College Baseball Notebook: The Penn offense, Hinchliffe and Tatoian honors, and a huge D-III weekend with conference implications

Philadelphia College Baseball Weekly Notebook
The Penn Quakers (17-9, 6-3) enter the weekend sitting atop the Ivy League standings in a three-way tie with Harvard and Columbia. The club hosts Princeton this weekend with a single game Friday afternoon and then a doubleheader on Saturday.

The Quakers offense is hitting .350 on the season, the second highest mark in the country of all D-I programs. Senior catcher Matt O'Neill ranks 19th individually in the country in batting average with a .419 mark.

Saturday's doubleheader will serve as Penn's 'Vs Cancer Game'. Penn has raised more than $35,000 for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) since 2014 and have raised nearly $8,000 this year. To support the Quakers' cause, follow the corresponding link.

La Salle reliever named to Golden Spikes Watch List
Senior right-hander Connor Hinchliffe has been named to the Golden Spikes Watch List. The closer has made 17 appearances this season, posting a 1.66 ERA while collecting 32 strikeouts over 21 2/3 innings of work.

La Salle hosts Quinnipiac in a non-conference doubleheader at home on Saturday.

Big D-III Weekend
Cabrini (22-6, 8-0) plays Marymount in a battle of the top two clubs in the Atlantic East Conference. The Cavs have won five straight and eight of their 10 games on the road this season ... Arcadia (17-9, 10-2) hosts Hood for a three-game set this weekend with the Knights sitting in first place in the MAC Commonwealth two games ahead of Hood ... Swarthmore (16-7, 4-3) hosts Franklin & Marshal on Saturday for a doubleheader. The Garnet are sitting in fifth place in a closely contested Centennial Conference, just a game off the pace. F&M is a game behind Swarthmore, so a strong showing this weekend for the Garnet could go a long way in helping contend down the final stretch of the conference schedule.

Tatoian Taters
Dave Tatoian made history on Thursday afternoon with a solo shot in the eighth inning of Gwynedd Mercy's 7-5 loss at home to Ursinus. The blast was the 21st of his career with the Griffins, breaking the program record of 20 held by Tim McMenamin and James Martin.

On the year, Tatoian is hitting .461 with three homers and 27 RBIs. He leads the Atlantic East Conference in batting average and slugging percentage (.697) and is second in the conference in RBIs.

The Griffins (11-11, 4-2) are currently situated third in the Atlantic East Standings behind Cabrini and Marymount. The club has a pivotal conference doubleheader this weekend with a visit from local rival Immaculata.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
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