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Twenty Ivy League games could not decide a winner, so Penn (32-15, 15-5 Ivy)
and Cornell (25-22, 15-5 Ivy) will now square off for the South Division title
this Saturday in a one-game playoff at 12:30 p.m. The Quakers earned the right
to host this game by taking three from Cornell during the regular season
series. Penn has won nine of its last 10 Ivy games to get back in the race and
is 17-3 at home this season. This weekend marks the first time the Ivy League
has needed a playoff game to determine a divisional champion since going to
this format in 2007.
The Big Red are the three-time defending South Division
champions, taking home the Ivy League Championship during the 2009 and 2010
seasons. They just recently took all four games on the road against Princeton
to force the playoff, which included 14-inning and 10-inning victories. The
winner of this weekend's one-game playoff will represent the South Division in
the Ivy League Championship next weekend at Harvard.
Freshman Alexis Borden (23-4, 1.39 ERA) was recently named
Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season, giving her five
total honors after earning Ivy Pitcher of the Week once. She leads the league
in wins, ERA, innings pitched (176.2), complete games (22), and starts (24).
She is also second in strikeouts (180) and shutouts (6). She pitched every
inning of the Columbia series, winning all four games. She also had two
complete game victories in the series against Cornell. Borden has already set
the single season record for wins and strikeouts at Penn.
Mikenzie Voves (7-7, 2.90 ERA) picked up the third victory
in relief during the series with Cornell. She ranks sixth in the league in ERA
and seventh in victories and strikeouts (81). She received the win in three of
Penn's Ivy League victories. In her last outing, she threw three innings and
did not allow an earned run in her start against Delaware. Lindsay Mann (1-0,
2.78 ERA) has pitched 22.2 innings over eight games this season, allowing just
two extra-base hits. In four of her outings, she has not allowed an earned run,
including a scoreless inning against Cornell when she inherited two runners on
and nobody out. Jen Retzer has pitched 13.1 innings over five games, including
three starts. She has one victory in the circle during her freshman campaign.
Brooke Coloma was recently named Ivy League Player of the
Week following the series with Columbia. She finished the weekend with eight of
Penn's 50 hits, raising her personal average nearly 40 points in four games. In
the cleanup spot, she is second in the Ivies with 34 RBI and has six home runs,
including two this past weekend. At the top of the batting order, Sydney Turchin is leading the league with 34 runs scored. She is also second in walks
(22) and stolen bases (12) to go along with a .338 batting average and the fifth-best
on-base percentage in the league, .427. Karina Rios is batting a team-high .350
in Ivy League play. She has a hit in her last four games.
Georgia Guttadauro and Samantha Erosa each hit .545 in the
series against Cornell with six hits each in their 11 at-bats. Guttadauro also
hit two home runs in that series, driving in five runs. She is batting .370 in
Ivy League games and has four multi-hit games in her last 10 games. Erosa is
batting .345 during the Ivy season. Since the Princeton series, she has a hit
in 12 of her last 14 games. Stephanie Caso batted .333 in the last series with
Cornell. She has a hit in seven straight games with two multi-hit games during
that time. She has also scored a run in four straight games.
Kayla Dahlerbruch and Jessica Melendez both had home runs in
the series against Cornell. Melendez currently leads the team with eight home
runs, the second-best mark in the Ivies. Six of her home runs have come in Ivy
League games. She is slugging .576 against Ivy League teams. Melendez has scored
27 runs, the third-most in the league, 18 of which have come in Ivy
competition. Like Melendez, Dahlerbruch has 27 RBI this season. She has
a hit in seven of her last eight games. Elysse Gorney is another one of five
players that are now batting over .300 this season. She is third in the league in
steals (11) and fourth in runs scored (29). She has eight hits during her
current five-game hitting streak.
Jessica Arneson has started at least three of the four Ivy
games each weekend since South Division play began, including all four games against
Cornell. She is batting .286 in Ivy League play, including a three-hit weekend
in eight at-bats against Columbia. Laura Placentra and Kristen Johnson each
have five hits this season. Placentra has also scored 11 runs this season.
Justine Payne and Bridget Ellsworth each have three hits and six runs to their
credit, while Vanessa Weaver has a pair of hits this season. Meg Krasne has
not played any games this season, but was still selected as the player's player
at the team's annual banquet.
Cornell had a final non-conference doubleheader this past
Wednesday, splitting with Binghamton. Alyson Onyon (14-4, 2.80 ERA) started
each day during game two against Penn in the first series, but has really come
on strong in the past week and was recently named Ivy League Pitcher of the
Week. She has thrown three shutouts, including Cornell's only win over the
Quakers in the previous series. In the first game against Onyon, the Quakers
made some key Cornell defensive mistakes hurt as they tallied seven runs in
five innings (two earned) the first time they faced her. Jenna Stoller started
both game ones against Penn in the previous series and the Quakers scored nine
times in the six innings that she pitched.
Offensively, 12 different players have homered for Cornell.
Jenny Edwards (9 HR's) and Erin Keene (8 HR's) lead the Big Red in that
category. Edwards and Keene each homered in the previous series, but Penn did a
good job of keeping the bases clear, limiting them both to solo home runs.
Kristen Towne, Clare Feely and Lauren Bucolo all have .300-plus batting
averages for the Big Red. However, in the previous series, it was Morgan Cawley
that had the most success against Penn, going 4-for-10 with two more walks.