PHILADELPHIA – For the second consecutive week, the University of Pennsylvania baseball team swept the Big 5 baseball awards, with senior first baseman Matt McKinnon earning Player of the Week and sophomore pitcher Mike Reitcheck earning Pitcher of the Week.
McKinnon began a five game hitting streak earlier in the week versus Villanova going 4-for-4 with a double and a triple, while driving in one run. In four games versus Cornell over the weekend, the left-handed hitter totaled seven hits and drove in five runs. For the week, McKinnon hit .550 (11-for-20) and now leads Penn in batting with a .359 average.
Reitcheck picked up his team leading fourth win on the season Saturday in game two versus the Big Red. The left-hander worked eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out six. With the victory, Reithcheck moved into a tie for second place in the Ivy League for wins. He’s also third in the league in earned-run average, with a 2.21 mark.
Last week, senior Connor Betbeze and Ronnie Glenn earned Player and Pitcher of the Week in the Big 5. Thus far in 2015, Penn has now had five players earn Big 5 honors.
The Quakers host NYIT in a doubleheader on Wednesday at 1 p.m., before hosting Princeton for four games this weekend at Meiklejohn Stadium.