Cornell Live Stats
PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team (21-15, 10-2 Ivy) will look to improve its already comfortable lead in the Ivy League South Division this weekend when it travels to Ithaca, N.Y. for four games with Cornell (16-20, 6-6). The Quakers will meet the Big Red for a pair of afternoon doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday, with action on both days beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Penn will meet a Cornell squad that is currently tied for second in the South Division with both Princeton and Columbia – all three teams are four games back of the Quakers. Additionally, the Red and Blue have a two-game lead over North Division leaders Harvard and Dartmouth for first place overall in the Ivy League. The Quakers trail the Big Red 37-16 in the all-time series, but have won four of the last five meetings, highlighted by Alexis Borden’s perfect game and 4-0 victory in last season’s South Division playoff.
Penn is led by Brooke Coloma, Samantha Erosa and Borden. Coloma is putting together another All-Ivy campaign as the senior has a team-leading 24 RBI, 33 hits and 13 stolen bases, and is second on the squad with a .351 batting average. Erosa leads the team in batting (.364), slugging (.557) and on-base percentage (.423). Borden is second in the Ivies and first on the Quakers in earned run average (2.07), wins (11) and strikeouts (125). This trio has played a big part in Penn’s 21 overall wins, which is tied for tops in the league, as well as their current three-game win streak. The Quakers have also won eight of their last 10 contests.
The Big Red will pose a tough challenge for Penn, although it is currently riding a four-game losing skid. Cornell leads the Ivies with an overall .301 batting average as a team. The Big Red is led by Christina Villalon (.368 batting average, 25 RBI, 39 hits and 12 doubles), Erin Belles (.368, 7 home runs, 12 walks and .655 slugging percentage), Emily Weinberg (.356, 37 H and 22 runs scored) and pitcher Alyson Onoyn (11-12, 3.66 ERA, 149 innings pitched, 113 strikeouts).
The Quakers have also been rewriting Penn’s all-time record book, but have now started to stake their claim in the single-season records as well. Coloma needs just three more stolen bases, while Sydney Turchin needs just five more in order to tie the single-season mark. Borden needs just 69 more strikeouts to break the single season record, which she set last season with 193, as well.
Live stats on Cornell’s athletic website will be available for both doubleheaders all weekend long.