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PHILADELPHIA - After two consecutive weeks on no mid-week non-league action, softball will host Drexel Wednesday at 6 p.m. The later start time while allow the cross-campus rivals the chance to play under the lights at Penn Park. Drexel (18-19) is coming off a weekend where it lost all three of its CAA games to Georgia State. With a win, the Quakers (23-14) can move into sole possession of second on the all-time list for victories during a season in Penn history. They currently share that mark with the 2007 team.
Penn's pitching has the team ranked second in the league with a 2.28 ERA. Alexis Borden (15-4, 1.30 ERA) has thrown a league-high 129 innings, including 21 this past weekend against Princeton to take home three victories. Her ERA is the 20th-best in all of Division I softball. She also leads the league in victories, complete games (16), and shutouts (6). Mikenzie Voves (6-6, 2.57 ERA) ranks fourth in the league in ERA and sixth in victories and strikeouts (69). She has thrown 81.2 innings, making 17 appearances, including 14 starts.
Lindsay Mann (1-0, 2.91 ERA) has thrown 21.2 innings this season in seven different appearances, including three starts. During the non-conference portion of the schedule she has a 2.00 ERA. In three of her seven appearances this season she has not allowed an earned run. Jen Retzer has appeared in five games, starting three. She has pitched 13.1 innings, including 6.2 innings in her victory this season.
Two hitters, Sydney Turchin and Kayla Dahlerbruch, come into the game with .300-plus batting averages. Turchin is batting a team-high .313 out of the leadoff spot and is getting on base at a .421 mark. She has scored 25 runs, drawn 20 walks, and stolen 11 bases - all league bests. Dahlerbruch has nine hits in the last seven games. She leads the team in slugging percentage (.491) and RBI (21).
Jessica Melendez belted two home runs against Princeton and is now tied for the league lead with seven. She had seven hits over the four-game weekend, driving in five runs. Brooke Coloma recorded what turned out to be the game-winning runs on her home run against Princeton. She finished the weekend with four RBI and scored five runs. She is second on the team with 20 RBI. Karina Rios also had a homer in the eight-run inning against Princeton. She has recorded a hit in four of the last five games.
Elysse Gorney has a hit in 15 of the last 17 games, raising her batting average 50 points during that time. She has scored 17 runs and stolen nine bases this season, both the second-most on the team. Samantha Erosa hit safely in each of the four games over the weekend at Princeton. She also scored two runs, while driving in two more. Stephanie Caso has been getting on base at .316 clip this season. She is a perfect two-for-two in stolen base attempts and has drawn 17 walks.
Jessica Arneson has started played in 19 games, staring 18. She has hit safely in seven of her last nine games, including a pair of multi-hit games. Georgia Guttadauro has played in 21 games, starting 17. She has driven in nine runs and has two home runs. Laura Placentra has scored 10 runs and has a hit in three of the last five games she has batted, including two RBI.
Vanessa Weaver and Justine Payne each have three RBI this season. Each of Payne's hits have resulted in runs, while Weaver has scored two other runs. Kristen Johnson and Bridget Ellsworth each have two RBI. Johnson has five hits, including one for extra bases, while Ellsworth has scored six runs this season.
Despite not seeing any game action this season, senior captain Meg Krasne was honored as the Norman J. Goldring Award winner for having the highest GPA amongst senior female student-athlete letterwinners during the Senior Student-Athlete Banquet on Monday.
Drexel is led offensively by two regulars that are batting .330 or higher. Jenn Reading is hitting .333, starting every game. She has scored 19 runs, while driving in 21. She also has a team-high eight home runs this season. Paige Collings is batting .330, also staring every game. She has six home runs and a team-high 33 runs. In the circle, Hillary Allen (9-10, 3.66 ERA) and Shelby Taylor (9-8, 3.71 ERA) have combined to start all but one game this season for the Dragons. Last season, Penn used a late home run to push past Drexel in extra innings.
After this mid-week game, the Quakers will be back at home this weekend as Cornell comes to Penn Park this Saturday and Sunday with first place in the South Division up for grabs.