PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s softball team will play its final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday afternoon at Saint Joseph’s. The Quakers and Hawks will renew their Big 5 rivalry at 4 p.m. at the SJU Softball Field.
*The Quakers will look to bounce back this week after suffering a four-game sweep to Princeton last weekend at Penn Park. Penn’s four losses to the Tigers were by a combined nine runs.
*Penn now sits at 15-16 overall, and 5-7 in the Ivy League. The Red and Blue will need a strong finish in the Ivy season to catch the first-place Tigers, who stand at 10-2 in the conference.
*Leah Allen was nothing short of spectacular in five games last week. The senior captain went 9-for-17 with eight RBIs and three home runs. The senior captain homered three times on Sunday alone, driving in 7 of Penn’s 10 runs on the day.
*Allen is now one RBI shy of tying Penn’s all-time mark held by Brooke Coloma (125). She is also one shy of tying Penn’s career triples record, which is held by Laurie Nestler (10).
*Allen leads the Ivy League with 15 stolen bases, and is now batting .405 which ranks fourth in the Ivies.
*A trio of sophomores were also solid against Princeton. Sam Pederson, Jess England and Sarah Cwiertnia combined for 14 hits, nine runs scored and four walks.
*Cwiertnia continues to lead the Ivy League with 28 RBIs this season. She has driven in 12 more runs than any other Quaker this season.
*Alexis Sargent put together a pair of complete games last weekend, earning a pair of losses. The senior is now 9-7 on the year with a conference-best 2.53 ERA.
Scouting the Hawks
*Saint Joseph’s has won eight games in a row, and sits atop the Atlantic 10 standings with a 9-3 conference record. The Hawks are coming off sweeps of Rhode Island, Delaware and St. Bonaventure.
*Amanda Kulp leads the Saint Joseph’s attack with a .406 batting
average and a .474 on-base percentage. She also leads the team with 24 runs
scored. Ashley Ventura pilots the pitching staff with a 10-8 record and a 2.21
The Quakers jump back into Ivy action this weekend with four games in Ithaca against Cornell.