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PHILADELPHIA - After splitting the home opener against Saint Joseph's on Wednesday, softball will be on the road this Saturday at Temple. This doubleheader gets underway at 1 p.m. Penn (9-6) is off to the team's best start since the 2008 season, while Temple (9-8) comes into this weekend riding a four-game winning streak.
Playing low-scoring games in the early portion of the season, the Quakers have relied heavily and its pitching rotation for the early success. Reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week Alexis Borden (5-1, 1.13 ERA) has thrown a complete game in each of her last four starts, including three shutouts during that span. She has allowed just one earned run in her last 37.2 innings pitched. Mikenzie Voves (2-2, 1.87 ERA) has started six games for Penn this season. She has thrown three complete games. She and Borden each have one save this season.
With so many complete games from Voves and Borden, the innings have been limited but Lindsay Mann and Jen Retzer have each picked up victories in the early going. Mann (1-0, 2.50 ERA) comes into the weekend having pitched fourteen innings in four appearances, winning her only start. She has allowed just one extra base hit this year. Retzer also has one win in the circle during her four appearances. She has thrown 11.2 innings and picked up her first career win against South Dakota, pitching 6.2 innings and allowing just one earned run.
Sydney Turchin has been the one to get things going offensively at the top of the order. Her .491 on-base percentage is third-best in the Ivy League. She is batting .372 and has drawn a league-best 10 walks, while scoring eight runs. Kayla Dahlerbruch is second on the team in batting with a .318 average. She is the only player to have started every game for Penn and has driven in five runs this season.
Samantha Erosa and Stephanie Caso are each getting on base at clips in the .320 range. Erosa is batting .258 and has scored six runs in the early going. Caso has knocked in five runs this season and has worked five walks at the plate. Elysse Gorney has played in every game for Penn, starting 12. She has scored six runs and leads the Ivy League in stolen bases with a perfect six-for-six success rate.
In the outfield, Brooke Coloma, Jessica Melendez and Kristen Johnson have each started at least 12 games, with Coloma starting 13. Combined, these three have driven in nine runs between them, while each has one extra base hit. Georgia Guttadauro, nine starts, and Karina Rios, 13 games and seven starts, have each seen significant playing time as well. Guttadauro has driven in three runs, while Rios has two doubles in the early part of the season.
Coming off the bench, Vanessa Weaver has two hits in her six at-bats, while Laura Placentra has two hits as well, batting .286. Bridget Ellsworth and Justine Payne each have 2 RBI's and one double. Jessica Arneson has received half of the starts at catcher. She has recorded three sacrifice bunts, tied for the most in the league. Battling back from injury, Meg Krasne is the only player that has not seen any game action this season.
For Temple, Meaghan Marley and Brooklin White are each hitting .318 to lead the team. Lacey McKeon has scored seven runs, while Rachel Knable has knocked in seven. Brooklin White (4-3, 2.38 ERA) has started eight games for Temple, pitching 50 innings. Capri Catalano (2-4, 3.22 ERA) and Jessica Mahoney (2-1, 2.27 ERA) have also seen time in the circle.
Penn has not played Temple since the 2009 season. The Owls won both games of the doubleheader at Penn that year and have won the past five meetings between the two schools.
Fans wanting to follow along can watch the game through live stats. A live blog will also become active before the game starts.