Ivy League Weekly Release
PHILADELPHIA - For the second consecutive week, Alexis Borden has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week following two more outstanding performances in the circle. This past week, Borden started two games, pitching complete game victories in both. She becomes the first Penn player to earn back-to-back Rookie of the Week honors since Brooke Coloma won consecutive honors during her freshman season.
Starting out the week against Saint Joseph's, Borden faced off against Hawks' ace Erin Gallagher. In the pitcher's duel, Penn scratched just one run off Gallagher with a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh. However, that run was the difference in the walk-off victory as Borden threw her third shutout of the season. In that game, she went seven full innings, allowing just seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven to help Penn defeat Gallagher for the first time.
Against Temple this past Saturday, Borden would throw another complete game. To do so, she had to pitch her longest outing to date with the game going extra innings. She did not allow an earned run during the first seven innings of play. The only earned runs she allowed all week would come in that extra frame, but she held on for the team's 5-4 win. In this game, she allowed just six hits and two walks, while striking out 10 in her eight innings of work.
For the week, Borden pitched 15 total innings and conceded just 13 hits and four walks, but struck out 17 during that span. She finished the week with a 0.93 ERA. Borden (6-1, 1.23 ERA overall) has now thrown a complete game in each of her last five starts, picking up the win in each of those games. Opponents are batting just .200 against her this season. She has struck out 56 batters in 51.1 innings of work.
In addition to Borden, Kayla Dahlerbruch was also named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll. She batted .429 this past week with a 1.143 slugging percentage. Dahlerbruch recorded two hits in three of Penn's four games this week, including four extra base hits. Her big games came this past weekend against Temple when she had three home runs over the two games, including the game-tying home run in Penn's win.
Softball will be back in action this Wednesday for a doubleheader at Lehigh that begins at 2:30 p.m. This weekend, the team will host the Penn Spring Invitational. Penn will play a total of four games over the two day invitational.