Softball to Play Midweek Game with Villanova

PHILADELPHIA -- Before the University of Pennsylvania softball team begins Ivy League South Division play with Cornell this weekend, the Quakers (13-13, 4-4 Ivy) will host Philadelphia rival Villanova in a single game on Wednesday at Penn Park. The Red and Blue and Wildcats will meet for the 63rd time since the two programs first met in 1975. Wednesday’s action is slated to begin at 4 p.m.

Last Time Out
After a heartbreaking game one loss, Penn took command in game two to split a doubleheader with Yale at Dewitt Family Field. Six runs in the fourth inning fueled the Red and Blue’s 12-7 win, after dropping the first game in the seventh inning, 2-1. Five Quakers hit over .300 on the day: freshman Hayley Metcalf, junior captain Lauren Li, sophomore Alexis Sargent, senior captain Vanessa Weaver, and senior captain Sydney Turchin. Playing only in game two, Metcalf was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. Li saw action in both games and went 4-for-8, slugging 1.250, driving in four runs, hitting a home run, and totaling 10 bases. Sargent, Weaver, Turchin each hit .333.

Game 1 – Yale (5-9, 2-1 Ivy)
WP: Francesca Casalino (4-2), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

LP: Alexis Borden (6-8), 6.1 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Game 2 – Yale (5-10, 2-2 Ivy)
WP: Lauren Li (4-1), 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

LP: Lindsay Efflandt (1-8), 3.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Scouting Villanova (13-18, 4-5 BIG EAST)
In a pair of nonconference contests on Monday, Villanova split the day with Marist, falling in extra innings in game one, 2-1, and winning game two’s pitching duel, 1-0.

Despite dropping game one, junior pitcher Kate Poppe, having pitched a no-hitter against Creighton last Thursday, only allowed two runs off five hits in 7.2 innings, striking out 10 batters. Power pitching seemed to be the theme of the day as sophomore Brette Lawrence took the circle for game two, giving up no runs on five hits, striking out four.

Common Opponents

Penn Villanova
Maine W, 5-4 (8 inn.) W, 4-3
Bowling Green L, 1-2 (8 inn.); W, 6-5 W, 5-0

Wildcats to Watch
Freshman infielder Brittany Husk – Has started all 31 games and leads team with a .344 batting average … Fifth in the BIG EAST with eight stolen bases … Leads team with three home runs and 48 total bases.

Sophomore infielder Lauren Herschberg – Has started all 31 games and leads team with 34 hits … Batting .327, has second most RBI (14) and leads team with nine doubles … Second on team with 43 total bases.

Sophomore pitcher Brette Lawrence – Leads the BIG EAST with a 1.56 ERA … Holds the best record for a Villanova pitcher (7-4) and has thrown five shutouts … Has pitched a career high 71.2 innings and hurled 60 strikeouts 60 batters.

The Series with Villanova
Villanova leads, 40-21-2

First Meeting: The Quakers defeated the Wildcats in 1975, 19-8
Last Meeting:
April 29, 2014 – Villanova defeated Penn, 4-0

Last Penn Win: March 23, 2012 - The Quakers defeated the Wildcats at home, 3-1
Villanova is currently on a four-game win streak against Penn.

4/29/2014 at Villanova L, 4-0
4/1/2013 VILLANOVA L, 9-0 (5 inn.)
3/2/2013 vs. Villanova L, 7-1
3/25/2012 VILLANOVA L, 3-2

Borden vs. Poppe
Both Penn and Villanova have been led by standout pitchers senior Alexis Borden and junior Kate Poppe, respectively. Here’s a look at a few of their career stats.

Borden 3.00 58 72 617 595
Poppe 2.42 37 52 566.2 673