Sam Gilbert Named Ivy Pitcher of the Week

PHILADELPHIA – Sam Gilbert was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday based on his performance the week ending 3/31. This is the first such selection for the freshman hurler from Vienna, Va. He is the first Penn pitcher to garner Pitcher of the Week honors since Todd Roth in April of 2007.

Gilbert appeared in three of Penn’s five games last week, pitching 8.2 scoreless innings while allowing just six hits and striking out three.

His performance in Sunday’s 6-4 win over Brown propelled him to Pitcher of the Week.

With the Quakers trailing, 3-0, with only two outs in the first inning, Gilbert came in and shut the Bears down for the next 6.2 innings. He gave up only five hits and two walks. The runners that reached base did not advance very far – only three of those seven runners advanced to second base and none made it to third.

His ability to control the game for the Red and Blue allowed the offense to come to life – Penn scored five times in the fifth inning to take the lead.

When Gilbert turned the ball over to Tom Grandieri in the eighth inning, he left with a 6-3 lead. While Brown added a run in the ninth, it was not enough and Gilbert earned his first collegiate win via a 6-4 decision.

On the season, Gilbert has appeared in five games out of the bullpen for the Quakers and has yet to allow a run in his 9.2 innings. The hit he allowed against Yale on Saturday was the first he gave up all season – in his fourth appearance.

Gilbert and the rest of the Quakers take the field again on Wednesday for a doubleheader with Big 5 rival, Saint Joseph’s. Game one starts at 1:30 p.m. at Meiklejohn Stadium.