PHILADELPHIA - Coming off a pair of victories in the opening weekend of the Ivy League play, Penn will makes its first Ivy road trip of the season as the team heads to Yale and Brown this weekend for two more doubleheaders. The Quakers (10-12-1, 2-2 Ivy) will open the weekend slate against Yale (7-15, 1-3 Ivy) on Friday at 2 p.m. The team will then face Brown (7-10-1, 2-2 Ivy) on Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
Yale has proven to have a very balanced attack in the early part of the season during a very difficult non-conference schedule. Five regulars in the Bulldog lineup are hitting above .300, led by Senior Katie Yanagisawa who is batting .357 on the year. Jennifer Ong has also added three home runs on the season while being tied for the team lead in RBI's with 13. As a whole, Yale has a team batting average of .288 which is the second best in the Ivy League.
In the circle, Chelsea Dunham and Kristen Leung, both freshman, have ERA's in the threes. Dunham has pitched a team high 76 innings to date, while maintaining a 3.68 ERA with five victories. Leung is currently 2-1 on the season with a 3.75 ERA.
For Brown, Stephanie Thompson leads the offensive attack. She is batting .557 through 18 games. Three other players also have batting averages over .300. As a team, the Bears are hitting .278, which is fourth best in the Ivy League. They also rank third in the Ivies in slugging and on base percentage and second in home runs. Thompson has 10 home runs for the team, which is a league best.
Kristie Chin has pitched 81.1 of the team's 121.2 innings this season. She is 5-6 on the year with an ERA of 3.36. Trish Melvin is 2-3 through her first seven starts for the Bears this season. Brown owns the fourth best pitching ERA in the Ivy League.
After the comeback wins over Dartmouth, Penn was in action Wednesday night at Warren Field in a mid-week cross-town rivalry game against Villanova. In game one, Penn jumped out to the early 5-1 lead, but could not hold that lead and fell 7-5. In the night cap, Penn jumped out to the early 2-0 lead, but Villanova managed to knot the score at two before it would eventually end in a tie with darkness setting in.
Penn comes into this weekend's games with the highest on base percentage in the Ivy League. The Quakers are also second in the league in slugging and third in batting average. Alisha Prystowsky is currently fourth in the Ivies in on base percentage and third in runs scored. Prystowsky and Elysse Gorney are also second and third in the league in triples.
Four regulars are currently batting over .300 on the season for Penn. Leading the way is Prystowsky with her .365 average. Gorney is second on the team in hitting with a .344 average. Kayla Dahlerbruch and Brooke Coloma are currently batting .333 and .324 respectively. Kristen Johnson is also batting .435 splitting time in the outfield. She has also homered in two consecutive games.
In the circle, Mikenzie Voves is currently tied for third in the Ivy League in victories with six. She also has a team-best 4.03 ERA. Taylor Tieman and Cailyn Hennessy have also been coming on strong lately. Hennessy pitched eight innings over the two games against Villanova and allowed just two runs over that period. In Tieman's last outing, she pitched seven innings in relief against Dartmouth, allowing just one run and picking up the victory as Penn came back in its final at bats.
Yale and Brown are both in the North Division of the Ivy League, while Penn is in the south. This weekend will mark Penn's final regular season games against the North Division teams in the Ivy League. After the first weekend of Ivy play, Penn is in a second place tie with Princeton in the South Division, just one game behind Cornell. A year ago, Penn started out the Ivy League Schedule hosting Yale and Brown. The Quakers managed to sweep both doubleheaders in the 2010 season and will be looking for a similar result this year.