Softball Faces Columbia in Regular Season Finale

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team (25-16, 13-3 Ivy) is prepped and ready for its final stretch run to an Ivy League title. The Quakers need to win just one game this weekend during their four-game series against Columbia (21-23, 7-9) to lock up the South Division crown. Additionally, Penn can lock up homefield advantage for the Ivy League Championship Series without depending on any other outcomes if it posts a 3-1 series victory over the Lions.

The Red and Blue lead Columbia 29-12 in the all-time series and have won seven of the last eight meetings, including a 4-0 series sweep last season. This series, consisting of two home-and-home doubleheaders, will be the seventh consecutive season that the two programs split a four-game series between the two schools’ fields in two days – division play began in 2007.

The Quakers head into the series having won seven of their last eight contests, including three in a row. Their most recent game was on April 24 at Penn Park against Temple in their final non-conference matchup of the regular season. Penn dominated the Owls 11-4 behind Brooke Coloma’s four RBIs, including her second home run of the season. Also contributing to the win was Penn’s pitching staff. Three Quaker hurlers spent time in the circle, allowing four runs over seven innings pitched – Lindsay Mann ended up with the victory, her fifth of the season.

Penn will look toward Coloma to help in addition to Samantha Erosa and Alexis Borden. That trio, among many other contributors, has been carrying the Red and Blue all season long. Coloma currently leads the Quakers with 33 RBI, 40 hits and 13 stolen bases. Erosa leads Penn with a .371 batting average, .562 slugging percentage and a .421 on-base percentage. Lastly, after earning her third Ivy League Pitcher of the Week award this past week, Borden leads the Quakers in every major statistical pitching category. Additionally, the sophomore is second in the Ancient Eight in wins (14), complete games (18), strikeouts (141) and ERA (2.30).

Columbia will be led by its duo of young pitchers in Emily Kenyon and Brooke Darling. Kenyon is third in the Ivies with 134 strikeouts and Darling leads the Lions with 10 victories. Additionally, Alix Cook leads Columbia with a .370 batting average while Emily Snodgrass leads the Lions in the power numbers – 24 RBI and five home runs.

The Quakers and Lions will square off for four games throughout the weekend. The action on Friday is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the Columbia Softball Stadium for an afternoon doubleheader. Play will resume on Saturday afternoon beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Penn Park for another pair of games. Live stats will be available all weekend long and make sure to follow @UPennSoftball for live in-game updates and conversation on Saturday as well.