PHILADELPHIA - One final non-conference game awaits softball before the final weekend of regular season play in the Ivy League. On Wednesday, the Quakers will host Delaware under the lights of Penn Park for a single game starting at 6 p.m. Penn (27-15) has already set the program's all-time mark for wins in a season with at least five more games to play. Delaware (11-36-1) currently sits in sixth place in the CAA Conference, just one spot behind the Drexel squad that Penn beat last week.
Last week, the Quakers batted .331 as a team and averaged over six runs per game. Three Penn players currently bring batting averages of over .300 to this game. Sydney Turchin will bring a team-high .318 batting average into the game. She is the only player that has played in every game this season and has scored a run in four of the last five games. Karina Rios comes in batting .310 and is one of four players on the team with six doubles. Kayla Dahlerbruch is batting .303 with a team-best .516 slugging percentage. She has hit six home runs this season.
Reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, Georgia Guttadauro raised her batting average nearly 80 points over the last five games. She hit two home runs this past weekend, giving her four for the year. She also had three multi-hit games last week. Samantha Erosa batted an even .500 over the past five games. She is batting .295 for the season and has a hit in eight of her last nine games, including three straight. Stephanie Caso batted .333, recording four hits this past week. Three of those hits came in the final two games against Cornell.
After two more home runs last week, Jessica Melendez has a team-high eight home runs this season. She has also driven in 25 runs and scored 18 more this season. She has hit safely in eight of her last nine games. Brooke Coloma is leading the team with 26 RBI. She drove in six runs over the past five games and has also scored a run in seven of the last nine games. Elysse Gorney will bring a batting average of .283 into the game. She had scored a run in seven straight games before the final game against Cornell and also recorded her first career home run in that series.
Jessica Arneson started every game of the Cornell series at catcher. She has made 22 starts total behind the plate and has a team-high six sacrifice bunts this season. Laura Placentra and Kristen Johnson have each recorded five hits this season. Johnson received the start at third base last week against Drexel. She has driven in two runs this year. Placentra has two RBI in her last four games. She has either scored or driven in a run in three of her last four games played.
Bridget Ellsworth has scored six runs this season and driven in two more. She has a total of three hits this season. Justine Payne and Vanessa Weaver each have a pair of hits this season. One of two senior co-captains, Payne has driven in three runs on her two hits and scored four total runs. Weaver has also driven in three runs this season, while scoring two more. She has reached base in two straight games. The other senior co-captain, Meg Krasne, has not seen any game action this season.
In the circle, Alexis Borden (18-4, 1.41 ERA) has pitched in seven of Penn's last nine games. Her wins and strikeout (157) totals are both currently second on the all-time single-season record books at Penn. She has thrown 18 complete games this season, including six shutouts. Mikenzie Voves (7-7, 2.99 ERA) has pitched in 20 games, starting 16. She has thrown eight compete games, including one shutout.
Lindsay Mann (1-0, 2.78 ERA) has pitched in eight games this season, making three starts. She threw a perfect inning of relief in the final inning against Cornell on Saturday. She inherited runners on first and second with nobody out and stranded both of her inherited runners. Jen Retzer has pitched 13.1 innings this season, making three starts and five total appearances. She has one victory on the year.
Delaware is led offensively by Jessica Grisler. She leads the team in batting average (.306), runs (19), doubles (9), triples (2), slugging percentage (.415), and on-base percentage (.393). Gina Knutson and Kaitlyn Breneman have each hit three home runs this season to lead the Blue Hens in that category. In the circle, Chenxi Jiao (3.80 ERA) and Hannah Rust (4.61 ERA) have pitched over two-thirds of the team's total innings this season. Last season, Delaware beat Penn, 6-2, on the Blue Hens' home field.
After this mid-week game, Penn will finish up the regular season schedule with the final Ivy weekend against Columbia. Penn and Cornell are both tied for first in the South Division with four games to play this weekend.
PARKING UPDATE FOR THIS WEEKEND: With the University hosting the Penn Relays this weekend, there have been alterations in available parking. Parking is available to everyone for $10 at Campus Park and Ride (www.campusparkandride.com). When you park there, have the Campus Park and Ride driver pull into the Lot 29 (Hollenback) drive to unload. After the game, people will need to flag the Campus Park and Ride vehicle to pull into Lot 29 and then it will make the loop and drive back to their car.
Parking will be extremely limited around the Penn campus this whole week.