Softball in New England for First Ivy Road Trip

PHILADELPHIA – The first Ivy road trip is in store for the Penn softball team this weekend with Brown on Saturday and Yale Sunday with both games scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The Quakers are looking to continue their momentum from its 9-1 over La Salle that included two home runs, in particular a grand slam from Taylor Tieman.

Following Penn’s win over the Explorers on Wednesday, the Quakers are now 6-17-1 overall and 1-3 in the Ivy League. Last weekend kicked off the Ivy season for the Ancient Eight and the Quakers battled Dartmouth and Harvard. The Red and Blue split with Dartmouth on Saturday (7-8, 8-0) and dropped two to Harvard on Sunday (1-3, 3-5). Despite early offense problems this season, the Quakers bats are back with avenges. Alisha Prystowsky leads the team with a .359 and has three home runs in the past week; while Keiko Uraguchi (.333) and Jamie Boccanfuso (.329) round out the Red and Blue that surpass the .300 mark. Jessie Lupardus leads the pitching staff with a 1.85 ERA.

Scouting the Bears

The Bears broke up their Ivy League weekends with a sweep over Rhode Island on Wednesday (4-3, 3-1). In Brown’s opening Ivy League weekend, the Bears were swept by Cornell and split with Princeton. Kate Strobel leads the Bear offense with a team high batting average (.339), runs scored (13), hits (20), and RBI (12). In the pitching circle, the Bears have amassed a 4.52 ERA. Last season, the Quakers were very successful over the Bears taking both games in the doubleheader. The Red and Blue defeated the Bears, 4-0 in game one and 11-3 in six innings during game two.

Scouting the Bulldogs

Yale (12-14) is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Fairfield on Wednesday. Katie Edwards knocked in the 84th run of her career and needs one more home run to become Yale's all-time leader. Lauren Huddleston leads the Bulldogs with a .468 batting average, good for 29 hits and 19 runs. The Bulldog pitching staff has compiled a 2.61 ERA thus far. Penn and Yale split a doubleheader last year at Warren Field. The Quakers won the first game 5-4 on Anna Puglisi's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Bulldogs had 11 hits in a 9-5 win in the second game.