PHILADELPHIA – After starting the season on the road in Florida over spring break, the University of Pennsylvania softball team (4-7) will now take on Lehigh (8-10) in a doubleheader at Penn Park on Wednesday starting at 3 p.m. The contest was originally scheduled to be played at Lehigh’s Kaufman Field but was moved to Philadelphia due to unfavorable field conditions. As well as the first game at Penn Park, the Quakers will now play as the home team.
Last Time Out
Last year the Red and Blue swept the Mountain Hawks, winning the first game 8-7 after Elysse Gorney hit a ground rule double over the centerfield wall to seal the victory. In the second game, Alexis Borden earned her fourth victory of the season with a six-hit shutout in the 2-0 win.
Picked as the favorite to win the Patriot League, the Mountain Hawks have gotten off to an 8-10 start after dropping their first five contests. Lehigh currently sits on a four game winning streak, defeating both Hartford and Delaware State twice in the Hornet Invitational. Freshman Mountain Hawk Christine Campbell picked up her second straight Pitcher of the Week award, after throwing 12 scoreless innings and collecting two victories.
Florida Spring Break
During the spring break trip to Florida, Penn recorded four consecutive wins over Colgate (11-1), Seton Hall (6-0), Quinnipiac (10-1), and Providence (8-7).
In the first game of the trip during the UCF Spring Fling, the Quakers found themselves trailing Troy, 4-0. Never giving up, the Red and Blue tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, after Leah Allen rounded the bases on a strike out. Even though the Trojans got the win, Penn pushed the game to 10 innings with junior Alexis Borden pitching the entire game, totaling 15 strikeouts.
After an early 4-0 lead, the Quakers captured their first win against Colgate and ended the game early, 11-1. The Red and Blue went on to win the next three games, with the last against Providence being another come from behind win.
Home Run Hitters
A total of six home runs have been recorded by Penn so far this season.
The first home run of the season was hit by sophomore Lauren Li to start the second inning against Colgate. In the Quakers’ next game against Seton Hall, freshman Leah Allen hit her first collegiate home run and would hit two more in the following two days, one being a game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the fifth against Providence. Fellow freshman Alexis Sargent tacked on her first collegiate home run with a solo shot past right center in the bottom of the sixth against Providence, which would eventually win the game. Junior Sydney Turchin also hit her first career homer in the win over Quinnipiac.
Ivy Co-Player of the Week/Rookie of the Week
Earning her first Ivy honors, freshman Leah Allen was named Co-Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week for her performance during last week’s games in the USF Under Armour Showcase. Allen shares the Player of the Week honor with Dartmouth’s Kelsey Miller.
Allen drove in 10 runs last week and went 8-for-20 with a .950 slugging pct. and currently leads the League in RBIs with 16. She is tied with Darmouth’s Karen Chaw for most home runs (3) and has the second best slugging pct. in the League (.692).