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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2014 season left some to be desired.
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.
After a surprisingly successful season, Penn baseball finally met its match Saturday against Columbia and David Speer.
Penn baseball will have one final chance to knock off defending Ivy League Champion Columbia and return to the postseason for the first time since 2007
There’s no question that Penn baseball and its counterparts from Columbia are the two most evenly matched squads in the Ivy League this year. So how can Penn separate itself?
the Gehrig Division title on the line, the Red and Blue split their four game
series with Columbia to remain tied atop the standings and force a deciding
one-game playoff next weekend.
In Penn baseball’s quest for the Ivy League title, the club’s freshmen, a group that hails from all parts of the country, are more than along for the ride – the bunch has been a key driver to the team’s surprise success this season
The Quakers, currently tied atop the Lou Gehrig division with Columbia, will face the defending Ivy League champion Lions this weekend in a home-and-home series to decide which club will advance to the Ivy Championship series
Baseball is a heartbreaking game. But the game didn’t break Chris Lubanski’s heart.
But for a club that has been so successful as of late, the Quakers have displayed remarkable toughness and resiliency — qualities crucial to late season success.