PHILADELPHIA – Another adjustment to the schedule has been made as the University of Pennsylvania softball team will now play a doubleheader on Thursday with Big 5 rival La Salle (4 p.m.) and Delaware (6 p.m.) at Penn Park. Originally scheduled as a doubleheader with the Explorers for Wednesday, the teams decided to push the games back a day due to the weather. The Blue Hens doubleheader with Coppin State on Wednesday was also postponed because of the weather, and La Salle offered their second game to UD.
The doubleheader with La Salle and Delaware will be the first games out of six the Quakers will play this weekend. The Red and Blue will open the Ivy season at Penn Park with Yale at 2 p.m. on Friday, followed by Saturday’s contest with Brown at 12:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
After several adjustments to the schedule, Penn finally completed the first doubleheader of the season after returning from Spring Break. The Quakers hosted Saint Joseph’s on Sunday and dropped both games to the Hawks (5-2, 5-0). Senior tri-captain Elysse Gorney was responsible for Penn’s two runs of the day, after she hit her first home run of the season during the first game.
Pitching stats against Saint Joseph’s
Game 1: Alexis Borden (2-5), 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 7 K
Game 2: Alexis Sargent (2-2), 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Team stats against Saint Joseph’s
Game 1: 2 Runs, 4 Hits, 2 Errors, 3 LOB, HR
Game 2: 0 Runs, 4 Hits, 3 Errors, 5 LOB, SB
Scouting La Salle (8-8 overall, 2-0 A-10)
After starting the season 1-7, the Explorers picked up the pace and went 7-1 in their last eight contests, including their most recent wins over conference rival St. Bonaventure. The Blue and Gold won the first game with the Bonnies, 8-1, and followed it up with a second win, 9-7. This is the first year since 2007 that La Salle has started the A-10 schedule 2-0.
In six of their last eight games, the Explorers have recorded five or more runs and totaled 18 hits and 17 runs in their weekend victories alone.
Explorers to look out for:
Senior centerfielder Megan Hodgson – Leads La Salle and the conference in slugging percentage (.870) ... Leads the Explorers and is ranked second in the A-10 in home runs (6) and RBI’s (22).
Freshman third baseman Christina Bascara – Leads La Salle and is third in the conference in batting average (.404) … Is fourth in the conference in on-base percentage (.472).
Junior pitcher Alicia Aughton – Is 6-3 (w-l) on the season and leads La Salle with a 2.30 ERA … Has recorded 34K and only 7BB … Holds the conference’s top spot for opponent’s batting average against (.210).
Scouting Delaware (8-15 overall, 1-2 CAA)
Picked to tie for third place in the Colonial Athletic Association, wins have been sprinkled throughout the Blue Hens schedule so far, which opened with the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic in Honolulu. In Hawaii, UD went 1-4, winning the last contest against Hampton, 5-2.
Most recently, Delaware played its first conference matchups with the College of Charleston in a three game series. The Blue Hens were able to come away with the first win (4-2) but fell to the Cougars in the next two games (0-7, 2-3). In the last game, Delaware was up 2-1 going into the seventh inning. The College of Charleston’s shortstop delivered a two-run single with two outs, which ended as the winning runs.
Blue Hens to look out for:
Junior outfielder Jessica Grisler – Scored a run and knocked in a run during the 3-2 loss to the College of Charleston … Leads UD in batting average (.351), hits (26), runs (13), and RBI’S (11) … Has second best slugging percentage on team (.486) … Tied with most home runs this season (2).
Sophomore pitcher Kelly Lupton – Is 3-4 on the season and leads Delaware with a 2.64 ERA … Has recorded 33K and 11BB.
Freshman pitcher Carolyn Szymanski – Has the best slugging percentage (.487) and 8 RBI’s … Tied with most home runs this season (2) … Is 4-8 on the season and has a 4.76 ERA … Has pitched most innings (57.1) and has most strikeouts (44).
Scouting Yale (3-13 overall, 0-0 Ivy)
The Bulldogs are on a six game losing streak and have only won three games: Fairleigh Dickinson (4-1), Butler (4-2), and Seton Hall (5-2). Most recently, Yale tied the game with Bryant in the top of the seventh at 4-4, but Bryant’s Elle Madsen hit a two-run home run to win the game, 6-4. Earlier in the day, Yale dropped a contest with Boston University, 13-2.
Bulldogs to look out for:
Senior outfielder Tori Balta – Third in the League in batting average (.360) and in stolen bases (6) … Leads Bulldogs in slugging percentage (.500) and in hits (18).
Freshman Carolyn McGuire – Second on team in slugging percentage (.423) and in doubles (4) … Third best batting average (.269) and tied for first with most RBI’s (6).
Freshman Lindsay Efflandt – Leads team with best ERA (2.19) and is fifth in the League … Has recorded 16K.
Scouting Brown (2-13 overall, 0-0 Ivy)
The Bears have only recorded two wins so far – against Bucknell (10-9) and UNC Wilmington (7-6) – and is currently on a 10 game losing streak. The last time Brown took the field, the Bears dropped a pair of games – first to St. Francis (Pa.), 4-2, and then to George Washington, 3-0.
Bears to look out for:
Freshman Outfielder Casey Fisher – Leads Bears in hits (16) and in batting average (.356) … Holds second best on base percentage on team (.396).
Freshman SS/UT Christina Andrews – Leads Bears in slugging percentage (.556) and with best ERA (4.48) … Second on the team in hits (15) and tied for second in batting average (.333).
With the start of Ivy League play this weekend, each of the Ancient Eight softball teams agreed to partake in Go4theGoal Foundation’s Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer by wearing gold laces.
Go4theGoal, a non-profit charitable foundation whose funds support children with cancer, was founded in 2006 by Dr. Richard Stefanacci and his wife in memory of their son, Richard, who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.
The campaign began in the fall of 2011, and over 100,000 athletes have Laced Up to show their commitment to the fight against pediatric cancer.