Softball Opens South Division Play at Princeton

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PHILADELPHIA - Intra-divisional play gets underway this weekend as Penn travels to Princeton for four games. The two squads will play a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday. First pitch on each day is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The Quakers (20-13, 5-3 Ivy) and Tigers (11-20, 5-3 Ivy) are both sitting in second place heading into the weekend, just two games off the pace of Cornell. Penn went 1-3 against Dartmouth and Harvard last weekend after sweeping the opening weekend of Ivy League play against Brown and Yale. Princeton split its opening weekend with two wins against Dartmouth and took three of four in the Brown and Yale weekend.

Kayla Dahlerbruch and Sydney Turchin each bring .300-plus batting averages into play this weekend. In addition to the eighth-highest batting average (.327) and fifth-best on-base percentage (.441), Turchin leads the Ivies in runs (24), walks (19), and stolen bases (11). Her stolen base total is already the fourth-best single season mark in program history. Dahlerbruch ranks seventh in the league in on-base percentage (.406) and ninth in slugging (.495). She is also third in league with 19 RBI and has hit five home runs.

Brooke Coloma and Jessica Melendez rank second and third on the team in RBI. Coloma has driven in 16 runs this season, which ranks her eighth in the league, while scoring nine more. She has also reached base in nine of the last 10 games. Melendez is tied for the team lead with five homers, fourth-most in the Ivies. She also has 14 RBI to go along with 12 runs scored. Starting in center field, she has not committed an error.

Karina Rios is batting .299 coming into the weekend series. She is tied for the team lead with six doubles this season and has recorded Penn's only triple. She has recorded a hit in 12 of her last 14 games and has reached base in all but one game during that streak. Elysse Gorney has hit safely in 22 of her last 27 games, including a 12-game hitting streak during that time. She is tied with Rios for the team lead in doubles (6) and has recorded an extra base hit in four of the last five games.

Juniors Samantha Erosa, Stephanie Caso and Jessica Arneson each bring on-base percentages greater than .300 into the weekend. Erosa is getting on base at a .378 clip, which includes drawing seven walks and being hit by pitch a league-high seven more times. She has also scored 12 runs. Caso has drawn 15 walks, the third-highest total in the Ivies. She has been on base six times in the last five games, including three walks and scored twice this past weekend. Arneson has reached base in her last nine games and has record five sacrifice bunts, the fourth-highest total in the league.

Georgia Guttadauro has 10 hits this season, including two home runs. She has driven in nine runs. Laura Placentra and Kristen Johnson each have five hits and two RBI this season. Bridget Ellsworth has three hits off the bench and has scored a total of six times this season. Justine Payne and Vanessa Weaver each have two hits this season. Both of Payne's hits have resulted in runs, while Weaver has a .375 on-base percentage. Senior Meg Krasne has not seen any game action this season.

In the circle, Alexis Borden (12-4, 1.43 ERA) leads the Ivy League in wins, ERA, shutouts (5), complete games (13), and innings pitched (108). She has finished each of the last 13 games that she has started and has allowed just 88 hits in her 108 innings. Mikenzie Voves (6-5, 2.59 ERA) ranks fifth in the league in victories and sixth in ERA. She is also sixth in the league in strikeouts with 66 in 75.2 innings of work. She received the victory in Penn's win over Dartmouth last weekend with a complete game effort.

Lindsay Mann (1-0, 2.91 ERA) has pitched in 21.2 innings so far this season and is allowing just over one hit per inning, but only two of those hits have gone for extra bases. She has pitched in seven different games. In two of those outings she did not allow a run, while in three others, she conceded just one earned run. Jen Retzer has pitched in five games, starting three. She has thrown 13.1 innings and has picked up one victory in the circle.

The Tigers' offense is led by four players that are each hitting at least .315. Nicole Ontiveros is batting a team-high .327, while Alex Peyton and Alyssa Schmidt are hitting .320 and .319, respectively. Peyton also has a team-high seven home runs this season. In addition to hitting .315, Kelsey VanderBergh has four home runs on the season. In the circle, Liza Kuhn (5-8, 3.25 ERA) has seen the most innings, while Peyton (4-8, 3.90 ERA) also figures to seem prominent time.

Kuhn, the reigning Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, is allowing under one hit per hitting and striking out just over one per frame, but has struggled with control at times, walking 41 hitters in 88.1 innings. Last season, Penn used strong pitching, allowing just six runs over the four-game weekend, to take all four games at home against Princeton.

After this weekend on the road, the Quakers will be back at home next week for five games. Next week's schedule will start with a single game against Drexel on Wednesday. That will be followed up by the second weekend of South Division play against Cornell.