PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team will host Villanova on Tuesday for a mid-week clash against the Wildcats. In a game that was originally scheduled to be played on the Main Line, the Quakers and Wildcats will now meet at Penn park at 2:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Quakers are coming off a 2-2 weekend, in which they split doubleheaders against Yale and Brown. Penn opened Ivy play with a 1-1 afternoon versus the Bears, winning Game Two of the day by a score of 2-0. Spichiger posted the victory in the circle, tossing 4.1 scoreless innings in relief. Lauren Li and Jurie Joyner tallied RBI hits for the Quakers.
On Saturday, the Quakers took Game Two against Yale in dramatic fashion. Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Penn’s top of the order methodically put the game-winning run on the board. Sam Pederson and Kanani Datan tallied back-to-back hits to begin the frame. Li followed with a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over, before Pederson raced home on a Leah Allen chopper to second base. Penn erupted for five runs in the third inning to temporarily take a 5-1 lead.
Scouting the Wildcats
Villanova enters Tuesday on a six-game winning streak, and holding an overall record of 15-13 this season. Most recently, the Wildcats swept a four-game series against St. John’s over the weekend to improve to 3-3 in the Big East. It has been a season of streaks for the Main Liners, as they have separate winning stretches of three, five and six games.
Lauren Herschberg has led the way offensively, hitting .368 and leading the Wildcats in both hits (35) and RBI (20). As a team, Villanova leads the Big East with a .312 batting average and ranks third in the league with a 3.95 ERA.
Quaker Quick Hits
- Alexis Sargent continues to lead the Ivy League in ERA (1.68) this season. She has allowed just 17 earned runs in 71.0 innings of work.
- Sargent also leads the Ancient Eight in strikeouts (74) and fewest hits allowed (59) of anyone who has pitched over 60 innings.
- Sam Pederson leads the Quakers, and is positioned fourth in the Ivy League in batting average (.387). Since making her first career start on March 6, Pederson has reached base in all but one game this season.
- Lauren Li and Leah Allen each rank in the top ten of the Ivy League in slugging percentage. Allen leads the Quakers with a .649 clip, while also leading the Ancient Eight in RBI (27). Li has a team-high 26 hits and eight doubles.
- The Quakers lead the Ivy League in triples with seven so far this season.
- Penn has the second-most stolen bases in the Ancient Eight with 27. Sophomore Hayley Metcalf leads the Quakers with six.
The Quakers hit the road for doubleheaders against Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend. Penn is set for a 2 p.m. start in Hanover on Friday, and a 12:30 first pitch in Cambridge on Saturday.