PHILADELPHIA – Facing the penultimate weekend of the regular season, the University of Pennsylvania’s softball team hits the road for a four-game series at Cornell. The Quakers and Big Red are set for doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday, beginning each day at 12:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
*The Quakers lost their fifth-straight game on Wednesday at Saint Joseph’s. The Hawks scored a pair of runs in the seventh to earn a walk-off, 5-4 triumph. Sarah Cwiertnia and Cedar Slovacek each had a pair of hits while freshman Raven Houck recorded her first-career home run to put Penn up 4-3 with two outs in the sixth.
*Penn will need a strong finish to the season in order to catch Princeton in the Ivy South standings. Following their four-game sweep to the Tigers last weekend, the Quakers found themselves five games back with eight contests to go.
Allen Seeking More
*Senior Leah Allen is putting the finishing touches on one of the most decorated careers in Penn history. Already owning the school’s home-run (29) and stolen-base record (57), she is also just one RBI and one triple shy of those career marks as well.
*Allen is also slotted second on Penn’s all-time hits list with 176 career knocks. She trails just Annie Kinsey (’08), who holds the Red and Blue record with 228. Allen ranks fifth in career runs scored (109) and seventh in career doubles (27).
*Allen leads the Quakers in hits (46), batting average (.400), runs scored (25), doubles (7) and home runs (5). She also leads the Ivy League with 16 stolen bases, which is three short of Penn’s single-season record. She has reached base in 28-of-32 contests, and leads Penn with 16 multi-hit games.
*Over her last 10 games, Allen is batting a team-high .444 with a team-best eight runs scored and 11 RBIs.
*Classmate Alexis Sargent is also wrapping up her career in style as she leads the Ivy League in ERA (2.65) while ranking second in both wins (9) and strikeouts (85).
*Sargent moved into second in Penn history with her 269th career strikeout against Drexel. She also ranks third in the Penn record books in career wins with 30, sitting one shy of a tie for second with Betty Tuppeny (’82).
*Jurie Joyner has been one of Penn’s most consistent hitters during her Penn career, and 2017 is no different. The junior ranks third on the team with a .358 batting average, and second on the team with 16 RBIs.
*A trio of sophomores have continued promising starts to their Penn careers this season.
*Corner infielder, Sarah Cwiertnia leads the team, and ranks third in the Ivy League with 28 RBIs. She also ranks second on the team with a .366 batting average.
*Jess England leads the Quakers with a .430 on-base percentage while also batting .315 this season.
*Sam Pederson has come on strong of late, batting .370 over her last 10 games. In fact, Pederson capped off the Princeton series with a 4-for-5, two-run performance in game two on Sunday.
*Junior third-baseman Molly Oretsky has also been red-hot over her last 10 contests. In addition to blasting all three of her home runs during that span, she is also leading the squad in slugging percentage this season (.643).
Scouting the Big Red
*Cornell currently sits in the bottom of the South Division standings with a 3-9 conference mark. The Big Red split a four-game set with Columbia last weekend. Cornell also holds a win over Brown.
*Bridgette Rooney leads the Ivy League with eight home runs this season while Megan Murray paces Cornell in hits (36), batting average (.340), runs scored (20), and on-base percentage (.393).
*The Quakers recorded their first-ever sweep of Cornell last year at Penn Park. Alexis Sargent (pitcher), Jurie Joyner (player) and Sam Pederson (rookie) all earned Ivy League weekly awards after that weekend.
*The Quakers will wrap up the regular season with four games against Columbia next weekend (April 28-29).