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PHILADELPHIA - Following back-to-back splits against city schools, softball travels to Lehigh - the alma mater of assistant coach Lisa Sweeney - for a doubleheader this Wednesday beginning at 2:30 p.m. Penn (10-7) has split each of its last three playing days. Lehigh (9-11) last played in the Radford Invitational where the Mountain Hawks won one of their four games.
Another strong pitching performance lifted Penn to its most recent victory against Temple this past weekend. Two-time reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week Alexis Borden (6-1, 1.23 ERA) has now thrown a complete game in each of her past five starts. In her most recent outing, she went eight innings, allowing just six hits and four runs (two earned), while striking out 10. She has won each of her last five starts and also saved a game during that stretch in relief.
Lindsay Mann (1-0, 2.33 ERA) started the second game against Temple last weekend. She went four innings and allowed just one earned run during her start. Two of her five appearances this season have come in starts. Mikenzie Voves (2-2, 1.85 ERA) came on to get the final out at Temple. She has started six games this season, striking out 24 in 34 innings, while also earning one save in relief. Jen Retzer has pitched in five games, starting three. She has thrown 13.1 innings and picked up her first victory during the Rebel Spring Games.
Sydney Turchin continues to be the spark at the top of the Penn lineup. She still ranks third in the Ivy League in on-base percentage (.484). She is batting .373 and has played in all 17 games, starting 16. Turchin has scored 10 runs, second best in the league, while drawing a league-best 10 walks. Kayla Dahlerbruch provided the power in Penn's lineup last two games with three home runs, which was more than she had all last season. She is batting .346 and has knocked in 11 runs, second-best in the Ivies. She is also tied for the league lead in total bases with 29.
Brooke Coloma is second on the team with six runs batted in. She is batting .250 in the early going and getting on base at a .306 clip. Elysse Gorney has scored eight runs this year near the top of the order. She also has two doubles to go along with a perfect six-for-six stolen base success rate. Samantha Erosa is third on the team in batting with a .281 average. She has a .378 on-base percentage and has added seven runs.
The Quakers have shown remarkable discipline at the plate and have drawn a league-high 48 walks as a team. Four players have worked at least five walks. With her five walks, Jessica Melendez brings an on-base percentage of .357 into Wednesday. She has scored and driven in two runs. Another play with fire walks, Stephanie Caso has started all but one game this season. She has 5 RBI's and has scored once.
Karina Rios has scored three runs and driven in two. She is also tied for the team lead in doubles with two. Kristen Johnson and Georgia Guttadauro have each scored one run this season. Each has one double, while Guttadauro has also knocked in three runs.
Coming off the bench, Vanessa Weaver is batting .333 in six at-bats, while Laura Placentra also has two hits this season. Bridget Ellsworth and Jessica Arneson each have three hits to date with two RBI's each. Ellsworth has also scored five runs, while Arneson is tied for the league lead with four sacrifice bunts. Justine Payne has two RBI's and one double, while working two walks. Fellow senior Meg Krasne has yet to see any game action.
Five players for Lehigh are batting at least .324. Leading the way is Jennifer Colquhoun. She is hitting .426. She has already hit five home runs and knocked 16 runs, all team highs. Julie Fernandez is batting .400. She has hit three home runs, while driving in 15 runs. In the circle, Emily Bausher (5-5, 1.56 ERA) has thrown a team-high 58.1 innings this season. Opponents are hitting just .163 against her. Rebecca Bliss has pitched 46 innings. She has an ERA of 3.35 this year.
Last season, the two squads split the doubleheader that was played at Penn. The Quakers took the first game with a 4-2 victory, but Lehigh salvaged a split with a win in the second game.
After the mid-week non-conference game, Penn will return to its home field to host its Spring Invitational Tournament. During the course of the two day tournament, Penn will play a total of four games.