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Penn orchestrated a dominant campaign last year, clinching their second consecutive Ivy League baseball title, a feat unseen since the late 1980s. Their stellar performance extended onto the national stage as they progressed to the title round of the Auburn Regional, where they secured an electrifying victory over the host Tigers. 

Finishing the season with a 34-16 overall record, including a remarkable 16-5 mark in Ivy play, the Quakers solidified their status as a force to be reckoned with in collegiate baseball. Notably, they repeated as Ivy League Regular Season champions for the first time since 1989-90 and emerged victorious in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament, earning a coveted trip to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 1995. 

With projections touting the Quakers as formidable contenders for yet another Ivy League championship, reigning Ivy League Coach of the Year John Yurkow has his club chasing a historic Ivy League three-peat. 

"It's tough to accomplish something like that, especially in a conference as competitive as ours," Yurkow said. "But I believe in this group of guys." 

Despite the departure of key players, optimism abounds as the team retains a solid core of talent, particularly in the pitching department. Returning starters like right-handers Cole Zaffiro and Ivy League Pitcher of the Year junior Ryan Dromboski, alongside newcomer John Cerwinski, anchor the staff with their skill and reliability. 

Dromboski was exceptional last year, finishing 7-3 with a 3.17 ERA with 97 strikeouts and 35 walks, holding batters to a .197 average. 

In the bullpen, seasoned veterans Carson Ozmer and Eli Trop, recognized as premier relievers in the region, provide crucial support and are poised to make significant contributions. Both have earned coveted spots on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List. 

While the lineup undergoes restructuring due to the departure of key hitters, senior Wyatt Henseler and sophomore Davis Baker emerge as stalwarts, offering stability and offensive firepower. 

Henseler pieced together an impressive record-setting performance last season and has committed to play his graduate season at Texas A&M. He set single-season program records last year for home runs (18), RBIs (63), and total bases (142). He also owns career program records for home runs (32) and RBIs (133). 

"The amount of time he puts into the cage and just making every effort to get better, he's deserving of all of this," Yurkow said of Henseler. "He doesn't let it get to his head either, which is important. He goes out there and puts the work in, thinking about what's best for the team." 

Rising stars like Jarrett Pokrovsky and Ryan Taylor, along with promising newcomers Nick Guachione and Nick Spaventa, add depth and versatility to the team, with coaches expressing confidence in their potential to make immediate impacts. 

Spaventa, a standout designated hitter, has already demonstrated his prowess during the fall season, impressing coaches with his advanced skills at the plate and poised to be a significant contributor in the heart of the lineup. He comes to Penn as a four-year letter winner at Gloucester County Institute of Technology, and was a two-time first-team All-Conference selection in 2022 and 2023. He also was a two-time member of the Tri-Cape Carpenter Cup teams. 

"He had an outstanding fall and was surprising with the bat, just how advanced he is right now," Yurkow said. "He's going to be a solid player for us in the middle of the order for us, for sure." 

The Quakers commence their season on Friday with the start of a four-game series at Abilene Christian, poised to build upon their previous success and set the stage for another memorable campaign.

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