Penn Softball Game Notes
PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team (29-18, 16-4 Ivy) began its day with an outstanding performance from pitcher Alexis Borden for the Game 1 victory – the sophomore tossed a one-hit shutout – but finished the afternoon with a Day 1 Ivy League Championship Series split with Dartmouth (26-19, 15-5). The Big Green got to Borden for four earned runs to take the second half of the twin bill, 6-2. Penn will now face Dartmouth for a winner-take-all Game 3 at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Penn Park.
WP: Alexis Borden (16-10), 7 IP, H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K
LP: Kristen Rumley (22-8), 6 IP, 4 H, R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K
It was a story of two top-notch Ivy hurlers in Game 1 of the ILCS. The game finished with a combined five hits, 16 strikeouts, and an outstanding zero earned runs. Borden started out the game on a mission, striking out the first three Dartmouth batters swinging in the top of the first and continued her success throughout the rest of the contest. The Quakers would get on the board in bottom of the second inning, scoring one run – thanks to Borden, that’s all they would need.
Brooke Coloma led off the inning and reached safely courtesy of a fielding error by the Dartmouth shortstop. Kayla Dahlerbruch would move her over in the next at-bat, reaching safely on a single to center. Coloma would then steal her 18th base of the season, advancing to third – Dahlerbruch would advance to second on the throw. With one out and two runners in scoring position, the Big Green’s Kristen Rumley bounced a pitch that would get away from her catcher. Coloma saw a window and attempted to score from third, but got caught in a rundown when the Dartmouth catcher recovered – she would get thrown out at third, but Dahlerbruch would reach third safely on the play. With two outs and a runner at third, Georgia Guttadauro slapped a single to left for the only run of the game.
That would be all Borden needed as the sophomore finished the game with an astounding 11 strikeouts. She would seal the deal in the top of the seventh with another couple of strikeouts, cementing the victory for her 16th of the season.
WP: Kristen Rumley (22-8), 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K
LP: Alexis Borden (16-10), 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
There was much more offense in the nightcap on Saturday, ending in a Game 2 victory by the Big Green courtesy of a huge bottom half of the sixth inning. Things got started with a very convoluted situation at third base in the bottom of the first inning.
With Dartmouth runners on first and second with two outs, Borden would be charged with a wild pitch, advancing them to second and third. On the same play, Jessica Arneson had a shot to get the runner out at third, and threw to Dahlerbruch, but the runner was called safe. The ball would then get away from Dahlerbruch, who would recover and throw the runner out trying to score, or so it appeared. The home plate umpire would call obstruction on Dahlerbruch, meaning that, in the process of chasing the ball that had gotten away from her at third she obstructed the Dartmouth runner’s path to home plate. The Big Green runners were each awarded a free base on the call, scoring one run and charging an error to the Penn third baseman.
Dartmouth would score again to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. With two outs and a runner on first, the Big Green shortstop would double up the middle. That gave the runner on first enough time to scoot around the bases and score the run.
Penn would not go quietly though, and would even things up quickly in the next half inning. Dahlerbruch led off with a single up the middle. Leslie King then made the call to her bench, subbing in Kanani Datan as the pinch runner. It would be fruitless though, as Jessica Melendez was the next to step into the batter’s box for the Quakers. The senior took Rumley deep to left-center for the two-run homer to knot things up at two apiece.
Things would stay relatively quiet until the bottom of the sixth where Dartmouth would take a four-run lead that it would not relinquish. With two on and no outs for the Big Green, its rightfielder would smack a three-run bomb to left-center to take the 5-2 lead. Borden would strike out the next batter, but then surrender another Dartmouth solo shot. Trailing 6-2, King would make the change in the circle, subbing Lauren Li into the game. The freshman would get two groundouts to end the inning, but the damage had already been done.
The Red and Blue would not recover in the next half inning, sealing their fate as well as guaranteeing another day of play in the ILCS. Borden was charged with her 10th loss of the season, but will most likely get a chance to avenge that defeat in tomorrow’s Game 3.
The action is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Penn Park tomorrow afternoon. Live stats and live video will be available at IvyLeagueSports.com. Also, make sure to follow @UPennSoftball for live in-game updates and conversation during the contest. Penn will look to continue a streak that has existed since the institution of the ILCS and division play, which is that the home team has never lost the title.