PHILADELPHIA - With a modified schedule due to the threat of bad weather this weekend, Penn returns to Warren Field against Princeton this Friday at 2 p.m. for a doubleheader and will finish up the weekend on Sunday with the regularly scheduled 12:30 p.m. start. The four games with Princeton (13-17, 4-4 Ivy) mark the beginning of divisional play in the Ivy League. In the first eight games of the Ivy League schedule, Penn was playing teams from the North Division. Now the Quakers (10-16-1, 2-6 Ivy) will go head-to-head with south division opponents in the next three weekends, playing the teams that they must finish ahead of to make the Ivy League Championship series.
Princeton has split each of the first four Ivy League Doubleheaders this season, winning the second game in three of those four series. Like Penn, Princeton has not been in action since the previous weekend of Ivy League play due to game cancelations during the week.
Princeton has two hitters in its lineup that are currently hitting over .300 heading into the weekend. Lizzy Pierce is batting a team-high .368, while Sarah Rounsifer is hitting .309. This Tigers also have four batters that have knocked in at least 10 runs and six that have scored at least 10 runs. Kelsey VandeBergh and Alex Peyton have also added four home runs each to the Princeton attack.
In the circle, Peyton also holds a team-best 3.53 ERA with four wins on the season. Peyton is also coming off of being named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week. Against Harvard and Dartmouth, she picked up both Princeton wins, while maintaining a 1.17 ERA over the weekend. Michelle Tolfa and Liza Kuhn have also seen substantial innings this season.
The Penn offense comes into the weekend with the highest on-base percentage and second highest slugging percentage in the Ivies. The team is also fourth overall in team batting. Alisha Prystowsky is leading the team in these three categories plus runs, RBI's, total bases, triples, and hits. She is third in the Ivy League with an on base percentage of .485, while also fifth in the league in batting with a .372 average. She is second in triples (3) and fourth in runs scored (24).
Elysse Gorney and Kayla Dahlerbruch continue to have strong rookie campaigns as they are hitting .329 and .324 respectively. Gorney is second on the team in hits and triples, while Dahlerbruch leads the team in doubles and has showed patience at the plate with 13 walks. Brooke Coloma is also batting .302 with a team-high three home runs, while being second on the team in RBI's with 18.
Samantha Erosa raised her batting average 72 points to .280 after going 6-12 against Yale and Brown over the weekend. Justine Payne and Stephanie Caso are also batting in the .270's this season.
During this past week, Penn homered three times. For the season, nine players have homered; six of these nine have two or more home runs on the year.
Mikenzie Voves was strong over the past week, taking a hard luck loss in the 2-1 defeat in nine innings against Yale. She has a team-best six victories on the season. Cailyn Hennessy and Taylor Tieman will also have a significant impact on the pitching this weekend. Both of these pitchers have two victories on the season.
Despite the tough outing a weekend ago, Penn is sitting in third place in the south division, just three games behind first place Cornell. The Quakers still control their own destiny with 12 games remaining against Princeton, Cornell, and Columbia in the next three weekends.
Live Stats and a Live Blog will be available for all four games this weekend.
Friday, April 15
Princeton vs. Penn, 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 17
Princeton vs. Penn, 12:30 p.m.