PHILADEPLHIA It is the last weekend for the Penn softball team and it has a pair of doubleheaders with Ivy South Division rival Columbia to wrap of the 2009 season. The Quakers will be in New York for the first twinbill and the two teams will head back to Philly for the final doubleheader this weekend, which will also serve as senior day. Senior day will honor Penn's two senior leaders,Emily Denstedt and Anna Puglisi.With Cornell already the South Division champion, this weekend’s game will serve other significance for the two teams.
Penn (12-27-1, 7-9 Ivy) is just one game behind Princeton (14-18, 8-8 Ivy) for second in the division and depending on how Princeton does against at Cornell this weekend, Penn has a very good chance to overcome its Ivy nemesis. Columbia (15-31, 3-13 Ivy) needs to make a sweep of the weekend to tie the Quakers for the bottom of the South Division. In the North Division, Harvard and Dartmouth will meet this weekend to battle for supremacy and the right to play for the Ivy title with Cornell.
The Quakers are coming off a midweek doubleheader with Drexel. Penn could not overcome five-run innings from the Dragons in both games to be swept, 6-5 in game one and 5-3 in the night cap.
Sarah Patrick recorded her second home run in less than a week and her third of the season, while Kelsey Wolfe and Bridget McDugall went four-for-three in game one. Alisha Prystowsky continues to pace the Quaker offense with a .382 batting average and is tied with Jamie Boccanfuso with 40 hits a piece. With the Red and Blue’s recent success at the plate five Quakers are batting over .300.
In the pitching circle, the Penn pitching staff owns a 4.03 with Jessie Lupardus leading the squad with a team-low 1.54 ERA and seven of Penn’s 12 wins.
Scouting the Lions
With the Lions sitting at the bottom of the South Division, in the most ideal situation for Columbia, a sweep would tie the Quakers for third. On Thursday, the Lions split with Rider in non-conference play. Keli Leong leads the Lions in batting average (.312), runs (26) and hits (49). From the mound, Maggie Johnson has pitched 122 innings, 40 more than any other Lion, for a team-low 3.44 ERA.
Penn will look to make a sweep of Columbia, like it has done the past two seasons. And with a little help from Cornell, Penn will surpass Princeton for second in the South.
Both Saturdays and Sundays doubleheaders first pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m., with the seniors being honored between games on Sunday at Warren Field.