PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers are ready to take on a pair of Ivy rivals this weekend, as they host Yale, Saturday at 1 p.m., and Brown, Sunday at noon.
Penn softball is 14-10 overall, 6-2 in the Ivy League, coming off of last weekend’s Ivy match-ups. On Saturday, the Red and Blue dropped two games to Harvard, losing 6-3 and 9-6. They bounced back the next day against Dartmouth, taking two from the Big Green, 14-0 and 11-4. Brown and Yale are both coming off an Ivy League weekend of their own, as they took on Princeton and Cornell at home. Brown lost two to Princeton, 2-0 and 4-3, before splitting with the Big Red, losing 5-1, and winning 4-3. Yale dropped all four games, to start 0-4 in the league. The Bulldogs lost to Cornell, 2-1 and 13-3, and followed that up with a 4-1 extra innings loss, and a 6-3 loss, both at the hands of the Tigers.
Junior second basemen Annie Kinsey has been the leader on offense for the Quakers. Last week, she was named Ivy League Player of the Week for her performances against Lafayette and Columbia. She helped the Quakers go 5-1, including a 4-0 sweep of their Division rivals, Columbia. Kinsey started all six games for Penn. She batted .591 (13-for-22), with two home runs, three doubles and seven RBI. In the Red and Blue’s 13-5 win over the Lions, she went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Kinsey had a slugging percentage of 1.000 and an on base percentage of .654. Kinsey leads the Ivy League in batting average (.489), hits (43), runs scored (28), doubles (11) and total bases (68).
Penn’s pitching staff is led by seniors Erin Boyle and Olivia Mauro, along with sophomore Emily Denstedt. Denstedt has pitched eight complete games for the Quakers, for a 6-5 record, and a 2.73 ERA. Boyle leads the staff, with a 2.33 ERA, with three wins and two saves. Mauro has a 4-2 record, with a 3.19 ERA.
Yale led on offense by junior Aracelis Torres, who has a batting average of .453. On the mound, the Bulldogs turn to sophomore Rebecca Wojciak, who has five wins so far this season, and a 1.75 ERA. Brown’s pitching staff is led by sophomore Kelsey Wilson, who is 2-2 so far this season, with an ERA of 1.21. The Bears have struggled on offense, led by sophomore Kaitlyn Laabs, who has a .288 batting average.
Last year, the Quakers split with both the Bears and the Bulldogs. Against Brown, they lost the first game 2-1, before bouncing back in the second to win 8-0. Against Yale, the Red and Blue won the first game 2-0, but dropped the second, 14-2. These four games will be important for Penn, as they sit in second place on the South Division, behind 4-0 Princeton. The Tigers will host the North Division’s Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend.
Saturday’s game against Yale will also be Little League Softball Day. Little Leaguers will come dressed in their Little League uniform jerseys, and following the games, will meet the Penn players and coaches on the field. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m., with Sunday’s doubleheader scheduled to being at noon.