Since top pitchers Vince Voiro and Cody Thomson were sitting out to rest, Cole decided to give his lesser-used arms an opportunity. But they couldn’t get the job done, and the Quakers fell to the Explorers, 11-4, at Meiklejohn Stadium.
Penn sits in the bottom position of its division, tied with Columbia at 5-3. Cornell, at 7-1, is alone at the top, for now. As Penn coach John Cole said of the tight race, “Anything can happen in this league.”
The Quakers dropped two games to Dartmouth on Saturday before sweeping Harvard the following day in Boston to earn a split on the weekend.
After a 3-5 start, the Quakers are getting hot — they’ve won four of their last five games due, in no small part, to the squad cleaning up its act.
After being blown out, 12-2, in the first game of a doubleheader against Brown on Monday afternoon, the Quakers rebounded with a 7-5 comeback win.
The Quakers swept Yale in Sunday’s doubleheader in its Ivy opener and will make up Saturday’s canceled doubleheader against Brown on Saturday.
It’s time to put it all together for the Penn baseball team (8-9), which seems to be catching fire at the right time heading into this weekend’s Ivy openers against Brown and Yale.
Freshman pitcher Connor Cuff came to Penn with high expectations, but so far he has performed well for the Quakers.
With their 11-4 victory over Villanova in the opening game of the Liberty Bell Classic on Tuesday, the Quakers now need a win over LaSalle next week to go to the championship game, which will be played at the home of the Phillies on April 17.
After all these highlights and lowlights, Tuesday’s 3 p.m. meeting with Villanova is the last chance for the Quakers to bring all aspects together at once before the Ivy season.
The Quakers won two out of three games against Lafayette. The third game was a nailbiter with Penn emerging victorious in eleven innings.
The likely goal for Penn and Lafayette this weekend, as they play a set of home-and-home doubleheaders against one another, will be to make some final tweaks to the rotation and round into form.
The Quakers beat Villanova Wednesday afternoon to get their first win against the Wildcats since 2009.
Coach John Cole said he had a pretty good idea coming into the season that the rookie would take the starting job, filling the void left by catcher Will Davis, a Phillies signee last year.
The Penn baseball team fell in the rubber match of a three game series with Charleston Southern after weather and travel plans caused the game to be called in the fifth inning.
Phillies fans across the area could only dream of conversing with the likes of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. But for former Penn righty Paul Cusick, it became a reality earlier this week.
For spectators, it was a great day to go to a Penn baseball game with perfect weather and an exciting game. But, the Quakers couldn’t help but feel disappointed after a tough extra innings loss.
The Quakers, who played eight games in Florida over Spring Break, are 3-5, and have been blown out in four of their losses. The coaches have been shifting its starting lineup, and three separate players have been used as cleanup.
Unlike many other schools against whom they competed, Penn (3-5) was just starting their season and dropped their first three games before breaking their fall.
While every little league baseball player may dream of someday playing for his favorite team, very few reach that ultimate goal. But Penn baseball alum Paul Cusick is on his way to doing just that.