Softball Opens Home Stretch Wednesday w/Lafayette

PHILADELPHIA - After starting the season with 10 games in Florida over spring break, the University of Pennsylvania softball team is home for its next six games and 12 of the next 14. That stretch begins Wednesday, when the Quakers host Lafayette for a twinbill that starts at 3 p.m.

Penn arrived back in Philly with a 5-5 record, the second-straight season the Red and Blue went .500 or better in the Sunshine State.

Penn vs. Lafayette
The Quakers also hosted the Leopards last year, splitting a twinbill (5-9 L, 10-4 W). The teams did not play in 2014, after Penn rolled to a pair of five-inning wins in 2013 (8-0, 11-2).

Who's Hot?
*Senior Lauren Li is the team leader with 11 hits so far this season; one of just two players to start and play in all 10 games, she hit .379 on the Florida trip and had two doubles, a triple and two home runs.

*Freshman Sam Pederson played in nine of the 10 games in Florida, and had a team-high seven RBI from eight hits in 17 plate appearances. She also scored two runs.

*Junior Leah Allen, the 2014 Ivy League and ECAC Rookie of the Year, had eight hits (including two triples) and six RBI on the trip. She was the other Quakers player to start all 10 games in Florida.

*Allen also had two stolen bases in Florida, giving her 28 for her career which is fifth on Penn's all-time list.

*Junior Cedar Slovacek had Penn's other home run on the trip, her first at Penn.

*Three other players had six hits on the trip: seniors Korinne Raby and Kanani Datan, and freshman Jessica England

*In the circle, Penn went with a committee approach. Junior Alexis Sargent pitched 27.1 innings, highest among five pitchers, and had a 1.79 earned-run average while compiling a 4-1 record. She struck out 24 and walked just five. On Tuesday, she was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week.

*Sargent also had a productive trip at the plate, with eight hits -- which tied her for second on the team with Pederson and Allen -- and five RBI.

*Sophomore Mason Spichiger was in the circle for 19 innings, posting a 2.21 ERA and striking out 15.