PHILADELPHIA - After a week in which she batted .533 and hit two home runs, sophomore Georgia Guttadauro has been named Ivy League Player of the Week. The weekly honor is the first of her Penn career. She becomes the first Penn player to earn the Player of the Week nod since the 2010 season when Brooke Coloma garnered this honor during her freshman campaign.
Starting off the week in non-conference action against cross-campus rival Drexel, she recorded two hits and drove in the game-winning run during the bottom of the sixth inning as Penn rallied for the late win. Her two-hit performance would be the first of three multi-hit games during the five game span.
In the first doubleheader against Cornell, Guttadauro received the start in game two and rewarded that decision with a 2-3 performance, including the go-ahead home run to lead off the sixth inning, as Penn rallied from down 5-0. The Quakers would go on to win both ends of that doubleheader, forcing a tie atop the South Division standings.
After a two-hit performance on Friday, Guttadauro earned two more starts on Saturday. In her first at-bat Saturday, she singled and drove in a run, stole second, and eventually came around to score as part of a five run first inning. In the second inning, she drilled her second home run of the weekend, a three-run homer to deep center field, as Penn took an 8-0 lead after two innings. She would also single for her third hit of the game in the fourth inning. She added another hit in the second game, giving her hits in every game that she started this past week.
In total, she recorded eight hits in her 13 at-bats. During those five games, she drove in six runs and scored three more, finishing the week with a .933 slugging percentage, and raising her batting average by 78 points. In the field, Guttadauro was perfect in her 28 chances at first base. She has hit four home runs this season and is slugging .492, the third-highest mark on the team.
Holding the Cornell offense at bay this weekend, Alexis Borden was named to the weekly honor roll. She received the win in all three of Penn's victories over Cornell and came on in relief to save the victory against Drexel. She pitched 19.2 innings in total, including two complete game efforts in the Ivy weekend. She finished the week with an ERA of 2.14 during that time.
The Quakers will play their final non-conference game of the season this Wednesday against Delaware under the lights of Penn Park starting at 6 p.m. During the weekend, the Quakers will play the home-and-away series with Columbia. Friday's games will be played at Penn with a start time of 2 p.m. Saturday's games will be in New York City beginning at 12:30 p.m.