PHILADELPHIA - The 2012 season saw softball break its program record for both overall and Ivy League victories, reaching the 30-win plateau for the first team in team history as Penn racked up a 33-17 record, including a 15-5 mark during the Ivy League regular season in addition to the South Division Playoff win. At the end of the year, eight different players were honored on the All-Ivy team for their parts in the record-breaking season.
Offensively, the Quakers scored 213 runs over their 50-game schedule which was the highest rate among any team in the Ivy League. Penn also led the Ivy League in on-base percentage and finished second in batting average and third in slugging percentage. The third-best fielding percentage in the Ivy League also helped the Quakers post the second-best team ERA in the league.
Several individuals also broke into the record books this past season. At the top of the batting order, Sydney Turchin finished with 158 at-bats, the second-most in a single-season at Penn. She scored a league-best 39 runs, stole 12 bases and walked 22 times, each was the third-most in a season at Penn. Her 52 hits during that time were the sixth-most in team history for one year. Elysse Gorney finished the year with 152 at-bats, the fourth-most in a season at Penn. Her 11 stolen bases were the fifth-best total in program history while her 47 hits rank her ninth on the single-season list at Penn. The sophomore also scored 29 runs, which was the eighth-most in a single year at Penn.
Kayla Dahlerbruch finished with the eighth-most at-bats in a single season at Penn with 144. Her six home runs and 29 RBI were both the seventh-highest marks on the single-season record book at Penn. Additionally, she worked 21 walks which was the sixth-best single-season mark at Penn. Brooke Coloma led the team with 34 RBI, the fourth-best single-season mark at Penn and also belted six home runs. She also finished top 10 in a single season at Penn with 19 walks. Just outside of the top 10 in walks was Stephanie Caso with 18. Jessica Melendez finished the year with 27 RBI and a team-high eight home runs. Her home run total was the fourth-best single-season mark while her RBI total is just outside the top 10.
In the circle, freshman Alexis Borden posted one of the best seasons in the circle in Penn history. She finished the season with 24 wins and 193 strikeouts, both of which set new program highs. She pitched a total 196.2 innings, which ranks her second on the all-time single-season list, just 4.2 innings away from the single-season record set in 2002. Her 27 starts and 25 complete games also rank third on the single-season list at Penn. She also threw the first ever recorded perfect game in Penn history in the South Division Playoff with Cornell.
The future also looks bright as the team graduates just two seniors from the current year's squad. All eight of Penn's All-Ivy performers were juniors or younger in 2012. In the upcoming 2013 season, the Quakers will begin their second season at Penn Park where the team recorded an 18-3 mark in its first season of play.