PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team (17-14, 7-1 Ivy) will look to shake of its tough mid-week loss to Villanova on Thursday as it prepares for an impactful Ivy League weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The Quakers will host Princeton (20-12, 5-3) both days at Penn Park for a pair of afternoon doubleheaders, each scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. The matchups feature the only two Ivy squads with league records over the .500 mark.
Each team will enter into the weekend series off tough one-game losses to Big East foes, as the Tigers fell to Rutgers on Thursday afternoon as well. Penn currently holds a two-game lead over Princeton for first place in the South Division – each team has 12 games remaining in Ivy play. Additionally, this weekend marks the beginning of division play for all of the Ancient Eight as each team will meet its nearest foe for two doubleheaders.
The Red and Blue are led by a trio of seniors at the plate. Stephanie Caso shores up the bottom of the order as she leads the team with a .351 batting average and is second with 26 hits – she is also riding a six-game on-base streak. Samantha Erosa and Brooke Coloma make for a deadly three-four combination in the middle of the order as well. Erosa is third on the team in batting (.329) and slugging percentage (.474). Coloma leads the Quakers with 21 RBI, 27 hits, seven doubles and 36 total bases, is tied for the team lead with nine stolen bases and is also third with a .333 batting average.
In the circle, Alexis Borden has not skipped a beat from her stellar freshman campaign in which she was named Ivy Rookie of the Year. The sophomore leads the league with a 1.56 ERA and 7.41 strikeouts per game, is second in complete games with 13 and total strikeouts with 109 and is third in wins with eight.
The Tigers are led by sophomore Alyssa Schmidt. The Princeton infielder is third in the league in batting with .402 average. Additionally, Alex Peyton heads up the staff within the circle. The senior is tied for second in the league behind Borden with a 1.78 ERA.
Penn trails 53-20 in the all-time series but has turned it around off late winning 11 of the last 13 meetings, including three of four in New Jersey last season. Additionally, the Tigers’ first-year head coach Leslie King. will make her first trip back to Philadelphia since she spent the previous two seasons as an assistant under