PRINCETON, N.J. – On Sunday afternoon, the University of Pennsylvania softball team split the day with Princeton, winning game one, 6-2, and falling in game two, 9-6, at the Class of 1895 Field to take the series, 3-1. In a crucial four-game series, the Quakers have secured a 2.5 game lead in the Ivy’s South Division over Columbia, who is also in the hunt for the South Division crown.
Game 1 – Princeton (14-24, 6-9 Ivy)
WP: Alexis Borden (8-8), 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
LP: Shanna Christian (5-11), 5.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Unlike both games on Saturday, the Red and Blue were first on the board, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the second. With one out and bases loaded, junior tri-captain Vanessa Weaver got the first runner home when she grounded out to Princeton’s second baseman. Right after, junior tri-captain Sydney Turchin doubled to left field and knocked two more runners in for the lead. The Tigers scored one in the home half of the inning and one more in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 3-2, though Princeton’s run in the third would be their last, as the Tigers were only able to get two on base in the final four innings of play.
Penn tacked on three insurance runs, one in each of the next three innings, to secure the 6-2 victory.
With no outs and a runner at first, sophomore Korinne Raby laid down a sac bunt and moved freshman Sydney Kranzmann to second for a better chance to score. Kranzmann didn’t stay at second long as the plan was put into motion on the next at bat, when sophomore Lauren Li singled down the right-field line allowing Kranzmann to score.
The Quakers’ fifth run came in the top of the fifth inning, when senior tri-captain Elysse Gorney hit a bomb out to center field, her second home run of the season, putting the Red and Blue up by a score of 5-2.
Run number six came in when a throwing error by Tiger catcher Maddie Cousens gave Dahlerbruch, who was on third, room to touch home safely.
Dahlerbruch finished the game 3-for-4 and scored two of Penn’s runs, while Li was 2-for-3 and recorded one RBI and one run. Turchin knocked in 2 RBI and went 2-for-4 at the plate.Game 2 – Princeton (15-24, 7-9 Ivy)
WP: Erica Nori (6-7), 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
LP: Alexis Sargent (6-5), 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
The Tigers took a commanding 9-1 lead at the end of the fourth inning and looked to end things early. However, the Quakers weren’t about to give up that easy and scored a run off of a wild pitch by freshman pitcher Erica Nori in the top of the fifth, cutting the lead to 9-2.
Head Coach Leslie King decided to make a pitching change in the bottom of the inning and moved sophomore Lauren Li to the circle, which turned out to be a good decision as Princeton went down in three.
After the Red and Blue put two runners on in the top of the sixth with one out, the Tigers decided it was time for a pitching change. However, the pitching change did not work as smoothly as Penn’s did, and the ruckus for the dugout was continuous as Quaker after Quaker reached base. The Red and Blue wasn’t done yet and didn’t quit, scoring a total of four runs in the inning to come within three, 9-6.
Penn scored its first runs of the inning when junior tri-captain Sydney Turchin singled to left field, knocking in freshman Vera Barnwell and Li, and advanced to second on the throw home. With Turchin at second and junior tri-captain Vanessa Weaver on third, sophomore Kanani Datan belted a double out to center field, moving both runners home safely. The Quakers stopped there as senior Kayla Dahlerbruch flied out to left field and ended the inning with two runners on the bags.
It was another one-two-three lights out for the Red and Blue defense, which quickly made its way back to the dugout for what would be its last at bat.
Junior Jen Retzer led off for Penn, smacking a hard-hit ball to Tiger shortstop Haley Hineman, who was unable to handle it cleanly, which allowed Retzer to reach first. However, it was the lone hit of the inning as the Quakers saw an end to their come back.
Six different Quakers scored the team’s runs. Freshman Leah Allen was 2-for-3 and scored one of the runs for the Red and Blue, while Turchin once again went 2-for-4 at the plate and knocked in 2 RBI. She also scored one of the runs.
Team Stats against Princeton
In the series with the Tigers, freshman Leah Allen was once again one of the leaders for the Red and Blue. Allen finished the series with the most hits (7) and total bases (13), while recording three runs and four RBI. She batted .500 and slugged .929. Allen also hit her 10th and 11th home runs of the season, and now holds the record for most home runs hit by a Quaker in a single season.
Junior tri-captain Sydney Turchin also played a large part in the series win, contributing two doubles and three runs. She was 6-for-14, slugged .571, and recorded the most RBI with six.
Other notable performances include sophomore Kanani Datan, who recorded the second highest amount of RBI of the series with five, and senior tri-captain Elysse Gorney, who hit her second home run of the season in Sunday’s 6-2 win.
Defensively, junior pitcher Alexis Borden added two more wins for a total of eight this season. She threw 12 strikeouts and only allowed two earned runs out of 14.2 innings pitched for an ERA of 0.95.