PHILADELPHIA - The Penn softball team is in Upstate New York for a pair of doubleheaders with South Division revival Cornell on Saturday and Sunday. Cornell leads the South Division with a 6-2 Ivy mark (27-7 overall), while Penn sits in second with a 4-4 record (9-20 overall). After a successful weekend on their first Ivy road trip, the Quakers are looking to break .500 in the Ancient Eight.
The Quakers went 3-1 last weekend in New England against Brown and Yale, including a come-from-behind win at Yale that allowed the Red and Blue to make a sweep of the doubleheader over the Bulldogs. Kelsey Wolfe finished the Ivy weekend 13-for-7 with a .538 batting average with nine RBI. Wolfe currently leads the Ivy League with a .522 batting average in conference play. Behind two-thirds of Penn's wins, pitcher Jessie Lupardus (6-4)has recorded the win on the mound for the Quakers. Lupardus leads the Penn pitching staff with a team low 1.43 ERA.In addition, she has a .48 ERA in league play the lowest of any pitcher in the Ancient Eight. Alisha Prystowsky leads Penn at the plate with a team-high batting average (.369), runs (24), home runs (5) and slugging percentage (.579). Keiko Uraguchi leads the Penn baserunners with 10 stolen bases.
Scouting the Big Red
The Big Red leads the Ivy League in team batting with a .304 average and in pitching with a 1.69 team ERA in overall games this season. Jessy Berkey (.396), Ashley Garvey (.394), Elise Menaker (.368) and Alyson Intihar (.364) rank third through sixth in the league, respectively. Freshman Lauren Marx leads the Ivies with a 0.66 ERA overall and 5-1 record.
Thefirst pitch for both doubleheaders isslated to cross the plate at 12:30 p.m, with Live Stats of the games available by clicking here