PHILADELPHIA The Penn softball is breaking up its Ivy League weekends with a doubleheader on Wednesday against Temple at Warren Field. The Quakers are looking to continue its momentum from the weekend where they went 3-1. After getting out to a slow start at the plate, the Red and Blue are having all types of success on offense and over the weekend the Quakers accumulated 40 hits.
The Red and Blue split with Brown on Saturday and then swept Yale on Sunday. At Brown, Penn lost the first game 9-7, but rallied to win 9-1 in the second. Freshmen Jamie Boccanfuso hit her first collegiate home run in the first game that drove in three runs. Penndefeated Yale, 3-0, in the first game and battled back from a five run deficit to win the second, 8-7. Jessie Lupardus pitched all of the first game and closed out the second. Kelsey Wolfehit a triple with the bases loaded at the top of the seventh inning in game two that allowed the Quakers to take the lead and win.
Boccanfuso continues to be a fixture in the Quaker offense. Over Penn’s five games this past week, Boccanfuso went 14-for-8 for a .571 batting average with six runs and six RBI. She leads the team in batting average (.364), hits (32) and RBI (19). Wolfe had an explosive weekend at the plate. In Penn’s 8-7 comeback win over Yale on Sunday, Wolfe provided crucial hits with two outs on the board in both the sixth and seventh inning. Wolfe finished the Ivy weekend 13-for-7 with a .538 batting average with nine RBI. She currently leads the Ivy League with a .522 batting average in conference play. Along with Boccanfuso, Alisha Prystowsky (.359) and Keiko Uraguchi (.307) round out the Quakers top bats.
Behind every one of Penn’s four wins this past week, Lupardus was the pitcher at the mound recording the win. In 19.2 innings pitched over the past week, Lupardus has struck out 20, while allowing two runs on 14 hits. Lupardus leads the Penn pitching staff with a team low 1.44 ERA In addition, she has a .48 ERA in league play the lowest of any pitcher in the Ancient Eight.
Scouting the Owls
Temple heads to Warren Field on Wednesday with a 5-21 record. The Owls’ offense is Courtney Norene with a team high .280 batting average for 21 hits and 11 RBI. Six other Owls have a batting average of .200 or higher. In the pitching circle, the Owls post a 4.55 ERA.
Action begins 3:00 p.m., at Warren Field and livestats of the game will be available at PennAthletics.com.