Conference Series Recap – Temple

This past weekend, PCB hosted Temple in a 3 game series at Meiklejohn Stadium. After a long couple of days on the Penn varsity field, we walked away with 2 wins, putting ourselves in a good position in our quest for regionals.

The series seemed like it would get off to a rough start after Game 1 starter Marshall Harden announced just minutes before game time that his arm was dead. As PCB warmed up pitchers in the pen, Marshall took the mound for what was supposed to be his only inning. After escaping the inning with just 1 run allowed, Marshall agreed to go another. Before we knew it, he was closing out the 7th inning in a complete game, 4-2 victory. He registered 10 strikeouts against 1 walk, and also got it done with the bat, plating 2 with a huge triple in PCB’s 3 run 3rd inning that gave us the lead for good.

Game 2 got off to another rocky start, as Temple put up 3 runs in the 1st inning. PCB fought back however, putting up 1 in the 2nd, 1 in the 3rd, and 4 in the 4th to take a 6-3 lead. Buoyed by a raucous cheering section, pitcher Andrew Becker was cruising after the 1st, striking out 14 in the game. The game seemed to be in hand going into the top of the 7th. However, Temple started off the last inning with 3 bloop singles to load the bases. With the bases loaded and nobody out, the Temple batter blasted a 3-run triple to center to tie the game. A few hits later, and PCB was down 8-6. By the time Doug Meyers came into the game in relief, it was too late. Game 2 ended in a disappointing 8-6 loss.

We came out on Sunday for the rubber match feeling good about our chances; our ace, Doc, was slated to start the game. As always, he excelled on the mound, going the distance and striking out 9. Up 2-1 going into the bottom of the 6th, PCB knocked home 2 more insurance runs to go up 4-1. These proved to be insignificant, however, as Doc shut the door in the 7th yet again to preserve a 4-1 victory. We were happy to end the series on a high note and put ourselves in a good position for regionals.

Highlights:

-Doc’s 85:37 strike-to-ball ratio

-Meiklejohn Stadium’s beautiful field

-Great crowd support both days (especially Saturday)

-Hoffnagle’s slick glove

-Marshall making 7 innings look easy after initially saying 1 inning was his max

-“We want Niamke!” chants

-Becker and Zuc killing the PA speaker system

-Return of ex-President Powery

Lowlights:

-Ben Rogers stopping mid-steal because he thought there were 3 strikes

-Sam Rogers’ leads off second (hate to call out both brothers for baserunning)

-Fink promising hordes of fans

-Walking to the Meik

-Smith ditching Game 3 for IM softball only to get trounced 16-1

Thanks again to the parents for coming out in strong numbers and providing sustenance (special shoutout to Mr. Quinn for making the trek down from Syracuse). We have a big series next weekend against St. Joes that could determine who goes to regionals. Looking forward to a good practice on Wednesday.

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Conference Series vs. Rowan – Recap

This weekend, PCB had a conference series against Rowan. Hoping to sweep for the second series in a row, we came away with one win and one loss to put ourselves in decent shape for the remainder of the season.

We were supposed to have a night game on Friday to start the series, but the game got called Friday afternoon as rain struck the Philadelphia area.  The doubleheader on Saturday was held at Odorisio Park in Wayne, PA. Game 1 was a pitcher’s duel between our staff ace, Doc, and Rowan’s pitcher. Doc shut down the opposition, allowing only 2 runs in a complete game, 7-inning effort. However, our lively bats from last weekend disappeared as we hit pop up after pop up to Rowan’s fielders. In a close contest, we dropped the first game 2-1.

Game 2 was a similarly low-scoring affair. Both teams’ offenses went down relatively quietly through the first two innings. After Rowan put up 2 runs in the top of the 3rd, PCB, fueled by some aggressively smart baserunning by Co-President Matt Gus, retaliated with 3 of our own. Rowan got another in the 5th before Marshall Harden relieved Andrew Becker on the mound. Nursing a sore arm, Harden threw 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball to keep PCB in the extra-inning game. In the bottom of the 9th, PCB found itself with 2 men on. Rowan issued an intentional walk to get to Sam Rogers (clearly they don’t read our website). With the bases juiced and the game on the line, Rogers hit a hard ground ball to the second baseman. The throw home to the plate was not in time, and PCB walked off with a 4-3 victory. Highlights/lowlights from the series:

Highlights:

-Another great pitching performance from Doc

-Ben Rogers’ unassisted double play to escape a 4th inning jam

-Primo’s hoagies

-Wawa runs

-Gus’s baserunning

-Bauman and Pardo’s Uber ride

-Marshall shutting down Rowan with a sore arm

-Townley coaching 1st while enjoying lunch

-CAR rating

Lowlights:

-HBP calls

-Our offensive regression

-Pop ups

-Not having the 5150

-Goose crap all over the field

Next week we play Temple at Meiklejohn Stadium, Penn’s varsity field. We hope to get a good crowd out, as we only get that field once a year. Thanks to all the parents for the support and food.

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Players of the Week

Congratulations to Jr. SS/P Marshall Harden and So. C/DH Sam Rogers for being named Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week! Read about their efforts below in the Weekend Recap of our series against Neumann University.

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Conference Series vs Neumann

PCB opened its spring season with a 2-day, 3-game series against Neumann University. After the cold weekend was over, we emerged with a 3-game sweep to move our record to 10-2 on the year.

We played Game 1 on Saturday at Father Judge High School on their beautiful turf field. The temperature barely cracked 40 degrees, but that didn’t stop our bats from heating up. Fueled by moonshot DINGERS from Marshall Harden, JP Quinn, and Frumpy, and a 4 for 4 day from Esteemed Co-Social Chair Sam Rogers, we put up 11 runs against the Neumann pitching staff. Harden (6 innings) and our VP Doug Meyers (1 inning) combined to limit Neumann to 5 runs. Final score: 11-5, W.

The weather (slightly) warmed up for Games 2 and 3, played at the Academy of the New Church. PCB rode its momentum from the Game 1 victory into the doubleheader and took Game 2 behind Doc’s arm and bat. He went the distance, striking out 11 while allowing only 3 hits and 1 unearned run. At the plate, he knocked in 4 runs on a double and a triple en route to a 2-4 day. Our bats stayed hot from Game 1 as we collected 10 hits (5 of them for extra bases) in a 10-1 victory. The bats cooled slightly for Game 3, as we were held scoreless for the first 3 innings. However, we broke things open in the bottom of the 4th with a 5 run inning, capped off by Co- President Ben Rogers’ bases clearing double. After Neumann put up 2 unearned runs in the top of the 6th, PCB countered with 2 in the bottom of the inning to put the game away, 7-2. Andrew Becker went the distance on the mound, allowing 5 hits and 2 unearned runs while striking out 9. Here are some highlights and lowlights from the weekend:

Highlights:

– “That’s your box!” – Wolfen

– Between-game hoags provided by the parents

– Dingers

– Fetty Wap

– Doc catching a foul ball while fending off a rogue Neumann bench player

– Sam Rogers going 7-9 for the series while reaching base in every plate appearance

– Our siggg new hats and jerseys

– Out of play lines

– 28 runs in 3 games

– Quinn almost making the play of the century

– Rome playing on negative sleep

Lowlights:

– Parasar’s hustle

– Ben Rogers’ pop fly catching abilities

– Townley’s chatter

– No warmup time in between games

– Strege’s Game 2 “would’ve been a DINGER yesterday” flyout

– Gus’s bat

Thanks to all the parents who came out to cheer and feed us. It was a great start to the season, and we’re looking forward to our key series this weekend with Rowan. GATA

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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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