offer. Scheduled to participate in the tournament is host university Fresno State, Southern Utah, San Francisco, Gonzaga, Penn State, Dallas Baptist and Monmouth.

Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic Schedule

Red Division
Fresno State, Southern Utah, Penn, USF

Blue Division
Gonzaga, Penn State, Dallas Baptist, Monmouth

Monday, March 7 (Home team listed second)
Penn 0, USF 7
Penn State 6,Monmouth 3
Dallas Baptist 5,Gonzaga 4
Southern Utah 3, Fresno State 5

Thursday, March10 (Home team listed second)
Penn State 13, Southern Utah 2
Penn1, Gonzaga 4
Monmouth5, San Francisco 3
7 p.m.Dallas Baptistv. Fresno State

Tuesday, March8 (Home team listed second)
Monmouth 5,Dallas Baptist 8
USF 10,Southern Utah 3
Gonzaga 14, Penn State 6
Penn 1,Fresno State 6

Friday, March11 (Home team listed second)
Southern Utah13, Monmouth 8
Penn2, Dallas Baptist 9
Penn State1, San Francisco 6
Gonzaga3, Fresno State 6

Wednesday, March 9 (Home team listed second)
Dallas Baptist 4,Penn State 5
Southern Utah18, Penn 6
Gonzaga 13,Monmouth 4
USF 8,Fresno State 5

Saturday, March12 (Home team listed second)
Penn4, Monmouth 10
Southern Utah7, Dallas Baptist 8
Penn State6, Gonzaga 8
Fresno State0, San Francisco 13

Penn returns 17 upperclassmen, including 12 seniors. Serving as captains for the upcoming season are Bryan Graves and Evan Sobel. Both were key components in last year’s team and look to continue their leadership on and off the field in 2005.

Sobel and Graves finished the season ranked fourth (.302) and fifth (.301), respectively, in batting average a year ago. In fact, Graves finished in the top-five on the team in all 12 offensive categories, while Sobel was top-five in eight categories, including co-leading the squad in RBI’s with 26. Sobel also played well in the field, leading Penn in defensive assists with 88 from the shortstop position.

Also returning for his senior season is Nate Moffie. Moffie was an offensive juggernaut, leading the Quakers in 10 of 12 offensive categories.

Coach Seddon has one of the deepest pitching rotations in recent years with the return of Brian Winings (RHP) and two-sport student-athlete Josh Appell (LHP). Both hurlers moved into starting roles during the 2004 season after working primarily as closers in their sophomore campaigns. Brian Cirri, Joe Thornton, Bill Kirk, Drew Matheson, Dan Finkelstein and Michael Gibbons all return and will be joined by a few hard-throwing rookies.

Matt Horn, earning CoSIDA District II All-America honors last season, will call the games from behind the plate for the Red and Blue. Horn led the Quakers in defensive chances (174) and defensive putouts (135) last season.

Penn opens the 2005 season in Fresno, Calif. with against Southern Utah (March 5) and Monmouth (March 6). The Red and Blue open Murphy Field against Temple (March 16).

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications