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PHILADELPHIA – The Penn softball team (8-10) is riding high on a four-game win streak, with all four victories coming against Patriot League opponents. The Quakers will play host to one last team from that conference, Holy Cross (6-8), at Penn Park for a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Red and blue have not swept the Patriot League since the 1993 season when they bested Lafayette in a two-game series – they did not face any other Patriot teams that season.
The Quakers and Crusaders have met once before in 2013. On their first day participating in the Rebel Spring Games, the Red and Blue met Holy Cross and put the Crusaders away with an offensive outburst, finishing the game with a 12-4 win in five innings. Penn put three across in the second, exploded for seven in the third, and closed the game with a two-run blast off the bat of Korinne Raby, the first of her career.
The Red and Blue will enter into Saturday’s two-game series having found their offensive rhythm on the season. Penn scored eight runs twice in their last four games and put 11 across the plate in its second game against the Leopards on March 15.
Leading Penn into the weekend against the Crusaders with the bat are Brooke Coloma, Korinne Raby, Elysse Gorney, Stephanie Caso and Samantha Erosa. Coloma leads the team in batting (.326), hits (14) and doubles (4). Raby is tied for first in the Ivy League in home runs (4) and fourth in RBI (12) and leads Penn in each category as well as total bases (22) and slugging percentage (.564). Gorney is tied for fourth in the Ivies with eight walks – teammate Kayla Dahlerbruch is tied for league lead with 10 – and leads Penn with a .468 on-base percentage. Caso is tied for fourth in the Ivies and leads the Quakers with 11 runs scored and Erosa is second on the team in slugging (.425) and fourth in batting (.300).
Alexis Borden has been outstanding in the circle for the Quakers and currently leads her team in every major statistical pitching category. She is currently first in the Ivy League in strikeouts (63) and strikeouts looking (20), is second in innings pitched (62) and third in ERA (1.69) and wins (4).
Holy Cross has recovered since its 0-5 start to the season, going 6-3 since. The Crusaders are led by the Sam Fregenti in batting (.563), slugging (.875) and on-base percentage (.667). Their top two pitchers are Gennifer Durham and Julia Barrett, who have combined for six victories and 41 strikeouts.
Game 1 of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and Game 2 will follow. Live stats and live streaming will be available for both contests and make sure to follow @UPennSoftball for live in-game updates and conversation.