PHILADELPHIA - The Penn softball team welcomes Lafayette to Warren Field Wednesday afternoon for a non-conference twin bill set to start at 3 p.m. The Quakers come into the meeting 11-14 overall and 6-2 in the Ivy League, while Lafayette holds a 10-21 overall record and are 1-7 in the Patriot League.
Penn split both series with Ivy foes Harvard and Dartmouth this past weekend. They dropped the first game, 10-0 in five innings, to the Crimson then used a five-run second inning to win game two, 5-4. In a reverse trend, the Quakers topped Dartmouth 3-2 in game one, then surrendered another run-rule loss, 10-1 in five, in the nightcap.
Alisha Prystowsky led the Quaker offense, batting .500 (6-for-12) with two runs batted in and a run scored over the weekend. On the season, she leads the team in a number of categories, including slugging percentage (.521), on base percentage (.462), RBI (14), doubles (8), home runs (2), total bases (38), walks (15), and is second with her .329 batting average.
No Payne, No Gain
Since the start of League play, sophomore second baseman Justine Payne's batting average has skyrocketed from a .276 to a team-best .340. The second year is also second in slugging percentage at .480.
Sophomore Chelsea Ott (3-5) leads the squad with a 2.75 ERA in 61.0 innings of work. She earned the win in Penn's 3-2 decision over Harvard, throwing six innings, allowing ten hits, two runs, while striking out one. Prior to this past weekend, junior Taylor Tieman (5-2) held a 1.25 ERA, but spiked it to a 2.81 after giving up six earned runs in 1.1 innings in Penn's loss to Dartmouth.
Home Sweet Home
Wednesday's doubleheader is just the first of eight consecutive home contests for Penn. The Quakers play a four-game series with Cornell on Saturday and Sunday, and a twin bill with Drexel next Wednesday. Currently, Penn has won its last seven straight at home.
Penn and Lafayette have both faced Wagner and Villanova this season. The Leopards swept Wagner (2-1 and 5-3) and were swept by Villanova (2-0 and 8-0 in five innings), while Penn lost a tight one with Wagner (5-6) on the spring break trip, and fell to Villanova twice as well (8-0 in six innings and 1-0).
On March 2, 2008 the Quakers split a doubleheader with the Leopards on Warren Field. Penn won the first game 4-3 in an 11 inning marathon when senior at the time Christina Khosravi blooped a liner over the shortstop's head to bring home freshman Diana Ark. In the nightcap, Penn fell to Lafayette 1-0 in a game that had to be shortened due to darkness.
Scouting the Leopards
Before coming to Penn's campus, Lafayette takes on St. Peter's in Jersey City for a doubleheader this afternoon. The Leopards recently broke their ten-game losing streak, splitting a pair with Bucknell.
At the plate: Kerry Giffin leads Lafayette with a .308 batting average. Kasey Karr has been a steady source of power with seven home runs, seven doubles, and 57 total bases, while hitting .293.
In the circle: Karr (8-10) has seen the majority of the time on the mound, making 21 appearances, 18 starts, in 113.1 innings. She holds a 4.45 ERA and has limited her opponents to a .274 batting average.