Penn has won all five of its Ivy League series so far this season, including nine consecutive games. The Quakers won two of three games at Columbia and Dartmouth, swept a rain-shortened two-game set at Harvard and posted back-to-back three-game sweeps against Cornell and Brown.
Penn (26-10, 12-2) at Yale (17-15, 7-8)
Game 1 | Friday April 30 | 1 p.m. | WATCH | STATISTICS
Game 2 | Saturday May 1 | 11:30 a.m. | WATCH | STATISTICS
Game 3 | Saturday May 1 | 3 p.m. | WATCH | STATISTICS
Penn: Kevin Eaise (5-1, 3.65 MPM), Joe Miller (5-2, 3.57 MPM), TBD
Yale: Grant Kipp (3-3, 7.18 ERA), Mike Walsh (3-1, 5.07 ERA), TBD
The series: Yale
Friday’s series opener will mark the 214th meeting between the Ivy League rivals, with Yale holding a 115-95-3 lead in the all-time head-to-head. The Quakers have had more success in the series lately, winning 14 of the last 24 games against the Bulldogs since 2010.
* Through five Ivy series, Penn ranks second in batting average (.315), runs (132), homers (22), slugging percentage (.505), on-base percentage (.420) and ranks first in ERA (3 .49), opponents’ batting average (.232) and strikeouts (156).
* Ben Miller pushed his average in conference play to over .400 after a 5-for-12 performance against Brown last weekend. He hit safely in 13 of 15 conference games and ranks in the top 10 in on-base percentage (.507) and OPS (1.174).
* Kevin Eaise (five) has two more Ivy wins than any other pitcher in the conference and ranks second in the ERA (2.25) and third in batting average among opponents (.229).
Jimmy Chatfield is batting .365 in Ivy’s game, having batted safely in 12 of 15 conference games; he is one of seven players with an on-base percentage over .500 and a slugging percentage over .600 in the conference.
On the mound, Walsh went at least six innings, allowing two or fewer earned runs in three of his conference starts. Kipp had one of the best conference starts of any pitcher this season, pitching a full three-game against Dartmouth on April 9. Mark Capell has a 0.00 ERA and a 0.58 WHIP in four Ivy Game appearances, including two scoreless, no-hitter innings against conference-leading Columbia last Sunday.