PHILADELPHIA - Vince Voiro continued to mow down the competition this past week at Lafayette, firing a complete game, five-hit shutout of the Leopards to up his record to 3-1 and, in the process, earn his first Big 5 Pitcher of the Week this season. He adds this honor to the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week award he won two weeks ago for his complete game victory over Northeastern.
The potential for rain and generally poor weather this past weekend led to the decision to move up Sunday's scheduled doubleheader at Lafayette to a single contest on Friday, forcing John Cole to re-shuffle his deck in regards to his pitching rotation. With Voiro moved into starting the first of three games between the teams, Penn took a 2-0 lead after its first two chances at bat and the senior captain made it hold up, striking out 10 Lafayette batters while walking none in the 2-0 triumph. The Leopards went down in order in five of the nine frames and reached base in one inning due only to a throwing error.
As impressive as Voiro's performance was, it could have all gone for naught if he hadn't worked his way out of Lafayette's seventh inning. With Penn ahead by just its two-run margin, the Leopards strung three of the five hits they had in the game together in the bottom of the seventh as they looked to get back into it. But a sparkling defensive play at third erased the lead runner for one out, and with men on first and second, Voiro struck out back-to-back hitters to end the inning. Lafayette wouldn't advance a runner into scoring position the rest of the way.
This is Voiro's second Big 5 honor of his career with the first coming early on in his sophomore season. Unbeaten in his last three starts, Penn's ace has shrunk his ERA to a miniscule 1.67 on the season while throwing 25.1 of a possible 27 innings in those outings.
Voiro and his teammates square off with Villanova tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Meiklejohn Stadium before opening Ivy League play at home this weekend, hosting Brown and Yale for a pair of doubleheaders.