PHILADELPHIA - Softball hosts Cornell this weekend in a series that will go a long way towards determining the South Division champion. The Quakers (24-14, 8-4 Ivy) are two games off the pace of first-place Cornell (19-17, 10-2 Ivy), but will have plenty of chances to make up that ground during the upcoming four-game series. The first doubleheader is set for Friday at 4 p.m. This doubleheader will be the first Ivy League doubleheader to be played under the lights in league history. The series will wrap-up Saturday with the second doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Fans that come to Friday night's game under the lights of Penn Park will be treated to one dollar hot dogs during both games. Saturday will be Team Day. Free popcorn will be handed out to everybody in attendance. After the game, there will also be an autograph signing session on the field with the Penn softball team for everybody that registered. In addition, the softball program will be hosting its alumnae game on this date.
The Quakers are coming in hot offensively after recording a season-high 16 hits in the victory over Drexel Wednesday. With three hits against Drexel, Sydney Turchin raised her batting average to .328. She is fifth in the league in on-base percentage (.431). She leads the league in runs (27), walks (20), and stolen bases (11). Karina Rios also had three hits, a season high, against Drexel, raising her average to .313. She has hit safely in five of the last six games and 16 of the last 19.
Kayla Dahlerbruch is batting .333 in Ivy League games this year and has three-multi-hit games in her last seven starts. She ranks in the top-10 in the league in slugging percentage (.491), on-base percentage (.405), RBI (17), home runs (5), total bases (53), and walks (17). With six hits in her last four games, Elysse Gorney has raised her batting average nearly 20 points during the current hitting streak. She ranks second in the league in steals (9) and sixth in runs scored (19). She has scored at least one run in four straight starts.
Brooke Coloma has driven in seven runs in the past five games. She has also scored a run in four straight games and has a hit in four of the last five. Her home run against Drexel was her second in five games. She ranks fourth in the Ivies with 23 RBI, including being tied for the team lead with Dahlerbruch with three sacrifice flies. Jessica Melendez is tied for the league lead with seven home runs this season. She also ranks in the top-10 in RBI (27) and slugging percentage (.495). She has nine hits and seven RBI in the past five games.
Samantha Erosa has a hit in each of the last five games and brings in a .370 on-base percentage. She has six extra-base hits this season, including one home run, while scoring 14 runs. Stephanie Caso recorded a hit and scored a run in the game against Drexel. She has worked the second-most walks in the league (17) and has an on-base percentage of .317. Jessica Arneson has a hit in seven of her last nine starts, including two multi-hit games during that time. She has also successfully executed six sacrifice bunts, the fourth-most in the Ivies.
Georgia Guttadauro had two hits, including the game-winning RBI against Drexel. She has four hits in her last three starts and seven RBI in her last five starts. Laura Placentra and Kristen Johnson each have five hits this season. Placentra has also scored 10 runs and stole five bases, while Johnson had added two RBI. Bridget Ellsworth has scored six runs this season, while Justine Payne and Vanessa Weaver each have two hits and three RBI. Goldring Award winner Meg Krasne has not seen any game action with her injury.
In the circle, Alexis Borden (16-4, 1.28 ERA) picked up the win against Drexel in two innings of relief work. She leads the Ivies in wins, ERA, innings pitched (131), shutouts (6), and complete games (16). She is also second in the league in strikeouts with 139. Opponents are hitting just .212 off of her. She has allowed just four earned runs in her last 29 innings of work. Mikenzie Voves (6-6, 2.83 ERA) ranks fifth in the league in ERA and sixth in victories and strikeouts (71). She has started 15 games, making 18 total appearances. Her 86.2 innings of work are the 10th-most in the league.
Lindsay Mann (1-0, 2.91 ERA) has worked 21.2 innings for Penn in the circle. She has made seven total appearances this season, including three starts. She has allowed no earned runs in three of her games and just one earned run in two more. Jen Retzer has one victory in her five appearances this season. She has made three starts and worked a total of 13.1 innings. She allowed no earned runs in her first outing and just one earned run in 6.2 innings in her first win.
Cornell brings the highest slugging percentage in the league into the weekend series. The Big Red have hit 36 home runs as a team, 14 more than Brown, the second-highest team in the league. Jenny Edwards leads the team with seven home runs, while Erin Keene and Laura Bucolo each have six home runs. Cornell also has four batters that are hitting over .300. In the circle, Alyson Onyon (9-3, 3.81 ERA) has pitched the most innings on the team (93.2). Jenna Stoller (2-8, 4.29 ERA) and Lauren Marx (5-2, 3.05 ERA) have also seen significant time in the circle.