Welcome New PCBers

Gus and I would like to officially recognize the newest members of PCB:

  • Jerome Allen Jr.
  • Sam Bauman
  • Kyle Bigley
  • Joe Cappadona
  • Michael Desantis
  • Alex Hoffnagle
  • Jack Kolansky
  • Will Langfitt
  • Michael McDonald
  • Jake Pardo
  • Josh Parasar
  • Jason Powery
  • Matt Raimo
  • Casey Zuccarello

Congrats boys and welcome to the squad. To everyone out there following PCB we have our first scrimmage against Lehigh on 9/20 and our first conference series of the year at Villanova on 10/4.

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Tryouts Scheduled

Tryouts will be held on Saturday, September 6th from 2-5 PM at the baseball field (Meiklejohn Stadium).  If you have any questions please feel free to email one of the team’s presidents:

Matt Gus – gusm@seas.upenn.edu

Ben Rogers – broge@sas.upenn.edu

If you haven’t already reached out to one of us or stopped by and signed in at the club fair please shoot an email so we can get you on our list and send out any details or changes for tryouts as it gets closer.

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone out there!

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2014-15 Tryouts Status

To all incoming Penn students, or anyone else interested in playing club baseball during the 2014-2015 season, we’ll be hosting our tryouts sometime in September.  Unfortunately we do not have a date yet, but we anticipate it being the second or third weekend after classes start up.  We’ll post the date and time as soon as we know.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to one of the team’s co-presidents:

Ben Rogers – broge@sas.upenn.edu

Matt Gus – gusm@seas.upenn.edu

Also, be sure to stop by the Club Baseball table during the Fall Activities Club Fair (Thursday, 8/28, 5-8 PM) for more information and to sign up for tryouts.

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New PCB Officers

Gus & Rogers

It’s the beginning of a new era. For the first time in years, the PCB Co-President positions will be held by two seniors (pictured above). Penn Club Baseball would like to congratulate the new team officers for the 2014-15 season:

Co-Presidents: Matt Gus & Ben Rogers

Vice President: Doug Meyers

Treasurer: Matt Fink

Secretary: Andrew Becker

Social Chairs: Sam Rogers & Dan Smith

Gus will serve as Co-President for the second year running and will be joined by a staff that is more than capable of leading the team to glory days, both on and off the field. We did not get the results we wanted this year, but things are certainly looking up for PCB.

 

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Game 3 vs TCNJ

With a chance at Regionals hanging in the balance, Penn Club Baseball played our third and final game against TCNJ. Unfortunately, the outcome would not be in our favor.

Things started poorly from the outset, as half of our team got lost on the way to the field and arrived mere minutes before start time. With no opportunity to warm up, starting pitcher, Doug “Slim Jim” Meyers, got off to a rough start, allowing four runs in the first inning. Already in a hole, things seemed grim for PCB. We remained persistent though, tying the game up after productive 2nd and 3rd innings. Another shaky start for Meyers in the 4th called for a pitching change. After settling in, Andrew Becker moderately calmed the TCNJ bats; however, with two outs in the bottom of the 7th, we were still down by two runs. Time to put on your rally caps, gentlemen.

Becker kept hope alive with a walk, and Matt Fink reached base on an error. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. With the tying run in scoring position, James Townsend came up big. Managing to work the count to 3-2, Townsend drove the ball down the right field line, scoring both runners. Suddenly, the game was tied (9-9), and it felt like PCB had all the momentum. It was not to be though. An error and some timely hits allowed TCNJ to take another two-run lead in extras, and the game would end with the score 11-9.

As always, we’d like to thank the families who came out to support us. Considering the extremely sloppy play from both sides, the loss was a tough one to swallow. PCB closes out its season this upcoming weekend with a 3-game series against Rider.

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Conference Series vs Rowan

This past weekend, Penn Club Baseball played a three-game conference series against Rowan. After an extremely long two days, we left South Jersey with one victory and two losses.

Saturday’s Game 1 was a pitching duel. After a dormant start at the plate, we scored three runs in the 4th behind James “Big Stick” Emerick’s big RBI single. Freshman pitcher, Andrew Becker, had his first start on the mound and did not disappoint. Allowing just one earned run and striking out twelve batters, Becker had Rowan’s line-up off balance all night. With a one-run lead in the 6th inning, Matthew “Okie” Powery stole home on a wild pitch, giving us a two-run cushion. That extra run would prove crucial, as Rowan scored another in the top of the 7th. Thankfully, Becker did not panic, and we walked away with the W (4-3).

Games 2 and 3 were contested Sunday afternoon/night. In the first game, Doug “Slim Jim” Meyers looked to continue his streak of dominance on the mound. In his typical fashion, Meyers found himself in and out of trouble throughout the first few innings. We traded runs with Rowan and took a one-run lead in the 6th. It was not meant to be, however, as Rowan put up a 9-spot in the bottom half of the inning, effectively ending the game. This swing of momentum carried into the third game, as we could not get our bats going. James Townley pitched well but did not receive any run support, and we lost the rubber match 9-2.

From the mishandling of game times to the outcomes of the games themselves, there were a lot of lowlights this weekend. Mixed in were a few highlights that lightened the burden of losing just a bit…

Lowlights:

-          not starting Game 1 until 9PM (and not having any time to warm up)

-          spending a combined 12 hours at the field

-          the infield’s beach-like qualities

-          the obnoxious fan(s)

-          Quinn running into the fence in center…and then getting plunked in the head the following inning

-          waiting around for the field lights to turn on

Highlights:

-          Mr. Rogers being admonished by a tax-paying, proud mother

-          Gaer face planting during I/O

-          Taggart going 6 for 6 on stolen bases

-          Rittler taking a trip down memory lane

-          Bobby ruining the dugout experience for the entire team

-          Wawa subs and Townley’s mom’s famous cookies

-          Gus and Okie’s Legion night

We’d like to thank the families and girlfriends who came out to support us. The conditions were less than ideal, but you hung in there with us. Hopefully the results will be better in our next game (Friday, April 18th, vs TCNJ).

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Conference DH vs TCNJ Recap

Today marked the official start of PCB’s spring season. Meiklejohn Stadium played host as we got things rolling with a double header against TCNJ. It looked like we were determined to lose when we first took the field. TCNJ quickly scored two runs following a couple errors and walks. After the first inning, we settled down in the field, backing up Kirav Patel’s solid outing on the mound. In fact, the freshman pitcher did not give up any more runs for the rest of the game. From there, it was up to our bats to get it done. Led by Ben “Brogers” Rogers and Joseph “All-state” Strege, we finally took the lead in the bottom of the fifth and won the game 4 to 2.

The story of the second game was Doug “Slim Jim” Meyers’ standout performance on the mound. Usually offering to pitch the first game of a series, Meyers elected to switch things up. It turned out to be a great decision. Meyers was in the zone all day, striking out thirteen TCNJ batters and allowing just two runs in the final frame. He even struck out the side after loading the bases in the fourth inning. PCB waited until the fifth inning to really get the bats going, and things culminated in the sixth with Rogers’ bases-clearing double. We left Meiklejohn with a 6 to 2 victory and a two-game sweep for the day.

Despite stranding an unhealthy amount of runners, we walked away with two more in the win column (putting us at 3-2 on the season thus far). Here are some other highlights/lowlights from the day:

-          The recurring infield fly calls

-          Fink’s glove toss

-          Wolfen doing his best Bill Buckner impression… and Rogers astutely pointing out that “he used to be an outfielder”

-          Rawlin’s glove… still not broken in

-          Townsend trying to take the field with a hoodie under his jersey

-          Wags showing up to watch the game from the stands

-          Gus’ 2-hit day

-          Townley’s mom’s cookies

-          Norton’s incredibly illegible bookkeeping

Special thanks go out to the families who made the trip down and to our peers who cheered us (well, cheered Meyers) on today. We’ll finish up our series with TCNJ later in the semester, and our next games will be at Rowan in two weeks.

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