PHILADELPHIA - After a four-game sweep against Princeton this past weekend, Penn (14-16-1, 6-6 Ivy) will now have a mid-week non-conference game as the team makes the quick trip over to Drexel for just one game on Wednesday, starting at 4 p.m. Both teams are playing well as of late with the Dragons (12-21) riding a three-game winning streak after earning a series sweep against UNC Wilmington this past weekend.
A season ago, Drexel did a good job of limiting the Penn Offense to just two runs combined in the two games between these schools, winning 7-0 and 8-2. Drexel's Hillary Allen got the start in the first game and allowed just three hits in the shutout win. This past week, she won CAA Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week after going a perfect 3-0 during that span. Allen currently has a 2.98 ERA to go along with eight wins this season. She also has 12 complete games this season.
The Drexel offense is paced by Paige Collins who is batting .330 with seven home runs and 23 RBI's, all of which are team highs. Allen has also excelled at the plate as she is batting .308 with four home runs and 17 RBI's. As a team, the Dragons are averaging just under four runs per game.
Penn is coming off of four consecutive strong pitching outings by Mikenzie Voves and Cailyn Hennessy against Princeton. Voves got the ball in both game ones against Princeton and allowed just two runs in each on her way to a pair of complete game victories. Hennessy started in game two both days and allowed just one run in each game, also throwing a pair of complete games. Voves currently has eight wins on the season, while Hennessy has four.
Alisha Prystowsky enters Wednesday's game with the second highest on base percentage (.504) in the Ivies to go along with the fourth-best slugging percentage (.636) and fifth-highest batting average (.386). Samantha Erosa continued her torrid hitting over the weekend going six for 10 and raising her average to .333. Elysse Gorney is the third Quaker to have a batting average over .300 with her .326 average, while Kayla Dahlerbruch is hitting a solid .296 during her freshman season. Prystowsky and Brooke Coloma are the only players on the team to have scored 20 times and driven in 20 runs. Kelsey Wolfe was also key in the Quaker's wins on Sunday, driving in four runs over the two games.
As a team, Penn has the highest on base percentage in the Ivy League (.374) to go along with the third-best batting average (.282) and slugging percentage (.418). The Quaker offense has scored the second most runs in the Ivy League, averaging just under five runs per game.
After this mid-week matchup with Drexel, Penn will make the trip to Ithaca this weekend to battle with South Division Leader Cornell. These four games will have huge playoff implications for Penn as these two squads come in as the top teams in the South Division. After Columbia was able to manage a split of the four-game series with Cornell, Penn is just one game behind Cornell in the division. The games with Cornell will be on Saturday and Sunday with the doubleheaders scheduled to get underway at 12:30 p.m. on both days.