Penn sits atop division with two game lead, four to play

Penn pitcher Jake Cousins - Courtesy of Penn Athletics
The Penn Quakers enter the final week of the regular season sitting atop the Lou Gehrig Division in the Ivy League with a two-game lead over Columbia.

As luck would have it, these two clubs will meet four times this week to round out the Ivy League regular season schedule, first with a doubleheader at Columbia on Friday and then another doubleheader on Saturday at Meikeljohn Stadium.

If Penn can fend off the Lions they will secure a spot in the Ivy League Championship Series for the first time since 2007.

This past weekend the Quakers took three-of-four in a crucial series with Cornell, eliminating the Big Red from pennant contention. The Penn pitching staff allowed just four runs over 31 innings in four games during the Cornell series, culminating in a 1.16 ERA. The Quakers went to their bullpen only once in the series, as Billy Lescher pitched the final three innings in relief in the fourth game Sunday.

Jake Cousins tossed a complete game shutout on Friday, surrendering just three hits while collecting a season high 10-strikeouts en route to a 5-0 Quakers win. The performance earned him Big 5 Pitcher of the Week and Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors.

The weekend victories also clinched a third 20-win campaign for manager John Yurkow.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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