Penn picked by D1Baseball to win Ivy League title; captains named

Penn picked to finish in first in Ivy League
The Philadelphia college baseball scene is on the upswing, and the Penn Quakers appear to be the local club destined to make the most national noise in 2020.

D1Baseball.com predicts the Quakers will win the Ivy League title and it's easy to see why. The club returns seven positional starters and their entire starting rotation, led by Ivy League Pitcher of the Year Christian Scafidi. In his ten appearances and nine starts last year, Scafidi posted a 6-1 record to go along with a 2.62 ERA.

All-Ivy selections Chris Adams, Eduardo Malinowski, Craig Larsen, and Peter Matt, along with Ivy League Rookie of the Year Josh Hood, lead an offense that was recognized as one of the best in the nation. The club finished the year with a .334 team batting average, the second-highest mark among all Division I clubs.

The club also put a ton of runs on the board, averaging 8.6 per game - the highest mark in program history since 1894.

Earlier this week, head coach John Yurkow named Adams, Matt, and Scafidi as captains of the club entering 2020. Adams, who likely will move to third base this season, hit .371 last season and compiled 11 multi-hit games. Matt, a right fielder, finished third last year in the Ivy League with 64 hits while posting a .328 batting average.

The Quakers open the 2020 season on Friday, February 28, with the start of a three-game set at Kennesaw State. The club opens its home portion of the schedule on Saturday, March 21, with an Ivy League doubleheader against Dartmouth.

A full preview of the Quakers 2020 season will run next week.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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