It is easy to forget – given Penn men’s basketball recent ascension to Ivy League champs and March Madness – that a number of other teams are in the thick of their seasons right now, battling for similar glory. Outside of the basketball programs, seven other Penn squads will be searching for wins this weekend.
Basketball may have taken the headlines, but the rest of Penn Athletics has been equally busy.
After losing their series with Northwestern State last weekend, the Quakers (1-2) will travel to South Carolina this weekend to begin a ten-day road trip, where they will take on Wofford (3-5), Furman (4-4), and USC Upstate (3-5-1).
In this week's edition of Is Stat So?, Penn women's basketball comes up with another big output offensively, swimming and track and field win Ivy titles, and both lacrosse teams along secure huge wins alongside men's basketball.
Not everything went south for Penn baseball in the weekend’s contests. The Quakers went 1-2 in their season-opening series against the Northwestern State Demons (4-3), played on the Demons’ turf in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Without their top-flight talent and main leadership from a year ago; another challenging season looks to be on the horizon for the Quakers.
Right now, Jeff Luhnow is one of the hottest names in the MLB, but few would have ever saw that coming six years ago when Luhnow began his tenure as the Houston Astro's general manager (GM).
After four stellar years at Meiklejohn stadium, 2015 Penn graduate and left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn was taken in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball draft. Since then, Glenn has been steadily working his way up the Los Angeles Angels’ minor league ladder; he currently is in his second season with the Single-A Burlington (IA) Bees.
Pitchers Billy Lescher and Jake Cousins were taken by the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals in the 17th and 20th rounds, respectively, and fellow pitcher Adam Bleday went in the 27th round to the Houston Astros. Closer Jake Nelson rounded the group out, going in the 33rd round to the Tigers.
Major League Baseball’s amateur draft kicked off Monday night. With more thanforty rounds taking place through Wednesday, over 1,200 aspiring big leaguers will be matched with the organization with which they will begin their professional careers. A handful of recent Penn grads hope their name will be among those selected.
The year was 1971.
David Montgomery had just finished up his MBA at Wharton. Looking for a job to start right away, Montgomery interviewed with various companies like Scott Paper Company and Quaker Oats.
While the whole team battled to earn a spot in the Ivy League Championship Series, the Quakers leaned heavily on their seniors to guide the way.
Penn baseball fell to Yale in the Ivy League Championship Series in two games on Tuesday, 5-0 and 11-7.
The Quakers (23-22) were dominated all day long by the Elis (30-16) in every facet of the game.
22 years ago, before most of the players on today's team were even born, Penn baseball won the Ivy League Championship. Since then, it has only returned to the championship series once, 10 years ago in 2007. Now, they’re back and only Yale stands in the way.
Nobody remembers the team in second. Penn baseball knows this better than anyone: the past three years have been spent in the dreaded No. 2 spot. But now, at long last, the Quakers have finally gotten over the hump.
With a division-clinching win over Columbia, Penn baseball took home one of the most monumental wins in program history. And, quite simply, the response we saw today is evidence that coach John Yurkow’s Quakers have finally taken that elusive next step.
So it all comes down to this. Needing one win in two home games against second-place Columbia to clinch its first Ivy League Lou Gehrig Division title since 2007, Penn baseball failed to close out on Saturday afternoon, taking a pair of losses by scores of 14-4 and 7-5 to fall into a tie with the Lions.
NEW YORK — Could this year be the year? Thanks to a stellar day of offense — much of it from senior slugger Tim Graul — Penn baseball split a doubleheader at Columbia Friday afternoon, putting it one win shy of its first division title in ten years.
Just keep winning. If last weekend’s four-game sweep of Princeton wasn’t the biggest weekend of the season for Penn baseball, then maybe this weekend was.
It was a big-time stage for a big-time game — but by the slimmest of possible margins, Penn baseball couldn’t get the big-time win it’d been seeking for decades.