PHILADELPHIA - After a week down in Kissimmee, Fla. competing in the Rebel Spring Games, the Quaker softball team will open its northern schedule Wednesday with a doubleheader against Saint Joseph's starting at 2:30 p.m. on Warren Field.
Penn (2-5) had a competitive spring training trip with four of their seven games decided by one run, including a 1-0 win over the University of South Dakota and 3-2 victory over Bryant University.
The Red and Blue proved their resilience with a number of late game rallies in which 13 of the team's 23 runs were scored in the final three innings, including nine in the sixth inning alone.
Boasting a team batting average of .312, Penn has seven of its players hitting above .300, including freshman Brooke Coloma, junior Hilary Sheridan, and senior Susan Miller all with a .400 average. Senior Keiko Uraguchi and junior Alisha Prystowsky hit.381 over the first week, followed by freshman Stephanie Caso's leading nine hits and four RBI, batting .360.
In the circle, sophomore Chelsea Ott owns a 1-1 record and 2.02 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched. With 10 strikeouts under her belt, Ott pitched a complete game shutout in Penn's win over South Dakota in the season opening game.
Southpaw sophomore Cailyn Hennessy earned the Quakers' other win, throwing a complete game against Bryant. Making five appearances, Hennessy is 1-2 with a 2.68 ERA.
Saint Joseph's comes into the twin bill with an 8-6 record after competing in the USF and Under Armour Tournaments in Clearwater, Fla. as well as the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. As a team, they hold a .261 batting average, led by freshman Dana Parks' .358. Sophomore pitcher Erin Gallagher has gotten a majority of the innings with a 6-4 record and 2.44 ERA.