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PHILADELPHIA - Softball is in position to either lock up the South Division title or at the very least capture a share and force a one-game tiebreak. The Quakers (28-15, 11-5 Ivy) are currently tied for first place with Cornell. Penn will take on Columbia (12-29, 6-10 Ivy) this Friday (2 p.m.) and Saturday (12:30 p.m. in a home and away series. The Big Red will take on Princeton this Saturday and Sunday in the other divisional matchup.
Friday's home game will serve as Senior Day for the two members of Penn's outgoing class. Justine Payne and Meg Krasne both served as team captains this season. Payne was named honorable mention All-Ivy as a sophomore after hitting .306 that season with six home runs. Her eight career home runs have her ranked in the top-10 all-time in program history. Krasne was named honorable mention All-Ivy as a freshman. She has battled injuries throughout her career and has been unable to play this year. However, she was recently named the Goldring Award recipient for having the highest GPA amongst senior female student-athletes that have lettered during their time at Penn.
Sydney Turchin comes into the final Ivy weekend batting .323. She is getting on base at a .423 clip. She is currently leading the league in runs (31), walks (22), and stolen bases (12). She has two multi-hits games in the last three. Karina Rios is second on the team with a .310 batting average. She is leading the team with seven doubles and has four hits in her last eight at-bats. Kayla Dahlerbruch is batting .320 in Ivy League games entering this weekend. She ranks in the top-10 in the Ivies in home runs (6), RBI (24), slugging percentage (.508), and on-base percentage (.392).
Samantha Erosa brings a team-high .341 batting average in the Ivies. She has a four-game hitting streak coming into the weekend and has seven hits during that span. Elysse Gorney has scored a run in eight of her last nine games. She is fifth in the league in runs (24) and third in stolen bases (9). Brooke Coloma is currently is second in the Ivies with a team-high 26 RBI. She has also added four home runs this season.
Reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, Georgia Guttadauro, has six hits in her last four games. She has driven in six runs during that span. Two of her four home runs this season have also come during this span. Jessica Melendez leads the Ivy League in home runs with eight long balls. She is tied with Coloma for the team lead with 26 RBI. Six of her home runs have come in Ivy League games. Stephanie Caso has four hits in her last three games, including her second double of the season against Delaware.
Jessica Arneson has played in 23 games this season, making 22 starts behind the plate. She has a team-high six sacrifice bunts. Laura Placentra and Kristen Johnson both have five hits this season. Placentra has scored 11 runs, while Johnson has one run and one RBI. Bridget Ellsworth has added six runs, while Vanessa Weaver has driven in three runs and scored two more.
In the circle, Alexis Borden (19-4, 1.38 ERA) currently leads the league in wins, ERA, shutouts (6), complete games (18), and innings pitched (152.2). She is also second in the league in strikeouts with 162. She has started three games in each of the past two Ivy weekends. Mikenzie Voves (7-7, 2.90 ERA) has made 21 appearances, including 17 starts, this season. She is sixth in the Ivies in wins and strikeouts (81). She also ranks fifth in ERA.
Lindsay Mann (1-0, 2.78 ERA) has appeared in eight games, making three starts this season. In six of her eight games, she has not allowed more than one earned run. In four of those outings, she did not allow a single earned run. Jen Retzer has pitched in five games this season, starting three. She has one victory in the circle.
Three regulars in the Columbia lineup bring .290-plus averages into the weekend. Tristin Moone is hitting .296 and has belted four home runs. Kayla Shimoda is hitting .293, while Jennifer Bergeron is batting .292. Liz Caggiano has a team-high five home runs. In the circle, Brooke Darling (9-15, 3.48 ERA) and Kalli Schultea (3-13, 3.94 ERA) have combined to start 38 of the team's 41 games in the circle this season. Last season, Penn took the first three against Columbia before the Lions took the final game of the series.