Season in Review and Looking Forward

2011-2012 Season in Review

Penn Club Baseball’s 2011-2012 season began with the opening of Penn Park and subsequent on-field success.  The ability to finally practice outdoors prepared us well for our first conference series vs. TCNJ in November.  The Miller and Luke era got off to a great start as we swept TCNJ in three games and earned PennRec’s “Club of the Month” for November.  A great Fall season gave us a tremendous momentum heading into the winter.

After practicing indoors for a couple months, PCB began the Spring season at home vs. NYU on St. Patrick’s Day.  Cheered on by friends and family at Meiklejohn Stadium, we swept NYU––improving our conference record to 6-0.  The following week, PCB faced its first hiccup against LaSalle, losing 2 of 3 games.  After these midseason loses, Co-President Patrick Miller presented us with the Winner’s Curve:

The Winner’s Curve

The final half of PCB’s season would match the trajectory of the Winner’s Curve.  Led by outstanding pitching and solid hitting, we split our series with highly ranked Hofstra 1-1.  Heading into the final weekend of the season, we knew we needed to take 2 of 3 games from 2nd place Rider to clinch a playoff spot.  We ended up winning all three games and thereby clinching the #3 seed in the District II Playoffs.  Although we went 2-and-out at Regionals, we played very well against stiff competition.

Co-President Miller’s words after the season perfectly sum up the 2011-2012 season: “Great year fellas, made a lot of memories, and had a lot more wins than 11 and a lot fewer losses than 5 in my book.”

Looking Forward

A reflection of the past season brings about enthusiasm for the 2012-2013 season.  Co-Presidents Luke Poethig and Matt Powery will build on last season’s on and off field accomplishments.  PCB will increase in community service mission by donating equipment and hosting baseball/softball clinics.  Rather than play one conference series in the Fall, we will try to schedule 1 non-league doubleheader and 2 conference matchups.  The ultimate goal next year will be making it to the NCBA DII World Series.

Throughout this summer, we will hold a “Player Interview” series, which will introduce you to current and past members of PCB on a personal level.

–Any incoming freshman in the Class of 2016 interested in Penn Club Baseball, please email lpoethig@sas.upenn.edu with any questions or comments.

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