PRINCETON, N.J. – The Ivy League announced its softball weekly honors on Tuesday and University of Pennsylvania sophomore Kanani Datan and freshman Leah Allen were named Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively. This is Datan’s career first weekly Ivy honor and Allen’s second consecutive Rookie honor, third this season.
Ivy Softball Week 9 Honors Release
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore outfielder Kanani Datan has been very productive for the Penn in recent games. She entered the week hitting just .250 on the year, going 9-for-36 with one RBI in her first 15 games this season, but finished this week’s six League games with a .588 average.
Datan jump started the offense and sparked the squad to five wins, hitting safely in all six contests, going 10-for-17 with eight RBI and six runs scored -- two being the winning run in Sunday’s doubleheader with Cornell -- when the Quakers defeated the Big Red in both games by a score of 9-8.
The sophomore outfielder was also named the Corvias ECAC Division I South Player of the Week.
6 GP, 17 AB, 6 R, 10 H, 2 2B, 8 RBIs, 3 BB, 0 K, 2 SB, .588 Avg., .667 on-base, .706 slg.%
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman outfielder Leah Allen continues to lead the Quaker bats, after hitting .529, with three home runs and 10 RBI in this past week’s six League games. Allen hit safely in five of the six contests, going 9-for-17 at the plate and slugging 1.294. She leads the League in home runs with nine and in slugging percentage at .814. In the final game of the Cornell series, Allen was a hit away from completing the cycle.
For her performance this week, Allen was also named as one of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s top performers, as well as Madness Ivy Softball Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
6 GP, 17 AB, 7 R, 9 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBIs, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 SB, .529 Avg., .600 on-base, 1.294 slg.%
Datan, Allen, and the rest of the Red and Blue will be back in action on Wednesday for a single midweek game with Philadelphia rival Drexel. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Penn Park.