PHILADELPHA – The Penn softball team (10-10) completed its sweep of the Patriot League with Saturday’s doubleheader against Holy Cross (6-10), something it hadn’t done since the 1993 season when the Quakers defeated Lafayette twice. The Red and Blue are riding high on a six-game win streak heading into their final warm up game on March 26 against La Salle before their much anticipated matchup against Harvard at Penn Park for a doubleheader on March 29.
WP: Alexis Borden (5-6), 7 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 12 K
LP: Gennifer Durham (4-3), 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 K
Borden was the star of Game 1 as the sophomore stud came inches away from her third career no-hitter as she was nearly flawless until the top of the seventh to lead Penn to a 5-1 victory. She finished the game with 12 strikeouts, tying her career high, and giving herself 268 for her career – she is now tied atop the record books for the most career strikeouts by a Penn pitcher, and needs just one more to become the all-time leader as just a sophomore. She also earned her 29th career win and needs just three more to become Penn’s all-time leader.
The Red and Blue got the scoring started in the bottom of the second when Georgia Guttadauro (1-for-2, R, 2 RBI, HR, BB) extended her hitting streak to four games with a two-run blast to deep centerfield, her first of the season.
The scoring continued for Penn in the bottom of the fifth inning. Elysse Gorney (1-for-4, R) started it off with a single up the middle and Stephanie Caso (1-for-3, R) followed that up with the same. With runners on first and second, Samantha Erosa (2-for-3, R, 2 RBI) hit a shot over the Holy Cross centerfielder’s head, scoring two runs with her fourth double of the season. Brooke Coloma (1-for-3, RBI) was at the plate next and finished the scoring in Game 1 for Penn with another RBI double, this time to deep left-center.
WP: Lauren Li (3-0), 5 IP, 7 H, 3 K
LP: Julia Barrett (2-5), 3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, BB
Lauren Li continued the pitching prowess for the Quakers in Game 2 as the rookie earned her third career victory in the complete game shutout. Li struck out three and allowed no walks over five innings pitched in the 8-0 win. She was also helped out offensively as Penn scored at least one run in every inning of the second game.
The Quakers could not wait to swing the bat in this one as they exploded for five runs in the bottom of the first. Sydney Turchin (2-for-3, 2 R) led off the inning with a single up the middle for Penn and two batters later, Erosa (1-for-1, R) was hit by a pitch. Guttadauro (1-for-2, R, RBI, BB) approached the plate swinging a hot bat, and extended her hitting streak to five games with an RBI single. Later inning the inning with the bases loaded, Kayle Dahlerbruch (1-for-1, R, RBI, 2 HBP) was hit by a pitch and forced in another run. With Penn ahead, 2-0, Jessica Melendez (1-for-3, 3 RBI) would come through with a double to right-center, scoring three runs and bringing the Quaker total to five.
In the bottom of the second, Penn would score another run with a little bit of trickery. For the second time this season, Coloma would steal second with Turchin on third, who would then score on the throw. The Quakers would score another run in the bottom of the third when Korinne Raby (1-for-1, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, SF, BB) smacked her Ivy League-leading fifth home run of the season to deep centerfield.
With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth and Penn looking for that crucial eighth run to clinch the shortened game, Raby approached the plate. The freshman did what was necessary with a sacrifice fly ball to left, scoring Gorney (1-for-3, R) on the play. Li would return to the circle for her fifth inning of work, giving up one hit and no runs to seal the sweep for the Quakers.
Penn will be back on the field on March 26 when they travel to La Salle for some Big 5 action. The Red and Blue will return to Penn Park on March 29 and 30 for their first Ivy League competition of the season. The Crimson will be in Philadelphia for the first doubleheader on the 29th and Dartmouth for the same on the following day. Live stats and live radio will be available for Penn’s first Ivy weekend and make sure to follow @UPennSoftball for live in-game updates and conversation the whole weekend as well.