Cornell Live Stats
ITHACA, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania softball team (22-16, 11-3 Ivy) poured on the offense on Saturday afternoon in central New York, totaling 22 runs during a doubleheader split with Cornell (17-21, 7-7). The Quakers run-ruled the Big Red in the early contest, scoring 13 runs in just five innings for the quick ending. In the nightcap, Cornell was able to match Penn’s offense when it counted, scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Quakers 10-9.
WP: Alexis Borden (12-8), 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
LP: Meg Parker (2-6), 4.2 IP, 7 H, 10 R (9 ER), 6 BB
Things got off to a slow start in Game 1 as neither team managed a run in the first two innings. But once the third began, the Red and Blue staked their claim to the scoreboard, putting up a six-spot that would never be answered.
Stephanie Caso led off the inning and would reach safely after drawing the walk. The speedster, Sydney Turchin, would follow with the top of the order for Penn next and reach on a bunt single. Elysse Gorney approached the plate next and hit a shot up the middle for an RBI-single.
Then, just two batters later, Kayla Dahlerbruch would step into the box with the bases juiced and one out. The junior thirdbaseman would take the Cornell pitcher to the deepest part of the field for a grand slam, blowing the game wide open for the 5-0 Penn lead. The Quakers would bat around, bringing Caso up with two outs and runners on first and second. The senior shortstop slapped a single to left to score Karina Rios for the final run of the inning.
Penn would finish the job in the top of the fifth inning, putting up seven more runs to complete its Game 1 romp of the Big Red. None of the action in the inning would occur until there were already two outs. Jessica Arneson would be the first to strike, singling home her fellow captain Jessica Melendez from third for the first run of the inning. A few batters later, Turchin smacked a double to center to plate Arneson for another run. After a pitching change, Gorney would begin the insurance scoring for the Quakers. The junior would single through the right side, scoring two more runs to widen the gap to 10-0.
Brooke Coloma would approach the plate later in the inning, and the senior would finally crack the score sheet with an RBI-single up the middle. Once again, Penn would bat around as Melendez came to the plate with runners on first and second. The senior centerfielder hit a shot through the left side for a single, giving both runners on a chance to score on the play to complete the offense for the early game at 13-0.
At the final, Borden had amassed yet another outstanding performance. The sophomore allowed just two hits for the complete-game shutout and her 12th victory of the season.
WP: Alyson Onyon (12-12), 7 IP, 8 H, 9 R (8 ER), 6 BB, 7 K
LP: Alexis Borden (12-8), 1.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, K
The Quakers would fall behind early in the nightcap, as Lauren Li would allow three to score in the top of the first. Cornell began with a one-out double to score one, and then followed that with a two-run home run to right-centerfield.
Penn would claw its way back though, eventually taking a lead it would hold until the seventh. In the top of the third inning the Quakers would find themselves in a two-out situation with runners at first and second. Samantha Erosa put her name on the score sheet for the first time on the afternoon when she singled up the middle for one RBI. The next batter was Coloma and the senior would deliver two more RBIs on with her second triple of the season – she would also score an unearned run following a throwing error on the same play, giving Penn the 4-3 lead.
The Red and Blue would jump out to a 7-3 lead in the top of the fifth, but were matched by Cornell in the home half. After five innings, Penn would nurse a one run lead. The Quakers would get their first run across in a bases-loaded, two out situation when Melendez drew the RBI-walk. Korinne Raby, who had been on a bit of a cold streak since a hot start to her career, would break through for two more runs. The freshman would hit a single through the right side for two more runs to give Penn the four run lead.
Li would start the home half of the inning, and allow two runs on a double. Leslie King would make the pitching change to senior hurler Lindsay Mann. The veteran would get the next three outs but allow one more run to score – charged to Li – to finish the inning with Penn in front 7-6.
Needing to score some insurance runs, the Quakers made a couple more offensive plays in the top of the sixth to score two. With a runner on first, Erosa would clobber her fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot, to deep centerfield to give the Red and Blue the 9-6 lead heading into the seventh.
Unfortunately, much like Princeton in last weekend’s Game 1 Penn victory, the Quakers found themselves on the wrong end of a four-run, walk-off win. Borden entered the game in the bottom of the sixth, getting three outs without allowing the hit and was in line for her second save of the season. The Big Red were unable to touch the Penn sophomore in Game 1, but got to her in the bottom of the seventh in this one. Cornell scored one off a one-out single, bringing the deficit to two. The Big Red would get two more in the following at-bat off another single. They would finish the comeback win with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Penn and Cornell will be back in action for another pair of afternoon games on Sunday. Game 1 is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. and live stats for both contests will be available on Cornell’s athletic website.