Ivy League Weekly
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
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.