Softball Finalizes 2014 Schedule

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s defending Ivy League softball champions are ready for action as the 2014 schedule is set. The Quakers open the season in Penn Park with a doubleheader on March 4 against Big 5 rival St. Joseph’s, before their annual Florida road trip to Orlando and Tampa in March. Including their season opener, the Red and Blue will host nine home contests.

Shortly after returning from a week of tournaments over spring break in the Sunshine State (3/7-14), Penn will travel to Lehigh for a doubleheader on March 19. A six-game homestand follows a week later, featuring two Big 5 rivals and the first two Ivy games of the season.

A doubleheader with La Salle on March 26 kicks off the home games. That weekend, the Ivy season begins with a pair of doubleheaders, when the Quakers first welcome Yale on the 28th, then Brown on the 29th. The homestand comes to an end after crosstown Big 5 rival, Temple, ventures to Penn Park on April 2.

After the game with the Owls, April is dedicated to Ivy play as the Red and Blue will see the remaining Ancient Eight foes every weekend starting with doubleheaders at Harvard (4/4) and Dartmouth (4/5). An additional three nonconference matchups will be thrown into the mix.

Penn will play its first South Division doubleheaders of the season against Cornell on April 12 and 13 in Penn Park. The Quakers will host one of their last home events on Wednesday the 16th when Drexel crosses the street to play under the lights.

Princeton will then host the Red and Blue that weekend for a doubleheader on Saturday (4/19) and Sunday. Penn will stay on the road and make its way to Monmouth on Wednesday (4/23) for a game at 3:30 p.m.

The final home event will commence at 2 p.m. as the Quakers take on Columbia. In the last South Division doubleheader of the season, the two teams will then trade venues and Columbia will host the final Ivy competition.

The Red and Blue conclude their regular season at Villanova on April 29, with Ivy Championships and NCAA Regionals following in May.

Leading Penn last year in its historic season was head coach Leslie King. The Red and Blue went 30-20 overall and 16-4 in conference play, with the Quakers defeating Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship Series to win the program’s second Ivy League title and first ever NCAA playoff berth.

Penn lost seven seniors to graduation last year, a class that held numerous All-Ivy honors, but return several players of the same caliber -- such as two-time first-team All-Ivy pitcher Alexis Borden, two-time second-team All-Ivy outfielder Sydney Turchin, and three-time All-Ivy honoree Elysse Gorney. The Quakers also gain several newcomers in the class of 2017, which boasts a total of ten players ready to suit up for the Red and Blue.