Softball Opens Ivy Season This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn softball team commences Ivy play Friday, hosting Brown for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m., then is back on Warren Field Saturday for a twin bill with Yale, also slated for 2 p.m. To follow the games via Live Stats click here.

The Quakers (5-12) come off their strongest offensive outing of the season, sweeping La Salle Wednesday, 9-6 and 6-4. They had a season high nine runs and eight runs batted in in the first game, including Alisha Prystowsky's first home run of the year. The junior also went 2-for-2 in game two, while freshman Brooke Coloma had a stellar day at the plate, going 4-for-7 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Sophomore Cailyn Hennessy (2-5) earned the win in game one, throwing the complete game, allowing 11 hits, six runs, two earned, while striking out three. Junior Taylor Tieman (1-1) grossed her first win of the season in the nightcap, pitching the full seven innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, while striking out four.

Coloma anchors the squad with a .400 batting average (20-for-50), followed by senior Keiko Uraguchi's .365 (19-for-52) and .441 on-base average.

Sophomore Chelsea Ott leads the pitching staff with her 2.24 ERA and 2-4 record, while Tieman (1-1) owns a 2.69 ERA, and Hennessy (2-5) has made nine appearances, including six starts.

Brown enters the weekend with an 11-6 overall record. The Bears come off a 5-4 win over Bryant, but haven't seen action since March 25, due to a doubleheader rainout. Attesting dominance in the circle, Kristie Chin has amassed a 5-0 record with a 0.47 ERA and .139 opposing batting average. Freshman Stephanie Thompson leads the offense with a .417 average, while Kate Strobel has provided power in the lineup with seven home runs and a .400 average.

Yale starts the weekend 4-11, coming off a 3-1 loss to Fairfield on Wednesday. They face Columbia on Friday before meeting Penn on Saturday. Leading the Bulldogs at the plate is Ashley Sloan with a .294 average, while Kayla Kuretich's 2.15 ERA in 42.1 innings pilots the hurlers.

Last season, the Quakers finished 10-10 in Ivy play and second in the South Division behind Cornell (17-3). Penn split with Brown (7-9, 9-1) and swept Yale (3-0, 8-7) in their meetings in 2009.