March 20, 2014
Lafayette vs. Penn
March 22 | Philadelphia, Pa. | Meiklejohn Stadium
March 23 | Easton, Pa. | Kamine Stadium
Lafayette takes on Penn in its annual four-game, home-and-home series with the Quakers. The two sides will play a pair of doubleheaders with the first two games in Philadelphia on Saturday and two games slated for Sunday in Easton. The games will begin at noon on both days.
Saturday’s forecast for Philadelphia calls for a sunny afternoon with a 10 percent chance of rain and a high of 65 degrees. Sunday’s weather in Easton is mostly cloudy with a high of 47 degrees.
The Quakers enter the weekend with a 2-9 mark after being swept by Richmond last weekend. Jeff McGarry leads Penn with a .341 batting average and 11 RBI, while starting all 11 games this season. Mitch Montaldo (.250 avg.) and Ryan Mincher (.189 avg.) have each cranked a team-leading three home runs. On the mound, Connor Cuff owns a 1.35 ERA, allowing 19 hits, three earned runs, and has 18 strikeouts over 20 innings in three starts. Jake Cousins has made three appearances, including one start en route to a 1.42 ERA, and has struck out five in 6.1 innings of work.
Penn leads the all-time series, 58-48, which dates back to 1873. The Quakers took four of five from Lafayette a season ago.
LHP Connor Ortolf (1-2, 2.70 ERA) vs. RHP Connor Cuff (0-1, 1.35 ERA)
RHP Mitch Leeds (0-1, 2.45 ERA) vs. LHP Ronnie Glenn (0-3, 7.31 ERA)
RHP David Bednar (1-1, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Dan Gautieri (0-3, 6.91 ERA)
TBA vs. LHP Jack Hartman (1-0, 2.25 ERA)
START ME UP
Lafayette’s starting pitchers have been solid to start the season. Of the four pitchers who have made multiple starts, freshman David Bednar leads the way and has not surrendered an earned run in 12.0 innings on the hill. Bednar is 1-1 on the year and has given up four hits, while striking out 11 and walking two. Sophomore Mitch Leeds and junior Toby Schwartz each own a 2.45 ERA, while senior Connor Ortolf maintains a 2.70 ERA. The Lafayette starters have combined to post a 2.74 ERA in 69.0 innings of work.
WHAT A RELIEF
As a group, Lafayette relievers have combined to post a 1.50 earned run average in 30.0 innings of work. Sophomores Ari Kaufman and Connor McMahon have not been charged with an earned run in eight combined appearances. The same can be said for junior Cory Spera (4.2 innings) and rookie Trevor Houck (3.2 innings) out of the pen. Overall, eight of Lafayette’s pitchers have an ERA under 2.70 for the season.
Three Lafayette players have been recognized by the Patriot League this season. Sophomore righty Mitch Leeds was named Patriot League Pitcher of the Week on March 4 after he threw 6.2 scoreless innings in a 10 inning, 1-0 loss at George Washington. Senior left-hander Connor Ortolf claimed the same honor on March 11 after he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning en route to eight scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the series opener at Fairleigh Dickinson. In the final game of the series against FDU, David Bednar fanned five and walked one when he tossed 60 pitches in five shutout frames in his first career start to earn Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors.
Centerfielder Andrew Santomauro, left-handed pitcher Connor Ortolf, and right-hander Cory Spera were tabbed as team captains for 2014. Santomauro started all 49 outings for the Leopards last season, batting .258 with 11 doubles and five triples. Ortolf was 1-5 in 10 starts last season. He was responsible for 35 runs over 55.0 innings, a 5.73 ERA, with 25 strikeouts and 28 walks. Spera made 14 appearances in relief last season registering 15 earned runs, 12 strikeouts, and seven walks over 22.1 innings pitched.
The Leopards and Quakers will square off again on Tuesday in Philadelphia as part of the Liberty Bell Classic. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
- 14 home games, including 2 Patriot League series
- Home Patriot League series with Navy and Bucknell
- Non-conference home games vs. Penn, Villanova, Monmouth, North Carolina Central
- Other non-conference games vs. VMI, George Washington, Rider, Fairleigh Dickinson, VCU, Rutgers, Buffalo, Norfolk St., Penn and Seton Hall
- Lafayette renews its series with rival Lehigh with a pair of doubleheaders in Bethlehem, Pa. on April 26 and 27.
- One opponent from the 2013 NCAA Tournament (Army)
- First time opponents in Buffalo, North Carolina Central and VCU