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PHILADELPHIA – Collegiate
softball has already begun around the country, and Penn will begin its 2013
campaign this weekend as it travels to Florida for the annual Spring Break
trip. The Quakers will be taking part in two tournaments – Central Florida’s
Spring Fling and the Rebel Spring Games – totaling 13 games.
UCF Spring Fling:
Penn will open up the season as the home team on a neutral
Central Florida field against Connecticut at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. Later in the
day, the Quakers will meet Ole Miss at 2 p.m. as the away team. Then on
Saturday the action continues at 2 p.m. when the Red and Blue meet Big 5 rival
Villanova as the home team. Penn closes play on Saturday evening against host
UCF at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Quakers will meet the Huskies once again in the
final game of the tournament, set to being at 11:30 a.m.
Rebel Spring Games:
The Red and Blue continue their tournament play as the road
team against Holy Cross at 9 a.m. on Monday. Penn’s next game is scheduled to
begin at 11 a.m. that same day against Sacred Heart. On Tuesday, the Quakers
doubleheader consists of Loyola University-Chicago at 9 a.m. and South Dakota
at 11 a.m. After a day off Wednesday, Penn is back in action on March 7 for
another doubleheader, this time against Tennessee-Martin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
On the final day of competition on March 8, the Quakers will finish up against
South Dakota at 11 a.m. and Akron at 1 p.m.
The Red and Blue returns its entire starting lineup from
last season’s Ivy League South Division championship team. That roster consists
of eight 2012 All-Ivy players, including three first-team honorees. Penn went
33-17 last season, and 16-7 in the Ivies, which was the best record in program
One of those eight returning All-Ivy players, last season’s
freshman phenom Alexis Borden, will be the focal point in the circle in 2013.
The sophomore dominated in her first year in the Ivy League, culminating her
season with an exclamation point by throwing the first-ever perfect game in
program history, propelling Penn to a South Division title and a meeting with
Harvard in the Ivy League Championship Series. The unanimous first-team All-Ivy
selection earned the third Rookie of the Year award in program history by
leading the league in wins (24), appearances (34), games started (27), complete
games (25) and innings pitched (196.2). Her ERA (1.46), shutouts (7) and
strikeouts (193) ranked second.
Lindsay Mann and Jen Retzer started just three games apiece
last season, but will be asked
to take on expanded roles within the circle with a thinned pitching staff. Mann appeared in eight games last
season, compiling a 2.78 ERA in 22.2 innings pitched while Retzer pitched just
13.1 innings in five games.
Catcher is a position of strength for the Quakers.
Quad-captain Elysse Gorney was one of Penn’s three first-team All-Ivy players
and split her time between catcher and designated player. She batted in the two
spot for all but three games last season, ranked second on the team in stolen
bases (11), hits (47), runs scored (29), tied for second in doubles (8) and was
third in batting average (.309). Gorney’s backup, fellow quad-captain Jessica
Arneson started 26 games and tied for third on the team in fielding percentage
Georgia Guttadauro and Karina Rios spilt time at first base
for the Quakers in 2012. Guttadauro spent most of the season batting fifth or
sixth in the order. She hit .286 in 34 games played last season, and ranked
second on the team in slugging percentage (.488) and fielding percentage
(.985). Rios had an outstanding freshman year in Philadelphia, playing in 41
games and earning a second-team All-Ivy selection. Now a sophomore, she led the
team in slugging percentage (.500) and doubles (9), spending the majority of
the season in the seventh spot.
Another quad-captain, Samantha Erosa, started all but five
games at second base and earned her first-ever second-team All-Ivy selection. She
batted sixth and seventh most of the year and was second on the team in batting
(.302) and on-base percentage (.393) and was one of just four Quakers to score
at least 20 runs. As a first-year captain, Erosa made an impact during
conference play, batting .345 against Ivy teams.
Kayla Dahlerbruch started 48 of her 49 games played at third
base, earning honorable mention All-Ivy. She was second on Penn with 29 RBIs,
tied for second on the team in home runs (6) and walks (21), and tied for third
in doubles (6). The Californian hit third in the lineup in 48 games as well.
Shortstop belonged to Stephanie Caso, as she made 47 starts
there as a junior and tied for third on the team in fielding percentage (.973).
Now a senior, the Brooklyn native spent the majority of her season batting in
the ninth spot.
Second-team All-Ivy performer Sydney Turchin led the team in
almost every offensive category. The left fielder led Penn in batting (.329),
runs scored (39), hits (52), walks (22), on-base percentage (.414) and steals
(12). She played in all 50 games in 2012 – the only Quaker to do so – led the
Ivy League in runs and was second in stolen bags and bases on balls. Turchin
batted leadoff in all 47 of her starts.
The last quad-captain, Jessica Melendez, occupies
centerfield for the Red and Blue. Melendez earned honorable mention All-Ivy
honors in 2012, led Penn in the power category with eight home runs and was
second in RBIs (61). The Miamian spent most of her time in the fifth spot of
the order, but did see at-bats in the sixth spot as well.
Brooke Coloma was the third of Penn’s first-team All-Ivy
performers and started all but two games in right field. She led the Quakers and
was second in the Ivies with 34 RBIs. The Californian dominated in Ivy play,
batting .328 and driving home a league-leading 20 runs. Entering into her
senior season, Penn’s cleanup hitter ranks fourth on the program’s all-time RBI
list and needs 21 more to become the all-time leader.
Live stats will be available for most of Penn’s 13 contests
in Florida and the official Penn softball Twitter account, @UPennSoftball, will
live blog during each game.