Softball Hosts Penn for Three-Game Weekend Series

Softball Hosts Penn for Three-Game Weekend Series

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University softball will host the University of Pennsylvania for a three-game series at the Brown Softball Field with a doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 31 beginning at 12:30 p.m. and a single game on Sunday, Apr. 1 at 12:30 p.m.

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LAST TIME OUT
Brown rallied for three runs with two outs in the seventh inning, but Princeton University held on for a 9-8 win at Class of 1895 Field on Wednesday afternoon in the series finale of a three-game set. Trailing 9-5 entering the seventh, the Bears came back with three runs in the top of the frame before the Tigers recorded the final out to take the series after the two teams split a doubleheader on Mar. 24. Brown outscored Princeton 8-1 after the first inning.

SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn brings a 5-14 overall record and 2-4 Ivy League mark into the weekend. In Ivy play, the Quakers went 1-2 against both Columbia and Dartmouth. Penn has lost eight games in extra innings this season. Among players with 30 or more at bats, Tabitha Dyer has hit .304 with three doubles while Lucy Yang has hit .292 with 17 RBIs. In the circle, Mason Spichiger leads the team with a 3.74 ERA. 

TEAM STATS
As a team, Brown enters the weekend second in the Ivy League in batting average (.293), doubles (36), slugging percentage (.433), on-base percentage (.366), and sacrifice flies (seven). The Bears lead the Ancient Eight in triples (eight) and fielding percentage (.967). 

WIMMER DOES IT ALL
Senior pitcher/utility Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) has performed well at both the plate and in the circle for the Bears. At the plate, she has hit .458 with 13 RBIs, six doubles, and four home runs. In the circle, she has registered a 3-2 record with two complete games and posted a 6.00 ERA. Wimmer ranks third in the Ivy League in batting average, second in slugging percentage (.875), second in on-base percentage (.552), and second in home runs. 

IN HER SEITZ
Junior Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) has posted a .392 batting average this season with 10 RBIs, nine doubles, and a home run. She has hit safely in each of her last seven games and in nine of her last 10 contests. Seitz ranks second in the Ivy League in doubles and fourth in slugging percentage (.667). 

SCHMITZ STEPS RIGHT IN
Freshman Anya Schmitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) has stepped in as the Bears' primary starter at second base and has notched a .317 batting average. She has tallied six RBIs and four doubles and is tied for first in the Ivy League with six sacrifice bunts. 

OKIMOTO LEADING OFF
Out of the leadoff spot, sophomore Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) has recorded a .273 batting average, 12 runs, and seven RBIs. She ranks fifth in the Ivy League in runs. 

IN THE CIRCLE
The Bears have turned to a quartet of arms in the circle this season, including sophomore Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) who has posted a 4.13 ERA over 40.2 innings. Junior Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) has gone 3-2 with two complete games, and freshman Grace Ladd (Boulder, Colo.) has posted two wins with a 2.57 ERA. Senior Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) has thrown a team-high 41.1 innings. 

SCHMITZ WINS IVY ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Anya Schmitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) gained Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Feb. 26 after earning All-Tournament Team accolades at the Hatter Invitational. Schmitz registered a .500 batting average (8-for-16) with five runs, two sacrifice hits, an RBI, and a stolen base on the week. 

COMING SOON
After finishing out its three-game series with Penn, Brown plays in a three-game set at Cornell with a doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 7 starting at 12:30 p.m. and a single game on Sunday, Apr. 8 at 12:30 p.m.