PHILADELPHIA – Before entering the weekend which will determine the University of Pennsylvania softball team's fate, the Quakers will square off with Monmouth for a midweek battle at the MU Softball Park at 3:30 p.m. This will be the second to last nonconference matchup for the Red and Blue, as they are slated to face Big 5 rival Villanova next week.
Last Time Out
This past weekend the Quakers won their second South Division series, this time over Princeton, 3-1. Penn (15-17, 10-5 Ivy) took a two game lead on Saturday with an 11-1 win in 6 innings and a 4-3 game two victory. On Sunday, the two teams split with the Quakers winning the first game, 6-2, and the Tigers winning the second, 9-6. The series win over Princeton has put the Red and Blue 2.5 games ahead of Columbia in the South Division standings.
Freshman Leah Allen hit her 10th and 11th home runs of the season on Saturday, breaking the single-season record of 10.
Princeton Four-Game Series Pitching Stats
WP: Alexis Borden (7-8), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
LP: Shanna Christian (5-10), 5.0 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
WP: Alexis Sargent (6-4), 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Save: Alexis Borden (1), 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
LP: Meredith Brown (1-4), 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
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
WP: Erica Nori (8-6), 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
LP: Alexis Sargent (6-5), 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Scouting Monmouth (14-17 overall, 6-6 MAAC)
Monmouth squared off with Quinnipiac for a conference doubleheader on Sunday, splitting the day. The Hawks took game one, 14-4 in 5 innings, but fell to the Bobcats 6-5 in walk-off fashion.
The Hawks opened game one by scoring 10 runs, forcing a pitching change before all the runs came in. With the eight-run rule in mind, Monmouth put the game further out of reach by adding four more in the top of the fourth. Quinnipiac started to chip away at the lead, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Hawk pitcher Sydney Underhill reentered for the final out and ended the game early.
Just like in game one, Monmouth was first to score. This time, the Hawks could only bring two home. The Bobcats tied the score after the second inning, 2-2, but Monmouth broke the tie in the fourth inning, scoring two more and added another in the fifth for the 5-2 lead.
However, Quinnipiac wasn’t out of it yet. Bobcat Nikki Barbra led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a home run to left, cutting the lead down to 5-3 and giving her teammates the spark they needed. Quinnipiac scored three more runs, scoring the sixth on a walk-off double to left center.
Hawks to watch:
Sophomore Catcher Jill Freese – Leads Monmouth in home runs with 4 ... Has most RBI with 20 and is second on the team in on base percentage (.407) ... Holds highest slugging percentage on team (.579) and batting average (.329).
Junior Second Baseman Kayleena Flores - Has appeared and started in all but one game this season … Most triples on team with four … Second best slugging percentage at .456 … Against Quinnipiac, went 3-for-7 with a double, triple, four RBI and one run scored.
Freshman Left-Handed Pitcher Sydney Underhill – (11-11) Has pitched 13 complete games, recording two shutouts … Has appeared in all 31 games and started 22 … Pitched 145.1 innings so far this season and has best ERA on team 3.66 … Took both decisions in the circle against Quinnipiac, allowing two hits in 3.1 innings pitched of game one.