PHILADELPHIA Penn sophomore right-handed pitcher Steven Schwartz is featured in the Oct. 3 issue of Sports Illustrated in the “Faces in the Crowd” section. The Great Neck, N.Y. native was a perfect 9-0 for his summer team, the Bayside Yankees of Queens, N.Y. He led the Yankees to the National Amateur Baseball Federation Senior Division World Series title. For his efforts, Schwartz was named Tournament MVP and Rawlings National MVP. The sophomore also set a single-season ERA record for the Bayside Yankees, breaking a mark that had been intact since 1987.
In 2005, as a freshman for the Quakers, Schwartz pitched 32.2 innings in 12 appearances (tied for third on the team) with a 4.13 ERA. He pitched three and two-thirds innings in relief and struck out three to pick up his first collegiate win against Dartmouth on April 4. This season, Schwartz will try to solidify a pitching staff that graduated its top two starters Josh Appell (now in the New York Mets system) and Bill Kirk (Philadelphia Phillies system).
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant.