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PHILADELPHIA - In its final doubleheader before the Ivy League schedule gets underway, softball will host La Salle this Wednesday with the first game starting at 4 p.m. La Salle (3-17, 0-2 Atlantic 10) comes into this mid-week contest trying to snap a five-game losing streak. Penn (13-10) comes into the city matchup following a 3-1 weekend at its own tournament this past weekend.
For fans unable to make the game, live stats and live audio will be available to track the action from Penn Park. A live blog will also be available.
The Quakers currently rank second in the Ivy League with a team ERA of 2.26. Alexis Borden (8-2, 1.28 ERA) has started nine games this season and has thrown a complete game in each of her last eight starts, including three shutouts during that time. She has allowed just 60 hits, while striking out 69 in 71.1 innings of work. Her ERA is the 32nd-best in all of Division I.
Mikenzie Voves (3-4, 1.88 ERA) has thrown a complete game in six straight starts. She has struck out 35 batters in 52 innings and has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of her last six starts. She has one shutout during this streak.
With Borden and Voves finishing every game that they start as of late, the innings have been hard to come by for the rest of the pitching rotation. Lindsay Mann (1-0, 2.33 ERA) pitched four innings, allowing just one earned run against Temple in her only action since Florida. She has pitched 18 innings total over five games, including two starts. During that time she has only allowed 20 hits, while striking out seven. Jen Retzer has also pitched in five games, starting three. She has pitched a total of 13.1 innings and has one victory to date.
Penn has two players that are currently hitting over .300. Sydney Turchin currently leads the Ivy League in hits (23) and stolen bases (8), while she is second in runs scored (13). She is batting a team-best .333 and has an on-base percentage of .439. Kayla Dahlerbruch is batting .303 and has a team-high 11 RBI's, which is tied for third in the league. She also has a team-high three home runs, tying her for the league lead.
Georgia Guttadauro and Jessica Melendez each hit two home runs this past weekend at the Penn Spring Invitational. Melendez became the first player to homer in Penn Park this spring and has scored a run in three of last four games for Penn. Guttadauro has a hit in four of the last five games, including a two multi-hit games in that span. She has driven in six runs total in the last three games and scored in three of the last four.
Elysse Gorney comes into the game second on the team in runs (9) and stolen bases (6). She has played in all but one game and starting 19. She has 16 hits, which is the third-most on the team. Karina Rios has a team-high four doubles out of her nine hits this season and has an active four-game hitting streak.
Brooke Coloma is tied for second on the team with nine runs driven in. She has an RBI in five of the last nine games. Middle infielders Stephanie Caso and Samantha Erosa have started 20 and 18 games, respectively. Erosa has 10 hits this year, including two multi-hit games, while Caso has reached base in three of the last four games.
Vanessa Weaver has drawn three walks to go along with two hits for a .500 on-base percentage in the early part of the season. Laura Placentra has played in 16 games, starting four, while Bridget Ellsworth has played in eight, starting five. These two have both scored five runs.
Kristen Johnson has five hits, including one double, while Jessica Arneson has four hits. Both players have two RBI's and one run scored. Senior captain Justine Payne has appeared in nine games, starting five. She has a RBI double in 12 at-bats, while fellow senior captain Meg Krasne has not played yet due to injury.
With a young squad, La Salle has started slow, but recently played a close game against Villanova, before falling 8-5. Breanna DiTommaso leads the Explorers' offense with a .320 batting average and seven runs scored, while Alicia Aughton and Megan Hodgsen each have two home runs.
In the circle, La Salle has three pitchers, all freshmen. Aughton has the decision all three wins this season. She has pitched 77 innings and has an ERA of 3.82. Kristin Travers has started eight games and pitched 41.2 innings, including four complete games.
Last season, these two squads played just one game at La Salle as Penn shut down the Explorers' offense in the 6-0 win. The Quakers have won the last six in the series dating back to 2008.
After these two games on Wednesday, softball will open up Ivy League play this Friday and Saturday at home against the North Division's Brown and Yale. Brown comes to Penn Park Friday for a 2 p.m. doubleheader, while Yale will come in Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader.