Ivy Season Starts Saturday for Softball

PHILADELPHIA – The Penn softball team is hosting Dartmouth and Harvard on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, for Penn's first Ivy weekend of the season.Both doubleheaders start at 12:30 p.m., at Warren Field. The Quakers are currently 4-14-1 after dropping a 10-7 decision and a 3-3 tie to Lehigh on Wednesday.

With the Quaker offense coming alive in the doubleheader with the Mountain Hawks, Penn now has three players batting over .300. Freshmen Jamie Boccanfuso continues to lead the team with a .333 batting average followed by sophomore Alisha Prystowsky (.320) and junior Keiko Uraguchi (.309). Prystowsky also has a team-high 12 runs.

This weekend Penn faces Ivy foes Dartmouth and Harvard. Last season in New Hampshire Penn swept Dartmouth, 4-0 and 7-3, but The Crimson took two games from the Quakers, 3-2 and 6-2.

Scouting the Big Green

Dartmouth is fresh off a two-game win streak, having defeated St. Mary's in the second game of the doubleheader before closing out its spring trip with a 7-6 victory over San Jose State. Dartmouth is 6-10 overall this year, including a 1-5 record on the road. Kirsten Costello (.314) and Molly Khalil (.302) are the Big Green team members with the highest batting average, while Khalil also leads the team with nine RBI.

Scouting the Crimson

Overall, Harvard stands at 12-6 and is coming off a two-game sweep of Bryant on Thursday, 2-1 and 8-1. Hayley Bock paces Harvard with a .327 batting average, .538 slugging percentage and two home runs, while Whitney Shaw is second in all three categories (.323 batting, one home run, .484 slugging). Junior Jessica Pledger leads the team with 14 runs batted in, while Ellen Macadam owns team highs of 18 hits and 14 runs. In the circle, Rachel Brown leads the Crimson with an 8-1 record and 1.18 ERA. She has struck out 89 batters in 59.1 innings, allowing 37 hits and 16 walks.

Live stats for both doubleheaders will be available at PennAthletics.com