PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team will wrap up its regular season with a pair of doubleheaders against Columbia this weekend. The Quakers are set to celebrate Senior Day at Penn Park on Friday at 2 p.m., before heading off to New York City for two more contests on Saturday.
Last Time Out
The Quakers recorded their first-ever four-game sweep of Cornell last weekend at Penn Park. Alexis Sargent went 2-0 in the circle, allowing just a single run in 15.0 innings pitched. She also nabbed her second save of the season in the final game of the weekend.
Offensively, Jurie Joyner led the way with five hits, two home runs, and eight RBI. Lauren Li was the catalyst for Penn’s 20-run outburst on Saturday, registering five hits with six RBI.
Scouting the Lions
Columbia enters the weekend with a 13-30 overall record, and a 5-11 mark in the Ivy League. Most recently, the Lions lost three-of-four to Princeton last weekend. Individually, Columbia has been led by the trio of Taylor Troutt, Madison Gott and Kerry Cook. Troutt paces the team in almost every offensive category, batting .360 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. Gott (.317) and Cook (.314) are also hitting over .300.
The Quakers will celebrate their three seniors—Lauren Li, Kanani Datan and Korinne Raby—prior to first pitch on Friday. This trio has been a part of three Ivy League South crowns, as well as the 2013 squad that earned the program’s first-ever berth into the NCAA Tournament. Li, Datan and Raby will leave Penn as the second-winningest class in program history, amassing 92 wins—51 of which came against Ivy foes.
Seniors By the Numbers
Kanani Datan – 131 games played, 96 hits, 58 runs scored, 20 steals
Lauren Li – 129 games played, 104 hits, 21 doubles, 9 home runs, 60 RBI, 183.2 innings pitched, 18 wins
Korinne Raby – 133 games played, 82 hits, 14 doubles, 10 home runs, 54 RBI
The Quakers enter the final weekend three games back of Princeton in the Ivy South standings. The Tigers wrap up their season with a four-game set against Cornell. The Big Red and Princeton will also play a home-and-home, with Cornell hosting the Tigers on Friday.
Fresh off registering their first-ever four-game sweep of Cornell, the Quakers took home all three of this week’s Ivy League weekly awards. Alexis Sargent nabbed her fourth Pitcher of the Week award, Jurie Joyner was named the Ivy League Player of the Week and Sam Pederson earned her first-ever Rookie of the Week honor. Sargent went 3-0 in the circle with a 0.35 ERA, while Joyner drilled three home runs and recorded 10 RBI. Pederson continued her superb rookie year, ripping off an 11-for-23 clip at the dish.
The Quakers have won six-straight games, and are 7-3 over their last 10 games. In addition, Penn has notched eight-consecutive home victories. With two more triumphs, the Quakers will tally their most wins in a season since 2013. The Red and Blue are also on the precipice of recording an overall record of .500 or better for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
Over her last four appearances, Alexis Sargent is 3-0 with one save and a 0.35 ERA in 20.0 innings pitched. In addition, the junior ace continues to lead the Ivies in strikeouts with 113, which is 11 more than another other pitcher in the league.
Penn has enjoyed some outstanding contributions from its freshman class this season. In fact, Sam Pederson (.390) and Sarah Cwiertnia (.333) currently sit 1-2 on the team in batting average. Pederson has been especially impressive, totaling nine more hits than any other Quaker in the lineup. Jessica England has also been solid in her debut season, making 25 starts at shortstop.
Allen Seeking History
Junior Leah Allen currently sits tied for Penn’s all-time record for triples (5) in a single season, as well as the Quakers’ all-time mark in career home runs (24). She is also leading the league in RBI this season with 37, and stands just six shy of tying her own record in that category as well.
Quaker Quick Hits
*Leah Allen leads the Quakers with 10 stolen bases this season, and now has 36 steals in her career—which ranks second in Penn history. She has been caught just once in 2016.
*Allen is in the top five of the Ivy League in six different offensive categories – triples (1st), steals (4th), home runs (5th), walks (5th), slugging (5th), and RBI (1st).
*Alexis Sargent paces the Ivy League in sac flies this season with four.