Penn Softball Game Notes
PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team (28-17, 16-4 Ivy) began the season with one goal, advance to the Ivy League Championship Series and walk away the victors. Well, the Quakers have achieved half of that goal as they meet Dartmouth (25-18, 15-5) for a best-of-three series this weekend. Penn enters on the heels of winning its second consecutive South Division crown, and third in program history, while the Big Green captured its second North Division title ever.
Matchup to Watch:
The top story heading into the ILCS is the clash of two of the best pitchers in Ivy history. Kristen Rumley of Darmouth and Alexis Borden of Penn have combined to win at least a share of six of the nine Ivy Pitcher of the Week awards this season, including the April 23 award which the two shared. Rumley currently has 168 strikeouts while Borden is right behind her at 149. Additionally, the two are one-two in wins with 21 and 15, respectively. The two sophomores are developing a bit of a rivalry in the circle that will continue to bloom during this weekend’s series and continue to see them battle for that top hurler spot in the Ivy League for the remainder of their collegiate careers.
Penn Heading In:
The Red and Blue have won six of their last seven contests and have not lost an Ivy series this season. In addition to Borden, Penn is led by a couple of seniors who are making their marks in 2013. Brooke Coloma leads the Quakers in virtually every offensive statistical category. The rightfielder has a .357 average with 45 hits, eight doubles, 35 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. Additionally, she has broken two records for Penn this season. Her 35 RBI gives her 123 for her career as well as the top spot in the all-time record book, while her 17 steals are a new single-season record. Samantha Erosa has also been dominant, carrying the Quakers during many points this season. The secondbaseman is batting .353 with four homers, a .521 slugging percentage, and a .403 on-base percentage.
Penn and Dartmouth met for a two-game series earlier this season at Penn Park, splitting at one win apiece. Rumley led the Big Green to the win in Game 1, tossing seven innings, allowing one run, and giving up four hits. In Game 2 Rumley trotted out to the circle once again, but this time the Quakers jumped all over the sophomore to chase her from the game after just two-thirds of an inning. Penn would go on to win the second half of the doubleheader 3-1.
As for common opponents, the Quakers again have the slight edge. Penn topped Columbia last weekend, 3-1, in a four-game series while the Big Green split with the Lions to start Ivy play. Penn again takes the edge with a 3-1 series win over Cornell, while Dartmouth split with the Big Red in early April. That same weekend Dartmouth would split with Princeton, while the Quakers topped the Tigers 3-1 the following weekend. Both teams had success in sweeping Brown and Yale, Dartmouth in eight games and Penn in four. The same weekend the Red and Blue faced the Big Green, they also swept Harvard in two games – Dartmouth lost one to the Crimson last weekend in a 3-1 series victory to clinch the ILCS.
Head coach Leslie King and her team have been working toward this weekend since the completion of last year’s ILCS, and now that it’s here they will look to top the Big Green, win the Ivy crown, and make the trip the NCAA regionals. Live stats and live streaming will be available all weekend long at IvyLeagueSports.com and make sure to follow @UPennSoftball for live in-game updates and conversation for each contest as well.