PHILADELPHIA - After helping softball sweep its four-game series with Columbia, and finish a perfect 5-0 for the week, Brooke Coloma and Alexis Borden have been named Ivy League Player of the Week and Ivy League Rookie of the Week, respectively. Coloma's honor marks the second consecutive week that Penn has had the Ivy League player of the Week as Georgia Guttadauro took home the honor last week. For Borden, this marks the fourth time that she has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. She was also named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week once, giving her five weekly Ivy honors for this season.
In the weekend series with Columbia, Coloma finished the four-game stretch with a .615 batting average, .643 on-base percentage, and 1.154 slugging percentage. She also hit two home runs and drove in eight runs over the weekend, finishing with eight total hits, including a pair of three-hit performances. This marks the second time she has been named player of the week during her career. She was also named player of the week as a freshman during a season that she also won three rookie of the week honors.
When Penn opened up against Columbia at home on Friday, Coloma had a hit in both ends of that doubleheader. In the first game, she delivered a home run to straightaway center field, adding another insurance run in Penn's win. In the second game on Friday, Coloma walked during a four-run second inning and drove in the final two runs of a four-run third inning, giving the Quakers an 8-0 lead in a game they would eventually win in five innings, 9-1.
On Sunday, Coloma got the scoring going early, driving in runs in her first three at-bats. She had an RBI double in the top of the first and an RBI single in the second. After helping Penn get out to a 6-2 lead, she would extend that margin with a two-run home run as Penn won, 8-2. In the second game, Coloma again went 3-for-4. In the first and fourth innings, she singled and came around score, giving her four runs scored for the week. She would then cap her weekend with an RBI single in the fifth inning as Penn won by the final of 11-2.
Over the weekend, Coloma raised her batting average nearly 40 points to a .285 average. She is currently second in the Ivies with 34 RBI and tied for the league lead with three sacrifice flies. She also ranks seventh in the league with six home runs. She is slugging .500 for the year.
Borden started every game and pitched every inning of the Columbia series. Her week started with a relief appearance against Delaware in which she pitched the final four innings, allowing just one unearned run, picking up the winning decision as Penn rallied late and won on a walk-off single. She posted a 1.25 ERA for the week to go along with a 5-0 mark, including four complete game victories in the Ivy weekend.
On Friday, Columbia got an early run off of Borden in the second inning of game one, but she would not allow a run over the remaining five innings. She scattered five hits in the first game of the series, striking out five batters, while not walking anybody. In the second game, she was even better, allowing just two hits total. She did not allow a run in her first four innings. Columbia would finally push one run across in the fifth, but it would not make a difference as Penn won in a run-rule victory, 9-1.
The Quakers went right back to Borden on Saturday in New York City and she pitched a third complete game, going seven innings and allowing just two earned runs, none of which came after the third inning. She topped off her weekend with a fourth complete game to close out the series sweep, allowing just four hits and one earned run, while striking out six. Over the weekend series with Columbia, Borden allowed just 23 hits in her 28 innings of work. She also struck out 23 batters in the four-game sweep.
Penn's freshman pitcher leads the league wins (23), ERA (1.39), complete games (22), innings pitched (176.2), games started (24), and total appearances (31). She also ranks second in the league with six shutouts and 180 strikeouts. She has already set single season records for wins and strikeouts for a Penn pitcher.
Sydney Turchin was also recognized as part of the league's weekly honor roll. The freshman leadoff hitter finished the week with nine hits, including three multi-hit games. Turchin also drove home the game-winning run against Delware with a walk-off single. She scored at least one run in each of Penn's five games and drove in four runs. She leads the league in runs (36) and is second in stolen bases (12). She also ranks fifth in on-base percentage (.427) and seventh in batting average (.338) amongst eligible players.
The Quakers will be back in action this Saturday as they host the one-game playoff against Cornell to determine the South Division Champion and representative in the Ivy League Championship Series. That game will take place this Saturday at 12:30 p.m.