Penn baseball is heating up at just the right time.
After struggling early on in nonconference play, the Quakers (4-8) look to extend their three-game winning streak as the squad prepares for the start of Ivy League play this weekend when it hosts a pair of doubleheaders against Harvard and Dartmouth.
One of the team's bright spots through a dozen contests, Penn’s formidable pitching staff will be put to the test on Saturday against the Crimson (10-8), who have posted at least eight runs in five of their last six games. Senior captain Connor Cuff is set to start the opener on Saturday, while sophomore southpaw Mike Reitcheck is expected to get the nod in game two.
Cuff has been rounding into form recently – the 2014 first-team All-Ivy selection boasts an ERA of 1.00 and is coming off an impressive complete game victory over Lafayette on Sunday.
Penn baseball had a dreadful start to its season, but the Red and Blue have finally gained some momentum, and not a moment too soon.
The road has not been kind to Penn baseball thus far this season, but a return home was not the antidote that the Red and Blue had hoped for.
I should start by coming clean: Baseball is my favorite sport.
The Quakers sent star pitcher Connor Cuff to the mound, but in the early stages of the game, he was unusually wild. He even seemed to be struggling with his command in his warmup tosses in-between innings.
After getting a first taste of live pitching, real grass and natural sunlight last weekend in Florida, Penn is set to head down to Virginia for a baseball-filled spring break.