Softball Concludes with Columbia

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn softball team will wrap up its 2010 campaign with a four game series this weekend with Ivy foe Columbia. Penn will host the Lions in a doubleheader Friday starting at 2 p.m., then will head to New York for two games on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Following the Action: Fans can follow every pitch through live stats (click here).

Senior Day: In between games Friday, there will be a ceremony honoring seniors Susan Miller and Keiko Uraguchi. The pair have been members of the Quaker squad all four years and aided in the 2007 Ivy South Division championship and 2008's 26-win season.

Untangling the Ivy: Heading into the final weekend of conference play, the Quakers (17-21, 10-6) sit four games behind Ivy South leader Cornell (30-11, 14-2 Ivy). In order for Penn to take the championship, the Red and Blue must sweep the Lions (11-30, 2-14 Ivy) while Cornell must lose all four to Princeton (11-29, 5-11 Ivy). Click here for full Ivy standings.

Last Outing: Four Penn pitchers combined for a shutout over visiting Delaware Wednesday afternoon, as the Quakers won 3-0. Sophomore Justine Payne led the squad at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Quakers at the Plate: Uraguchi holds the team's top batting average, hitting .350 with 41 hits on the year and 22 runs scored. Junior Alisha Prystowsky has been a steady contributor with a .324 average, 23 runs scored, 12 doubles, and League-leading .486 on-base percentage. With six long balls apiece, Payne (.318) and freshman Brooke Coloma (.302), along with freshman Stephanie Caso's spectacular glove at shortstop and .322 batting average have added excitement to every Penn contest.

Quakers in the Circle: After earning two complete-game wins last weekend, sophomore Chelsea Ott lowered her ERA to 3.02 and improved to 6-6 on the year. Junior Taylor Tieman (7-6) with a 4.20 ERA and sophomore Cailyn Hennessy (4-5) with a 4.53 ERA have shown flashes of dominance recently and are steadfast options as a starter or reliever for Coach Leslie King.

Scouting Columbia: After being swept in four games by Cornell last weekend, Columbia will step out of conference for the final time today, taking on Saint Peter's for a doubleheader before meeting Penn on Friday.

Lions at the Plate: Kayla Lechler's .356 average 24 RBI, and 33 runs scored leads Columbia offensively, while Maggie Johnson has also been a source of power in the lineup with a .323 average, 15 doubles, four home runs, and team-leading .540 slugging percentage.

Lions in the Circle: Maureen O'Kane (4-12) and Maggie Johnson (5-12) have split the majority of innings on the mound. O'Kane leads the squad with a 4.36 ERA in 106 innings, while Johnson holds a 4.57 ERA in 102.2 frames.