Ivy League Weekly Release
PHILADELPHIA - Alexis Borden threw 21 innings against Princeton this past weekend in three complete game victories. Today, it was announced that she took home her third Rookie of the Week honor. The freshman also has an Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honor to her name, giving her four weekly Ivy honors this season.
Starting game one against Princeton on Saturday, Borden allowed just five hits over her first seven innings. In the fourth inning, she escaped a first and third with nobody out, while also getting through a second and third situation in the sixth to send the game to seventh, tied 0-0. Penn would score eight in the top of the seventh and she would shut down the Tigers in the bottom half to pick up her league-leading sixth shutout of the year.
The Quakers went back to Borden in game one on Sunday. Princeton scored once in the first inning of Sunday's opening game, but would not score again. From the third through seventh innings of that game, Borden allowed just one hit to finish off the 4-1 victory. She allowed just six hits total while striking out nine in this outing.
With Borden rolling to finish game one, the Quakers sent her back out again to start game two. Just like the first game on Sunday, Princeton scratched across a first inning run, but would be completely neutralized after that. Starting a streak with two strikeouts to end the first, Borden retired 17 of 18 hitters from that time through the end of the sixth. The only runner to reach during that span came on a strikeout and wild pitch. In this game, she conceded just four hits, only one of which came after the first inning. She struck out nine and did not walk a batter.
She finished the week with a perfect 3-0 record to go along with a 0.67 ERA. She allowed just 15 hits and two runs over the course of her 21 innings. Two doubles were the only extra base hits of the weekend for the Tigers. She also struck out 21 batters in the series, with 17 of those coming on Sunday. For the year, Borden is 15-4 with a 1.30 ERA. She leads the league in wins, ERA, shutouts (6), complete games (16), and innings pitched (129). She has also struck out 135 batters, the second-most in the league.
In addition to Borden, Jessica Melendez was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll for her contributions at the plate. The junior hit batted .438 this weekend with seven hits. She had a hit in every game and drove in a run during each of Penn's three victories. She also homered twice this weekend to finish with a slugging percentage of .813. Her seven home runs this season have her tied for the league lead and currently are the fifth-most in a single season at Penn.
The Quakers will be back in action this Wednesday night for a single game under the lights starting at 6 p.m. against Drexel. This weekend, first place in the South Division will be on the line as defending division champion Cornell comes to Penn Park this Saturday and Sunday.