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PHILADELPHIA – The Penn softball team (13-11, 3-1 Ivy) is coming off a great opening weekend to its Ivy League season, posting a 3-1 record after doubleheaders against Harvard (9-14, 2-2) and Dartmouth (12-14, 2-2) at Penn Park – the Quakers’ sweep of the Crimson was their first since 2003. The Red and Blue will be back on their home field for a mid-week series on Wednesday afternoon when Monmouth (15-10, 6-2 NEC) visits Philadelphia for a 4 p.m. scheduled first pitch.
Penn last met the Hawks on March 20 of the 2010 season in West Long Branch, N.J. for a doubleheader – the Quakers dropped both games and trail in the all-time series 8-3. This season the Red and Blue are riding a nice streak in which they’ve gone 9-1 over their last 10 games and are tied for first in the Ivy League South Division with Princeton (17-9, 3-1). Additionally, Penn’s two-game sweep of Harvard extended its then-win streak to eight games, which is the second longest in program history and the longest since 1982 when the Quakers won nine in a row. The Hawks on the other hand have won five of their last six and are currently in third place in the Northeast Conference at 6-2.
Once again Penn will head into this home series chasing a few more individual records. Against Harvard, sophomore pitcher Alexis Borden struck out her 269th career batter in the top of the first inning, becoming the all-time strikeouts leader in program history. She also earned her 30th career victory during the same game and now needs one more to tie for that all-time record as well.
Additionally, Brooke Coloma has been swinging the bat well in 2013 and leads the Quakers with a .322 batting average. With four RBIs over the weekend, the senior rightfielder now has 101 for her career and needs just seven more to tie for the program record at 108. Coloma has also reached safely in her last six games and is currently riding a three-game hitting streak.
Head coach Leslie King’s team has also seen a resurgent pitching staff this season, with more than just Borden doing some work from inside the circle. Lauren Li has assimilated nicely to the collegiate level in her first year in Philadelphia, and has put together a 4-0 record as the team’s second starter – Li also leads the Ivy League with two saves. Additionally, Lindsay Mann has compiled three victories this year, the highest win total in her four seasons in the Red and Blue. In her most recent start in Game 2 against Dartmouth on March 30, the senior totaled a career-high four strikeouts in a career-high 5.2 innings pitched.
Live stats and live radio will be available for both games against Monmouth on Wednesday, and make sure to follow @UPennSoftball for live in-game updates and conversation as well.