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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn softball team looks to put an end to its four game losing-streak when it takes on Villanova, Sunday. Game one of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. at the Wildcats' softball complex.
Swept in the last two outings, the Quakers fell to Lehigh, 2-0 and 10-7, on Wednesday. Penn struggled to get the bats going in a one-hit shutout for Lehigh's Tiffany Curtis, but had an offensive explosion in game two. Down five, the Quakers struck with a six-run sixth inning off seven consecutive hits, but the Mountain Hawks answered back in the bottom of the frame with three runs to claim the win, despite Penn's 13-12 hit advantage.
On the season, freshman Brooke Coloma leads the squad with her .405 batting average and a team high .450 on-base percentage. Senior Keiko Uraguchi holds s a.350 average from the left side of the plate, in addition to being the Quakers' leading run scorer with six.
Freshman Jessica Arneson (.324) and junior Alisha Prystowsky (.310) have been steady offensively, belting three and five doubles, respectively, on the year, while freshman Stephanie Caso and senior Susan Miller have shown to be the timeliest hitters with .364 averages with runners on base.
With an impressive 1.86 ERA, sophomore Chelsea Ott (2-3) leads the pitching staff with two wins in six starts and four complete games. Penn's other starter in the rotation, sophomore Cailyn Hennessy (1-5) holds a 4.45 ERA in five starts and eight appearances. Penn's hurlers have faced a number of pressure packed situations, as the Red and Blue have had six one-run games.
Villanova enters the weekend 6-13 overall, following a split doubleheader with Monmouth on Thursday. The Wildcats fell, 4-0, in the first game, but came back to win 2-1 in the nightcap. They play two more tomorrow against Lafayette, before meeting Penn on Sunday.
Leading Villanova's offense is senior Jess O'Boyle with a .433 average and four home runs, while Molly Manning (2.69 ERA) and Caitlin Delhaba (3.58 ERA) have each accrued three wins on the mound.