PHILADELPHIA – Following their longest road trip of the season, the University of Pennsylvania softball team returns home on Wednesday to face Drexel at Penn Park. The Quakers and Dragons will meet at 4p.m., with the game to be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Scouting the Dragons
Drexel has taken the last two matchups against Penn, in a series that dates all the way back to 1981 (Drexel leads all-time series, 39-12). This year’s version of the Dragons sit at 16-21 overall this season, and 0-8 in a tough CAA. Most recently, Drexel is coming off a pair of losses to Towson on Sunday and hold a 2-12 mark in its last 14 games.
Paula Ueno ranks second in the CAA in hits (50) this season, and currently sits third in the league in batting average (.424). She has a hit in 28 games this season, and 12 more knocks than any other Drexel player. Ueno ups her average to .655 against conference foes, which is the best mark in the CAA.
Last Time Out
Penn had a rough stretch on the road last weekend, losing all four Ivy contests to Harvard and Dartmouth. The Quakers opened each doubleheader with defeats in extra innings, dropping their record in such games to 0-5 this season. Kanani Datan led the way offensively, going 7-for-14 at the dish with a RBI and two runs scored. Jurie Joyner followed with a 3-for-9 clip at the plate, with two doubles and a pair of RBI.
The Quakers now sit at 2-6 in the conference—two games back of Princeton in the Ivy League South standings. Penn and the Tigers will battle this weekend in a four-game set.
Quaker Quick Hits
*Alexis Sargent continues to lead the Ancient Eight in ERA (2.03) and strikeouts (88) this season. She faced some hard luck last weekend, being on the losing end of a pair of extra-inning affairs.
*Sargent struck out nine and allowed just a single run over the first seven innings against Dartmouth, before giving up a walk-off three-run home run in the eighth.
*Leah Allen knocked in three more runs last weekend, upping her RBI total to 30 this season (leads the Ivy League). Allen’s 30 is 16 more than any other Penn player, and is 13 shy of her own school record of 43. Her 97 career RBI also ranks fifth all-time.
*Allen is also one shy of the Quakers’ all-time home-run mark, currently sitting with 23 career long balls.
*Sam Pederson leads the Quakers in batting average (.372) this season, and is tied with Lauren Li with a team-high 29 hits.
*Penn enjoys a balanced attack on offense, with five Quakers holding a batting average of over .300. Following Pederson’s team-high .372, it goes Li (.345), Datan (.316), Sargent (.308), and Allen (.302).