PHILADELPHIA - After a spring break trip to Florida where Penn started out the season winning five of eight, the Quakers will return to Philadelphia and play their home-opener on Wednesday, March 16 at 2:30 p.m. against cross-town rival Saint Joseph's (10-5). This will be the third straight season in which Penn hosts the Hawks to open the home slate.
In the home opener a year ago, Penn split the doubleheader versus Saint Joseph's, losing 1-0 in the first game before breaking out offensively in the second game on its way to a 7-1 win. In the first home game last season, Cailyn Hennessy allowed just one run over the full seven innings, while scattering six hits. However, the offense could not get it going offensively as Erin Gallagher threw a no-hitter for Saint Joseph's to win the first game. In the second game, Penn busted out offensively in a big way as the team scored seven runs on 13 hits, earning the split with the 7-1 victory. Justine Payne went 2-3, driving in four runs and scoring another to lead the Quaker attack in the victory. Alisha Prystowsky went 3-4 with two runs batted in, while Jessica Arneson added two hits in three at-bats and scored once.
During the current season, Saint Joseph's and Penn currently have one common opponent as both teams have played Robert Morris during the early season. Penn defeated Robert Morris 14-8 during its second day of play at the Rebel Spring Games, while Saint Joseph's lost 8-3 against Robert Morris. Saint Joseph's also defeated Wagner 5-0, but the Quaker's game with Wagner was cancelled due to the weather in Florida.
Saint Joseph's is led offensively by three players who all have batting averages over .300. Dana Parks in the Hawk's hottest hitter as she is batting .510 through 15 games this season, while Monica Aguilar is batting .410 during that same span and Shannon Kramer is hitting .310. In the circle, Saint Joseph's sends out three pitchers who are all capable of shutting down offenses. Gallagher leads the team with an ERA of 1.27. She is 6-3 on the year. Taryn Ashway has a 2.37 ERA with two victories, while Lauren Pembleton also has two wins to go along with her 4.75 ERA.
For Penn, six players who saw regular action in Florida hit over .300 during the spring trip, including three that batted over .400. Brooke Coloma batted .462 with 11 RBI's, while slugging .615. Prystowsky also hit .440 and scored 11 runs, while Stephanie Caso finished the trip with a batting average of .409 with 10 runs. In addition to be named 2011's Inaugural Ivy League Rookie of the Week, Kayla Dahlerbruch batted .391, while slugging .565. Elysee Gorney and Samantha Erosa also batted above .300, hitting .346 and .308 respectively.
Mikenzie Voves recorded three wins in the circle for Penn, posting a 2.21 ERA. Tory Satagaj and Hennessy also posted solid ERA's of 4.20 and 4.42 respectively. In addition to Voves, Hennessy and Taylor Tieman were each the pitcher of record in Penn's other two victories during the week.