Ivy League Weekly Release
PHILADELPHIA - Freshman pitcher Alexis Borden has named Ivy League Rookie of the Week following several dominant performances inside the circle. With the awards week coinciding with the start of the Rebel Spring Games, Borden racked up three complete game victories, including two shutouts, and one save, helping Penn to go 7-1 during the past week.
Borden started out the week with her first career shutout against Indiana State. In that game, Borden went the full seven innings, striking out eight hitters. She allowed just four hits, all singles, and one walk during that game, propelling Penn to a 2-0 victory. The following day, she picked up her first collegiate save, pitching two scoreless innings against Detroit. In that game, Borden inherited two runners with nobody out in the sixth inning, but escaped her first inning of work without allowing a runner to cross the plate. In the seventh, only one unearned run crossed the plate as Penn held on for the 2-1 win.
In her second start of the week, Borden threw another complete game shutout, this time against South Dakota. Penn would scratch across one run in that game for the 1-0 victory. Against the Coyotes, she allowed just five hits, while walking one. She struck out 11 batters total, including nine in the first four innings, on the way to picking up her second victory of the week.
In her final start at the Rebel Spring Games, Borden went six full innings in the run-rule shortened complete game effort. She conceded just four hits in the game. The only earned run she allowed during the week was a bases loaded hit by pitch with the count 1-2. This broke her string of 25.1 innings without allowing an earned run that spanned back to the UCF Invitational. However, that would be the only run she gave up in Penn's 9-1 victory.
For the week, Borden was a perfect 3-0 with one save. She pitched 22 innings, allowing just 13 hits and six walks, while striking out 27 in the process. Batters hit just .167 off of the freshman last week. All of those hits were singles with the exception of two doubles.
At the Rebel Spring Games, the Quakers' four pitchers all picked up victories, while as a staff they had a combined ERA of 1.15.
Penn will be back in action this Wednesday for the Penn Park opener against Saint Joseph's with the first game of the doubleheader starting at 2:30. Penn will also travel to Temple this Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.