Penn baseball will escape the cold with a trip to Florida to open up the 2015 season against Stetson this weekend.
The Quakers are coming off of a strong 2014 season.
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 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.
Everyone knows the old adage: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Well, it wouldn’t exactly be fair to say that John Yurkow failed to succeed in his first season as the head coach of Penn baseball.
The 2014 season left some to be desired.
After a surprisingly successful season, Penn baseball finally met its match Saturday against Columbia and David Speer.