PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team (13-13, 3-1 Ivy) heads north for its first road Ivy League weekend of the season. The South Division-leading Quakers will meet North-leading Yale (7-17, 3-1) on Friday afternoon for a doubleheader in New Haven, Conn. scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Then on Saturday Penn will face Brown (6-12, 0-4) in Providence, R.I. for another doubleheader, this one set to begin at 12:30 p.m.
The Red and Blue will be looking to bounce back from a rough series against Monmouth where they were swept at Penn Park on April 3, playing just five innings in Game 2. They will face a Bulldog team that is also coming off a tough series sweep against another Northeast Conference team in Bryant – Yale also lost the second game in five innings. Penn will look for its bats to awaken against the opposing division leaders and get back to its winning ways. Yale is led by reigning Ivy League Player of the Week Sarah Onorato. The sophomore leads the Bulldogs at the plate with a .444 batting average, nine home runs and 17 RBI.
Alexis Borden will be tasked with shutting Onorato down on Friday. The Penn sophomore bounced back on Wednesday afternoon against Monmouth after a tough outing versus Dartmouth in her previous start. Against the Hawks, Borden struck out four and allowed no earned runs over five innings but wouldn’t factor into the decision, and now leads Penn with a 1.83 ERA and 95 strikeouts.
The following day the Quakers will face a reeling Brown squad that has currently lost five straight. The Bears will have played three more games by first pitch against Penn, as they play at Bryant later today and then have a doubleheader against Columbia on Friday. Brown is currently at the bottom of the North division after being swept by Princeton and Cornell last weekend. The Bears are led by Trista Chavez at the plate as the sophomore is hitting .340 with a team-leading 13 RBI.
In addition to Borden pitching well, Penn will look for its reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week Lauren Li to have a bounce weekend after her first rough outing as a collegian against Monmouth on Wednesday. The freshman allowed eight runs over 2.1 innings pitched against the Hawks for her first-career loss.
Also in the spotlight for Penn will be senior Brooke Coloma. The All-Ivy outfielder racked up a couple more RBIs against Monmouth and now has 103 for her career. Coloma needs just five more to tie for the program record and six to be the all-time leader.