Softball Meets La Salle before Opening Ivy Season

PHILADELPHIA – After counting down the days until this weekend, only one more nonconference opponent stands between the University of Pennsylvania softball team and the opening of the Ivy League season. On Wednesday, the Quakers will now host a midweek doubleheader with the Explorers starting at 4 p.m. only to return to Penn Park on Friday for the opening of the Ivy League season. The Red and Blue will go head-to-head with Dartmouth -- the Ivy foe the Quakers fell to in three in last year’s Ivy League Championship Series -- at 2 p.m. Penn will then host Harvard in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m.

Last Time on the Field
On Sunday, the Quakers (8-7) were in action at Penn Park, as they hosted the University of the Sciences in a doubleheader. After a slow start to the day, the Red and Blue cranked up the bats and topped the Devils in both games by identical scores of 9-1 in 6 innings.

Sophomore Alexis Sargent and junior captain Lauren Li both recorded their second wins of the season in the circle, while a total of nine players hit at least .500 on the day. Sargent also now leads the Ivy League in RBI with 14, while senior Alexis Borden leads the Ivy League with 53 strikeouts. Also of note, senior captain Sydney Turchin is riding a four-game hit streak.

Scouting La Salle (3-6, 2-0 A10)
The Explorers are coming off a pair of conference wins after defeating George Washington in a doubleheader 10-1 and then 3-1. La Salle jumped out to an 8-0 lead after the first three innings in game one and didn’t look back, while game two turned into a pitching duel. Helping the Explorers get on the board first, Michelle Hagarty hit a leadoff home run, for her fourth RBI on the day. La Salle held a 3-0 lead but the Colonials cut the deficit to two when a hit to left field by Victoria Valos allowed Megan Linn to score. However, it was all they would get as Morgan Matetic struck out swinging for out number three.

Explorers to Watch:
Sophomore Infielder Christina Bascara – Leads La Salle with 9 hits and .409 batting average … Is 2-2 (sb-sba) … Second on team in RBI (4), total bases (13), and slugging percentage (.591).

Sophomore Infielder Michelle Hagarty – Has started all nine games played … Leads team in RBI (5), total bases (14), and slugging percentage (.667) … Also leads team with 2 HR and 2 doubles.

Junior Pitcher Mary Cate Scott (1-2, 1 save) – Leads Explorers with a 0.67 ERA and 17 K … Made seven appearances in the circle and tossed 21 innings … Has only allowed 2 earned runs.

Scouting Dartmouth (5-11, 0-0 Ivy)
Before heading to Philadelphia, the Big Green are set to stop in College Park, Md. for a doubleheader with Maryland on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Dartmouth opened the 2015 season with a 4-2 win over Auburn during the USF Wilson DeMarini Tournament in Tampa but were only able to capture four more – the most recent against St. John’s (3/19) 5-2 in 9 innings – in a total of 16 games so far this season.

A Look at the Numbers
So far, Dartmouth has given up 13 home runs with senior pitcher Kristen Rumley giving up the most at 8. While they are the team that has given up the most in the Ivy League, the Big Green also leads the League with 10 home runs (five of which belong to League leader Katie McEachern).

Current Hitting Stats

Name

gp

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

bb

k

sb

cs

avg

obp

slg

Dartmouth

16

428

41

104

14

4

10

36

34

83

9

4

.243

.312

.364

Penn

15

386

52

94

17

2

2

48

32

77

19

4

.244

.312

.313

Current Pitching Stats

Name

gp

ip

h

r

er

bb

k

k/g

hr

era

Dartmouth

16

105.1

101

55

45

41

73

4.85

13

2.99

Penn

15

100.0

92

55

41

43

91

6.37

7

2.87

Big Green to Watch:
Senior pitcher Kristen Rumley – Second in the Ivy League with 44 strikeouts … Made 13 appearances, getting 10 starts … Hold a 4-8 record, pitching 8 complete games and 1 shutout.

Junior shortstop Katie McEachern – Batting .350 … Leads the Ivy League with 5 home runs, second in the League with 12 RBI … Holds team best slugging percentage (.800) … Has started all 16 games.

Junior Utility Morgan McCalmon – Has League’s fifth best ERA at 2.45 … Tossed 24 strikeouts across 25.2 innings pitched … Made 8 appearances with 5 starts.

Scouting Harvard (7-12, 0-0 Ivy)
Harvard opened the 2015 season in Madeira Beach, Fla. at the EMU Madeira Beach Spring Invitational with wins Wichita St. and Villanova. The Crimson scored eight runs in both wins, scoring six in the top of the fourth against the Shockers to win 8-0 in 5 innings.

The last time Harvard took the field was on Saturday, when the Crimson played the University of San Diego on the West Coast. It took ten innings before a run crossed home plate, and the Toreros were the ones to come out on top. Both teams totaled 31 at bats with San Diego recording four hits and four strikeouts, while Harvard tallied two hits and two strikeouts.

Before Saturday’s matchup, the Crimson will play a doubleheader at Columbia on Friday, scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.

A Look at the Numbers
Harvard leads the League with a whopping 31 stolen bases, holding three of the top five individual spots in the League. Senior Andrea Del conte is one shy from the top spot with seven, while freshman Dallas Hogan is right behind at six. Junior Zoe Galindo is tied for fifth with sophomore Leah Allen at five. Penn is second in the category with 19.

Current Hitting Stats

Name

gp

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

bb

k

sb

cs

avg

obp

slg

Harvard

19

511

65

127

13

4

8

55

41

79

31

9

.249

.314

.337

Penn

15

386

52

94

17

2

2

48

32

77

19

4

.244

.312

.313

Current Pitching Stats

Name

gp

ip

h

r

er

bb

k

k/g

hr

era

Harvard

19

130.1

136

71

61

42

81

4.35

12

3.28

Penn

15

100.0

92

55

41

43

91

6.37

7

2.87

Crimson to Watch:
Senior catcher Katherine Appelbe – Fourth best batting average in the League at .396 … Fifth most RBI in League with 8 … Leads team with 19 hits and 10 runs.

Senior infielder Katherine Lantz – Second in League with 3 home runs … Leads team with .605 slugging percentage and 26 total bases … Second best batting average on team (.349).

Senior pitcher Laura Ricciardone – Has team’s best ERA at 2.57 … Appeared in 10 games, starting 9 with 4 complete games and 1 shutout … Pitched 46.1 innings and tossed 25 strikeouts.

Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer
This marks the second consecutive season that the Quakers have partnered with Go4theGoal to fight against pediatric cancer. The Red and Blue will once again wear gold laces - the color for pediatric cancer awareness – during this weekend’s doubleheaders between Dartmouth and Harvard, in support of the Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer initiative. Helping in the fight against childhood cancer, the money generated through the Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer games will support patients at CHOP.

About Go4theGoal Foundation
Go4theGoal Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Dr. Richard and Beth Stefanacci, soon after their oldest son Richard was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. In 2011 Go4theGoal launched two national campaigns, National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day and Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer. These campaigns give schools, businesses, and sports teams an opportunity to raise awareness and much needed support for kids battling cancer. Go4theGoal provides children undergoing cancer treatment and their families with financial assistance, runs fun hospital-based programs, grants special wishes, and supplies state of the art electronic products to children and pediatric oncology units across the country. Since 2007, Go4theGoal has funded nearly $1,000,000.00 in research.