PHILADELPHIA - Kayla Dahlerbruch has been named the first recipient of the Ivy League Rookie of the Week Award following an impressive beginning to her collegiate career. With the award week ending with games being played on Sunday, Dahlerbruch only had two games worth of stats, but was still selected as the outstanding rookie for the inaugural week.
In her first two games, Dahlerbruch made her presence in the lineup felt immediately. In her first game against Eastern Kentucky, she started at third base and batted sixth in the order. In her first at-bat wearing a Penn uniform, Dahlerbruch came up with the bases loaded and two outs. She delivered with a two-run single to give Penn the early 2-0 lead. When she came up for her second at-bat Eastern Kentucky had tied the game at two. The Quaker rookie was once again hitting with two outs and had two runners on base. Dahlerbruch once again came through with a clutch two-run double to give the lead back to Penn. She would finish her first game 2-3 at the plate with four RBI's.
In the second game against Bryant, Dahlerbruch again went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored. For the day, she went 4-6 with one run and four RBI's. She slugged .833 and had an OBP of .714. She was also error free on the field in eight chances over the two games. She was also 3-4 with runners on base, including 2-2 with runners in scoring position.
She has carried her early success into this week as well. After five games this season, Dahlerbruch is hitting .438 with six RBI's and 11 total bases. She is slugging .688 and has on OBP of .571.
For Penn, Mikenzie Voves was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll after pitching five innings and only allowing one earned run to pick up the win in relief. Dahlerbruch, Voves, and the rest of the Penn team will be playing in Florida through Friday as part of the Rebel Spring Games.
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