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PHILADELPHIA – Stacked with 26 players this season, including eight newcomers, the University of Pennsylvania softball team is ready to make its fourth-straight run to the Ivy League Championship Series and reclaim the Ancient Eight crown and continue into postseason play. The Quakers’ 2015 spring schedule features 18 home contests, with the Red and Blue beginning their journey against Rider in a doubleheader at Penn Park on March 4.
Penn won’t stay home for too long as the annual Florida road trip will begin the next day. Last year, the Quakers went 4-7 over a course of 10 days, claiming their first win over Colgate 11-1 in six innings. Against Providence, then freshmen Leah Allen and Alexis Sargent recorded their first collegiate home runs. Allen tied the game at 7-7 on a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth; Sargent followed Allen’s bomb with one of her own, scoring what was the winning run.
Upon returning back to Philadelphia, the Red and Blue will play in three nonconference doubleheaders – at Lehigh (3/18), University of Sciences (3/22), at La Salle (3/25) -- before opening the Ivy season in a rematch of last year’s ILCS. Penn hosts Dartmouth for a doubleheader on Friday, March 27 at 2 p.m. The Quakers will then play a doubleheader with Harvard the next day at Penn Park starting at 12:30 p.m.
A midweek nonconference matchup will take place every Wednesday before a weekend of conference games, starting with Lafayette (4/1) and Yale/Brown (4/3-4) -- the first Ivy road tests.
Penn will play Villanova in a single game at home on April 8 before opening South Division play at Cornell April 11-12, which will be followed by another week of a City 6 and Ivy opponent – Drexel (4/15) and Princeton (4/18-19).
Once again, the Quakers will play Monmouth (4/22) before beginning the final South Division series with Columbia (4/25-26). This year, the Red and Blue will travel to New York first and will finish their season at home on Sunday. Last year in the series, Penn sat 2.5 games ahead of the Lions and needed to win the series to secure the South Division Crown outright. They did just that, sweeping Columbia at home the first day, 10-0 and 9-1. Both games ended in five and the Quakers were on their way to the title. A third game win on the road in the four-game series sealed the deal for the Red and Blue, advancing them to the ILCS with Dartmouth for a second year.
2015 Spring Schedule