Softball to Play Two at Monmouth

PHILADELPHIA - Coming off a strong outing against Saint Joseph's on Wednesday, the Penn softball team will hit the road to Monmouth University, Saturday, for a nonconference doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

Against Saint Joseph's, Penn outscored the Hawks, 7-2, over two games, but underwent a 1-0 defeat in game one with sophomore hurler Cailyn Hennessy taking the tough loss in the pitcher's duel. However, the Red and Blue got the bats going in the nightcap, slugging 13 hits in the 7-1 victory. Pitcher Chelsea Ott earned the win in the circle, as sophomore Justine Payne belted her first career home run and Keiko Uraguchi, junior Alisha Prystowsky, and freshman Jess Arneson all had multi-hit games.

With a 3-6 record, the Quakers own an impressive .301 team batting average, with nine players hitting above .300. Leading the way is Prystowsky's .407 average, including four doubles and three RBI. Uraguchi (.393, 11 hits, 3 RBI), Brooke Coloma (.391, 5 runs), Hilary Sheridan (.385), Payne (.353, 7 RBI), Arneson (.333), Elora Daniele (.333), Susan Miller (.308), and Stephanie Caso (.300) have all been consistent powers offensively, as the Red and Blue have outhit their opponents 75-72.

On the mound, Ott (2-1) has been solid with a 1.73 ERA, 12 strikeouts, and two complete games under her belt. Seeing time as both a starter and reliever, Hennessy (1-3) owns a 2.16 ERA with eight strikeouts in six appearances.

Monmouth (1-7) spent its spring training trip at the Texas A&M Invitational, in which the Hawks won its first game but dropped the final seven. The twin bill this weekend will be the first northern games of the season for MU.