Softball Readies for Midweek with Monmouth

PHILADELPHIA – After an important divisional series win, the University of Pennsylvania softball team will be back in action at Penn Park Wednesday afternoon, hosting Monmouth. The Quakers look to get some momentum going into the final weekend of Ivy League play, when the winner of the Ivy South Division will be determined, with a single-game contest against the Hawks. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

Follow Along
An audio broadcast of the game will be provided by the Penn Sports Network on the Ivy League Digital Network and can be found here.

You can also follow pitch-by-pitch action through live stats for each of the four contests by clicking here.

Links can also be found on the Penn softball schedule.

Last Time Out
Penn added another division series win under its belt as the Quakers split Princeton at Penn Park on Sunday to take the series, 3-1. In dramatic comeback fashion, the Red and Blue scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth of the first game of the day to propel themselves to a 4-2 victory. The Tigers returned the favor in the following game, coming back from a 5-1 deficit to win 7-5. Now that the four-game series is completed, Penn sits atop the South Division at 10-6 with Princeton right behind at 7-7.

On the day, senior captain Sydney Turchin led the Quakers at the plate hitting .625 (5-for-8). Junior Korinne Raby and senior captain Vanessa Weaver were also hot at the plate, hitting .571 and .500 respectively. The three combined to bring in four of the day’s nine runs.

Game 3 – Penn (19-16, 10-5 Ivy) 4, Princeton (14-21, 6-7 Ivy) 2
WP: Alexis Borden (9-10), 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

LP: Erica Nori (0-4), 0.1 IP, 0 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Game 4 – Penn (19-17, 10-6 Ivy) 5, Princeton (15-21, 7-7 Ivy) 7
WP: Claire Klausner (3-1), 2.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

LP: Mason Spichiger (2-2), 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Save: Shanna Christian (1), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Scouting Monmouth (11-19, 7-5 MAAC)
The Hawks travel to Philadelphia after falling in their final game of the weekend, finishing 3-1 on the weekend against two conference opponents. On Saturday, Monmouth played a doubleheader at St. Peter’s, taking both, 15-11 and 11-4. To finish their four-game weekend, the Hawks returned home on Sunday to face conference rival Fairfield. While Monmouth was able to pick up an 8-0 win in five innings to start the day, a second contest loss of 10-2 kept the Hawks from completing the sweep.

Hawks to Watch
Senior outfielder/second baseman Kayleena Flores – Team-high .346 batting average … Has started 29 games this season … Leads the team with 2 triples and is second on the team with a .481 slugging percentage.

Senior pitcher Sydney Underhill – Has pitched 82.1 innings across 25 appearances, with 18 starts … Leads the team with 57 strikeouts … Has logged 2 saves on the year in addition to 3 wins.

The Series with Monmouth
Overall:
Monmouth leads the series, 11-3

First Meeting: The Quakers defeated the Hawks in 1996, 8-3
Last Meeting:
April 23, 2014 –The Hawks defeated Penn at Monmouth, 4-2.
Notables:
The Hawks have won the last eight contests between the two teams, dating back to 2008. Prior to that, the Quakers strung together their only two back-to-back wins in the series, beating Monmouth in consecutive weeks in March 2008.