PHILADELPHIA – The chances to play in the Ivy League Championship series all come down to this weekend, and the University of Pennsylvania softball team enters the Columbia series 2.5 games ahead of the Lions in the South Division. Home-and-home doubleheaders are set for this weekend with the two teams first playing on Friday at 2 p.m. at Penn Park and then on Saturday at the Columbia Softball Stadium at 12:30 p.m. Splitting the series with the Lions should be all the Quakers will need to remain on top, but three will seal the deal. If the Red and Blue take the series, it will be Penn’s third year in a row as the Ivy League South Division Champion.
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Last Time Out
Penn dropped a single nonconference game to Monmouth on Wednesday afternoon at the MU Softball Field, 4-2, and just like last week against Drexel, 17 of the 21 Quakers saw playing time. Three different pitchers took the circle for the Red and Blue.
The Hawks were first to score, knocking three runs home in the bottom of the first. Penn responded in the second, after a double by sophomore Korinne Raby advanced senior Kayla Dahlerbruch home, but ended the inning with three left on the bags, in what was the best scoring opportunity of the game.
Monmouth tacked on an additional insurance run in the bottom of the second for another three run lead, 4-1.
In the top of the fourth, freshman Vera Barnwell came across home, after a throw from first to third went awry, but it was the last run either team scored.
Freshman Alexis Sargent was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate in the loss.
Scouting Columbia (21-19, 8-8 Ivy)
Last weekend, the Lions took a crucial series win over Cornell with three wins. The Lions swept the Big Red on day one by scores of 4-3 and 10-4. The two teams split the second day, with Cornell winning game one 6-3 and Columbia winning the second 10-1, in five innings. The Lions recorded 15 hits.
Lions to watch:
Freshman Alyssa Rodia – Named this weeks Ivy Play of the Week and Rookie of the Week after helping the Lions go 5-1 last week … She hit .526 (10-for-19) and added three home runs, nine RBI and 8 runs scored … Is tied for most home runs on team with six.
It’s the magic number that will decide whether Penn will advance to the Ivy League Championship Series with the winner of the North, or it most likely will be. Pending games with Harvard for Cornell and Penn could possibly be the ultimate deciding factor, but three wins over Columbia would secure the South Division title.
Cornell still has yet to play Harvard this season, and Penn’s second game with the Crimson was halted due to darkness. The score was tied 8-8 at the end of the sixth.
If the Quakers and Lions split the series, Penn would be 12-7 and Columbia would be 10-10.
Another factor that comes into play will be the other games in the South Division. At the very least, Penn needs Cornell and Princeton to split this weekend.