PHILADELPHIA – After a dominant first game by the University of Pennsylvania softball team, Cornell turned the tables on the Quakers and returned the favor. The Red and Blue cruised to a 9-0 victory in game one, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the second and tacking on an insurance run in the bottom of the third. Penn’s celebrations soon died down and Cornell took over the cheering section, scoring seven runs through the first two innings in game two. With two more games to go in the series, the Quakers and Big Red remain in the top two spots in the Ivy South Division standings.
Game 1 – Cornell (12-17, 4-3 Ivy)
WP: Alexis Borden (5-8), 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
LP: Meg Parker (5-7), 1.2 IP, 3 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
The excitement began in the bottom of the second. With two outs and bases loaded, junior tri-captain Sydney Turchin came to the plate. Turchin placed the ball in what seemed to be a routine play at short, but Cornell’s shortstop Chloe Pendergast hesitated and threw for the out at third. Unfortunately for the Big Red, sophomore Lauren Li beat the throw to the bag and freshman Leah Allen scored the first run. And from there, it was hit after hit. Sophomore Kanani Datan recorded two RBI with her single to short and senior tri-captain Elysse Gorney knocked in one more with her single to left field.
And then the power of the Quaker bats unleashed.
Freshman Alexis Sargent cleared the bases with her fifth home run of the season, blasting the ball well out to center field, and extended the lead to 7-0. But the bats didn’t stop there, even after a Cornell pitching change. Allen smashed a second home run out to center field, recording her seventh of the season and taking sole possession of leading the Ivy League in home runs.
The Red and Blue gave the bats a rest, but only for a moment as the Penn defense shut down the Big Red bats in three straight outs.
Turchin knocked in her second RBI of the day on a double to the right center wall, adding an insurance run for the 9-0 lead.
Penn continued its shut down defense, allowing only one hit the rest of the game.
Game 2 – Cornell (13-17, 5-3 Ivy)
WP: Alyson Onyon (6-6), 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
LP: Alexis Sargent (5-4), 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
What was Penn’s victory in the first game was Cornell’s in the second.
The Big Red got things rolling, after Meg Parker hit a shot two homer to give Cornell all the boost it would need to keep the momentum in its favor. One more run was scored in the top of the first and the visitors had the 3-0 lead.
Unable to get the bats going, Cornell was once again at the plate. A lead-off home run paved the way for the Big Red to continue their pressure presence at the plate, scoring four more runs to take a 7-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, junior tri-captain Sydney Turchin saved the Quakers from giving up another home run, reaching over the fence in left field to get the out. However, the Big Red continued to place the ball around the field where the Red and Blue weren’t and scored two more runs for the 9-0 lead.
Down to the bottom of the fifth, Penn loaded the bags but were unable to capitalize on the best scoring chance of the day.
Tomorrow will conclude the first four-game series, when the Quakers and Big Red take the field once again at Penn Park. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m.