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Penn baseball drops opening series to Stetson

The first win is out the way. Already ahead of last year’s pace, there should be many more to come for Penn baseball.

The Red and Blue dropped two of three games against Stetson in Florida to open their 2015 season, winning the second game in between losses in the series opener and rubber match on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

Baseball Issue: Catching for a championship

Austin Bossart is hoping the fourth time’s a charm.

Through three years as the Red and Blue’s starting catcher, Bossart has enjoyed one of the most impressive careers in recent Penn history, but he is eager to get his hands on a championship this final time around.

Both an offensive and defensive stalwart, Bossart was integral to the Quakers’ impressive run last season, which ended abruptly with a playoff loss to Columbia.

Several preseason changes were critical to Bossart’s contributions to a surprisingly successful Penn season in 2014.

For one, Bossart jumped from the six-spot in the lineup to the two-hole and didn’t miss a beat.

The O’Fallon, Illinois, native improved his on base percentage to a team-leading .397, batted a solid .297 and finished second in the club in both hits (47) and runs (29).

Those numbers alone were worthy of Bossart’s first-team All-Ivy selection, but the job he did behind the plate was just as impressive.

The Penn pitching staff pieced together stellar outing after stellar outing last season.

Baseball Issue: Quakers reinforced by strong rookie class

Baseball is known as “America’s national pastime,” a sport with a ton of history. However, despite the sports roots in the past, Penn baseball has set itself up for the future solid youth contingent for the 2015 season.

The Red and Blue will see 10 freshmen grace the diamond of Meiklejohn Stadium this spring.

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