Softball Hits the Road for Ivy Weekend up North

PHILADELPHIA – On a three game winning streak, the University of Pennsylvania softball team looks to keep the momentum rolling this weekend with a pair of Ivy League doubleheaders against Harvard and Dartmouth. The Quakers first head to Boston to take on the Crimson at Soldiers Field Friday at 2 p.m. before heading to Hanover to square off with the Big Green Saturday at the newly constructed Dartmouth Softball Park at 12:30 p.m.

Live Video/Stats

A live video feed for the doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday will be provided by the Ivy League Digital Network. Four packages are available to purchase, including a $9.95/day pass for everything Penn. See for full details.

All the action can also be found through live stats:

Harvard Live Stats

Dartmouth Live Stats

Links for the live stats can also be found on the Penn softball schedule.

Last Time Out

In a midweek non-conference matchup with Big 5 rival Temple, Penn extended its win streak to three with a walk-off single by senior third baseman Kayla Dahlerbruch. Dahlerbruch, who was 0-3 with a walk, knocked in the winning run which sealed the 4-3 victory in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Pitching stats against Temple

WP: Alexis Sargent (4-2), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

SP: Courtney Cuzick, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Team stats against Temple

4 Runs, 9 Hits, 1 Error, 11 LOB, 2 SB

Scouting the Crimson (13-11, 0-0 Ivy)

Harvard has yet to compete in Ivy Play after losing its scheduled opening weekend with Princeton and Cornell to Mother Nature.

On Tuesday, the Crimson swept local rival Boston College for the first time in 15 years, defeating the Eagles 4-2 then 4-3 (6 INN) at Soldiers Field. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh in the first game, Harvard rallied and tied the game after junior Adrienne Hume hit a two-run bomb over the left-centerfield wall. During the next at-bat, junior pitcher Laura Ricciardone struck out but reached first as the ball escaped from the Boston College catcher. With Ricciardone on, Kasey Lange stepped up to the plate and blasted the ball out of the park, delivering a Crimson 4-2 win.

Harvard followed up with a second win after capturing the 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth, totaling three hits and two runs that inning.

Crimson to watch:

Senior infielder Kasey Lange – Leads the Ivy League in RBI (21) … First on the team and third in the League in batting average (.367) … Currently holds Harvard’s best slugging percentage (.608) … Leads the Crimson in doubles (7), home runs (4), while sharing the top spot for most hits (29).

Junior infielder Emily Gusse – Second on the team in RBI (13) and in hits (21) … Has third best batting average on team (.296).

Junior pitcher Laura Ricciardone – Holds a record of (6-5) … Pitched most innings (73.2) and has third most wins (6) and strikeouts (47) in the Ivy League … Holds second best ERA (2.38)

The Series with Harvard
Harvard leads the series, 50-17

First Meeting: The Quakers defeated the Crimson in 1980, 14-2
Last Meeting:
March 29, 2013 - Penn defeated Harvard in a doubleheader, 7-2 then 6-3
The Quakers and Crimson competed in the Ivy League Series in 2007 and 2012, with Harvard winning both series in two.

Scouting the Big Green (14-13, 4-0 Ivy)

Dartmouth opened the Ivy season with wins against Cornell on Saturday and then a pair of wins on Monday over Princeton. Two Big Green, junior Kristen Rumley and sophomore Morgan McCalmon, were honored with weekly Ivy Awards for their performances over the weekend’s 4-0 start.

In the bottom of the seventh during the first game, sophomore Kelsey Miller hit a shot out to right field that bounced off the glove of Princeton’s Melissa Reynolds, which dropped over the fence. The missed grab resulted in two Big Green crossing home plate but only one was counted as Miller passed teammate Alyssa Loyless on first base. The umpires met and determined Miller would be credited with a single but called out for passing her teammate.

Dartmouth saw the Tigers take a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the second game from a solo home run, however, it was the only run the Tigers scored and the Big Green came back to score four runs to take the second win.

Big Green to watch:

Sophomore pitcher/first baseman Morgan McCalmon – Named as this week’s Ivy Player of the Week … Tied for second best batting average on team (.400) … Team leader in slugging percentage (.675) … Big Green with second best on base percentage (.442) and ERA (3.72).

Sophomore third baseman Kelsey Miller – Leads the Ivy League in batting average (.405) … Second best slugging percentage on team (.608) … Leads Dartmouth in hits (30), runs scored (21), stolen bases (5), and on base percentage (.488).

Junior pitcher Kristen Rumley – Named as this week’s Ivy Pitcher of the Week (her second this season) … Leads the League in strikeouts (111), wins (9), and saves (2) … Holds best ERA on Dartmouth (2.13).

The Series with Dartmouth
Penn leads the series, 25-20

First Meeting: The Quakers defeated the Big Green in 1981, 16-1
Last Meeting:
May 4-5 for the Ivy League Series … Penn defeated Dartmouth in a three game series (1-0, 2-6, 3-2) to advance to the program’s first NCAA playoff appearance.
The last time either of the team completed a sweep was in 2011, when Penn defeated Dartmouth at home 9-8 then 10-8.