PHILADELPHIA - After a tough outing in Ithaca this past weekend, Softball will head south to Delaware this Wednesday in the final non-conference game of the season. Penn (15-18-1, 6-8 Ivy) will take on Delaware (17-29) from the Colonial Athletic Association. These two squads will play just one game on Wednesday that will get underway at 4 p.m.
Delaware comes into the contest with a deceiving overall record after playing a tough non-conference schedule. The Blue Hens come into the game with a 7-8 record in the CAA. Delaware has also posted an impressive 8-4 record on its home field this season.
The Blue Hens have three common opponents on the season with Penn. Delaware picked up a 5-4 win against Saint Joseph's and a 4-1 victory against Rider earlier this month. The Blue Hens also dropped a pair of games to Villanova at the end of March, 4-2 and 3-2.
Offensively, Michell McKinnon is hitting a team-best .331. Gina Knutson is leading the team in home runs with seven and RBI's with 24. She has also stolen 11 bases in 13 attempts. Eight Delaware players have hit at least one home run this season.
In the circle, two pitchers have ERA's in the threes this season. Amanda Stacevicz has posted a team-best 3.09 ERA to compliment her 10 wins this season. Anne Marie Pagano is second on the team in wins with four to go along with an ERA of 3.95.
For Penn, the Quakers strong offense was limited to just eight hits over two games against Cornell this past weekend. Jessica Melendez had three of those hits, all of which were home runs. Alisha Prystowsky and Kayla Dahlerbruch also homered for Penn against Cornell.
As a team, Penn is batting .278 with 25 home runs on the season. Nine players have hit at least two home runs for Penn this season. The Quakers are averaging just under five runs per game and have the second highest slugging percentage (.430) and on base percentage (.372) in the Ivy League.
Prystowsky is one RBI short of becoming only the second player in the Ivy League to have 30 runs and 30 RBI's this season. Brooke Coloma has also added 21 runs and RBI's to the Penn offense. Elysse Gorney and Stephanie Caso have each scored at least 20 times, while Dahlerbruch is just one RBI short of reaching 20 for the season.
Looking at just the non-conference portion of the season, eight Quakers are hitting over.300 against teams outside of the Ivy League. Dahlerbruch has the top batting average in the non-conference with a .367 average. She is followed by Coloma and Gorney who are batting .350 and .345 in these games. Prystowsky is batting .339, while Justine Payne and Caso are hitting .324 and .310 respectively outside the Ivies. In limited non-conference action, Melendez is batting .364, while Kristen Johnson is hitting .350. As a team, Penn is hitting .295 against non-Ivy League competition.
In the circle, Mikenzie Voves has a 3.17 ERA in the non-conference and has nine wins overall on the season. Cailyn Hennessy comes into the mid-week game with a 4-2 record, while Taylor Tieman has also picked up two victories during her senior campaign.
Following Wednesday's game with Delaware. Penn have a home and home with Columbia this weekend. The Quakers will travel to New York City this Friday and return home to Warren Field Saturday for Senior Day and the final scheduled home game of the season. Penn will still have two more games to make up with Cornell the two teams will look to play next week.
The University of Delaware will be providing Live Stats.