Penn softball hopes to soak up the sun at home
With their home opener finally here, Quakers look to build off of valuable Florida trip experience
March 18, 2014, 8:09 pm · Updated March 18, 2014, 10:13 pm·
After a spring training trip filled with ups and downs, the Quakers are looking to shine a little Florida sun onto the diamond in their last week of games before Ivy League play begins.
On March 19, Penn (4-7) will take on Lehigh (8-10) in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. at home. Given the inclement weather, the games were moved from Lehigh’s Kaufman field to Penn Park.
Penn’s home opener this season was supposed to take place against Big 5 rival St. Joseph’s but it was snowed out just before spring break.
The Quakers will make the most of the home field advantage as they look to end Lehigh’s four-game winning streak.
In order for the Quakers to pull out a win, heating up their bats will be critical. Lehigh’s pitching has been nothing but strong in the last few weeks, with freshman Christine Campbell and junior Emily Bausher having combined for four shut-outs in the spring season.
Luckily, this might not prove to be too difficult for the Red and Blue: during their four wins over spring break, Penn outscored their opponents, 35-9. In Penn’s biggest victory of training trip over Colgate, nine different players scored runs to beat the Raiders 11-1.
Freshman outfielder Leah Allen led the charge on offense for the Quakers with 10 runs scored. The freshman has been impressive, hitting three home runs while contributing with 16 runs batted in.
While Penn’s freshmen take up a lot of the roster, the upperclassmen have been solid contributors to the team. Junior outfielder Sydney Turchin is batting .342 while fellow-junior Vanessa Weaver and senior Elysse Gorney added seven hits a piece in Penn’s first 11 games.
On the pitching side, junior Alexis Borden once again leads the Red and Blue, pitching to the tune of a 1.99 earned run average in six games during Penn’s season-opening spring break trip.
Borden broke Penn’s record for strikeouts in a career as a sophomore and has already added 49 Ks to that total.
After facing Lehigh, the Quakers will play their doubleheader with St. Joe’s on Sunday.