PHILADELPHIA - The Penn softball team will cap its fourth straight home doubleheader Wednesday with Drexel. The first game is slated for 3 p.m. on Warren Field. The Quakers enter the games with a 13-18 overall mark and 7-5 record in the Ivy League.
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Last Outing: The Quakers went 1-3 in an important League weekend with Cornell (24-11, 10-2 Ivy). Holding the top two positions in the Ivy League South Division, Penn fell to three games behind the Big Red in the standings.
In two slugfests where the teams combined for 45 hits and eight home runs Saturday, Penn came up short, 5-4 in game one and 13-5 in the nightcap. On Sunday, they bounced back from a 6-0 defeat in game one to top Cornell 9-6 in the final contest of the weekend's four-game series. Sophomore Chelsea Ott threw the complete game to earn the win, while freshman Jess Arneson and junior Alisha Prystowsky belted home runs in the ten hit effort.
"Chick Dig the Long Ball": With a steady breeze blowing out to left-centerfield, fans were treated to 13 home runs over the course of the weekend. Six of which were Penn's, including two from Prystowsky, and one from Arneson, sophomore Justine Payne, freshman Stephanie Caso, and freshman Brooke Coloma - Coloma's second grand slam of the season.
Score Early and Often: Penn holds a 6-2 record when they are leading after the first inning, and are 10-1 if ahead after the fifth. However, the Quakers are 2-12 when trailing after the first inning.
Penn at the Plate: Prystowsky leads the Quakers in a number of offensive categories, including her .341 batting average, .474 on base percentage, .593 slugging percentage, 20 runs scored, five home runs, 11 doubles, and 17 walks. Senior Keiko Uraguchi (.323), Payne (.318), and Caso (.306) have also been top strong with the bats.
Penn Hurlers: Facing the Ivy League's top offense this past weekend, it took a toll on the Penn pitching staff's ERA's. Ott (4-6) leads the squad with a 3.31 in 74 innings of work. Junior Taylor Tieman (6-4) holds a 4.25 ERA in 56 innings, and leads the team with 26 strikeouts.
Scouting Drexel: The Dragons come off a 3-2 extra inning win over George Mason this past weekend, improving Drexel to 15-17 on the season and 5-7 in the CAA.
Drexel at the Plate: Ashley Botelho leads the bats with a .396 average (40-for-101) and five home runs. Paige Collings is only other hitting above .300 with a .302 average, five dingers, and 18 RBI.
Drexel in the Circle: Hillary Allen's 1.97 ERA and 9-7 record pilots the pitching staff. Throwing 113 2/3 innings, Allen has completed ten games, while recording 54 strikeouts. Katrina Gaudier (3-5) has seen the second-most time on the mound, hurling 58 innings, with a 4.22 ERA.