PHILADELPHIA – Coming off a pair of identical wins to sweep Yale in the Ivy opener, the University of Pennsylvania softball team is set to host Big 5 rival Temple at Penn Park for a midweek single game at 4 p.m. Wednesday’s contest will be the third Big 5 opponent of the season for the Quakers, after already facing Saint Joseph’s and La Salle. With the 3-0 wins over Yale, the Red and Blue have improved to 6-11 overall, 2-0 Ivy.
LAST TIME OUT
After having to endure a washed-out weekend, Penn shined in its Ivy League opener, taking down Yale. The 3-0 victories were the first ever identical shutout scores in an Ivy League doubleheader.
Freshman Alexis Sargent was the catalyst of the day for the Quakers, both with her bat and her arm, as she notched a home run in each game -- her 3rd and 4th of the season, respectively -- and silenced the Bulldogs in the second contest with a complete-game shutout.
Sargent’s performance came after junior Alexis Borden delivered a shutout of her own. Borden was dominant in game one, allowing only three base runners (2 H, 1 BB) while striking out four, and went the distance to give Penn its first Ivy League win of the season.
Pitching stats against Yale
Game 1: Alexis Borden (3-5), 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Game 2: Alexis Sargent (3-2), 7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Team stats against Yale
Game 1: 3 Runs, 7 Hits, 1 Error, 5 LOB, HR, DP, SB
Game 2: 3 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error, 2 LOB, 2 HR, 2B, CS
Scouting the Owls (7-14, 0-3 American)
Temple has played in 11 games so far this season, all being road contests. The Owls played in three tournaments to start the season: the TSU Tiger Classic in Nashville, the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., and the Rebel Spring Games in Winter Haven, Fla.
In Nashville Temple went 2-3 but struggled in the following five matchups in Clearwater, dropping each for a record of 2-8. Bouncing back, the Owls added five wins and three losses.
A home doubleheader with Delaware was rained out before Temple hit the road once again, this time traveling to Texas for the first conference games with Houston. In the three-game series with the Cougars, the Owls dropped the doubleheader by identical scores of 8-0. Houston completed the sweep the next day with an 8-7 win.
Before facing Penn, Temple will travel to Easton, Pa. to play in a doubleheader with Lafayette.
Owls to watch:
Senior shortstop Sarah Prezioso – Leads Owls with a .364 batting average and .636 slugging percentage … Tied for second most RBI (11) … Recorded most hits on the team (24).
Sophomore second baseman Leah Lucas – Holds second best batting average (.317) and slugging percentage (.533) … Has most home runs on the team (4) and RBI (14).
Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Dominik – Currently holds a win-loss record of 4-5 … Leads Temple with a 2.83 ERA … Recorded 28K and 14BB … Holds second best batting average on the team (.333) and third best slugging percentage (.483) … Tied for second most RBI (11).
The Series with Temple
Overall: Temple leads, 17-4-1
First Meeting: The Quakers fell to Owls in 1974, 9-5
Last Meeting: April 24, 2013 - Penn defeated Temple, 11-4
Last Penn Win: Last year
Notables: Last year’s win was Penn’s second win at home.