PHILADELPHIA - Following a weekend that saw the softball team split a pair of doubleheaders against Lehigh and Rider, Penn will have one final game before diving into Ivy League Play this weekend as the Quaker's head to La Salle on Wednesday for a mid-week matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the cross-town matchup.
Penn is coming off of a weekend that had both its up and downs. The weekend started off with Penn breaking an eight-game losing streak to Lehigh in the first game of their doubleheader, but falling in the second. The following day, Penn dropped the first game against Rider, but rebounded nicely in the second game to come away with the split, finishing the weekend 2-2.
La Salle comes into this game following a couple of tough defeats in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Offensively, Emily Moran leads the team in batting average with a .292 average, while DJ Guinn leads the team in runs batted in. In the circle, Guinn also has team-best 4.41 ERA through 69.1 innings.
La Salle and Penn currently have four common opponents on the season. Both teams already have wins over Bryant. Penn also owns victories over Holy Cross and Robert Morris, both of which have beaten the Explorers this season. However, both teams were defeated by Loyola during the Rebel Spring Games.
A year ago, Penn defeated La Salle twice at Warren Field. In those games, Cailyn Hennessy and Taylor Tieman both went the distance in their respective games. Hennessy picked up the win in the 9-6 victory in game one, while Tieman picked up the win in Penn's 6-4 victory in game two.
In the circle, Penn is led by freshman Mikenzie Voves who is coming off of her Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. She currently has five wins on the season, while the aforementioned Tieman and Hennessy each have a victory as well.
Offensively, Kayla Dahlerbruch and Alisha Prystowsky are tied with a team-high .364 batting average through 16 games. Right behind them is Elysse Gorney who is now batting .362 after going 5-11 last week with three walks. Brooke Coloma is also batting .360 in the early part of the season for Penn. Kelsey Wolfe appears to be on the verge of breaking out offensively following her 3-7 day against Rider on Saturday.
After this game on Wednesday, Ivy League Play opens up around the Ancient Eight this weekend. Penn will open the Ivy slate with Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday. Both of these doubleheaders will begin at 2 p.m.
For Wednesday's game, Live Stats will be available through La Salle University.