Softball Clinches Fourth-Straight South Title

PHILADELPHIA – It was heck of a way to end the day, as the University of Pennsylvania softball team rallied back from a 7-2 deficit in the final game with Columbia on Sunday to win it 9-8 at Penn Park and take the four-game series, 3-1. After winning game won 3-2 and a Princeton loss to Cornell, the Quakers locked up the South Division title for the fourth-straight year and will face Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship Series for the third year in-a-row. While the team had much to celebrate for clinching a spot in the ILCS, the Red and Blue also honored and celebrated the four seniors – Alexis Borden, Jen Retzer, Sydney Turchin, and Vanessa Weaver – who played in their final games of their collegiate careers at Penn Park.

On the day, junior Korinne Raby led the team at the plate, going 3-for-6 which included two home runs to slug 1.500. Sophomore Alexis Sargent also recorded a home run as did sophomore Sydney Kranzmann, who hit her first collegiate home run.

Game 3 – Penn (21-18, 12-7 Ivy) 3, Columbia (16-27, 7-12 Ivy) 2
WP: Alexis Borden (11-11), 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K

LP: Tonia Wu (7-13), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

After two scoreless innings, the Lions were first on the board with a home run in the top of the fifth. They then added one more in the top of the fifth for a 2-0 lead.

With only two hits going into the home half of the fifth, junior Korinne Raby added a third to the team’s total – after fighting off an 0-2 count -- with a leadoff single through the right side. Sophomore Sydney Kranzmann added another to the team total with a two-run homer, her first collegiate home run, to tie the game at 2-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, bases loaded and no outs, junior captain Lauren Li made it home safely on a fielder’s choice to third base for a 3-2 lead.

It was all the Quakers would score as they took the field for the top of the seventh to secure the win. Ending things quickly, senior pitcher Alexis Borden sent Columbia down in order.

Game 4 – Penn (22-18, 13-7 Ivy) 9, Columbia (16-28, 7-13 Ivy) 8
WP: Alexis Sargent (3-1), 3.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

LP: Kayla Maloney (2-5), 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Save: Mason Spichiger (1), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Columbia was once again first on the scoreboard, bringing one home in the top of the second. Back-to-back home runs from sophomore Alexis Sargent and junior Korinne Raby put Penn ahead 2-1 but not for long. (It was the first time this season that two Quakers hit back-to-back home runs in a game.)

However, the Lions broke open the scoreboard, bringing in six in the top of the third with the help from a three-run homer from Taylor Troutt.

Hitting her second home run of the day, Raby brought the deficit to 7-3 and became the first Quaker this season to hit multiple home runs in a game.

A leadoff hit in the bottom of the fifth from sophomore Lainey Dorris along with a successful bunt from freshman Hayley Metcalf put two runners on with no outs for freshman Jurie Joyner. Another hit, a single down the left field line, allowed Dorris to score and Metcalf also reached home safely on a throwing error by the left fielder. Coming in to pinch run for Joyner, freshman Katie Petroski was too quick for the Lion defense and scored before the catcher could tag her at the plate.

Down by just one run, the Red and Blue added three more to the board to take the first lead of the game, 9-7 in the bottom of the sixth. After leading off with a double, Kranzmann moved to third on a single through the right side by senior captain Sydney Turchin. Dorris then drove her home with another single through the right side to tie the game at 7-7. A sac bunt from Metcalf moved Turchin and Dorris into scoring position for Joyner, who knocked them home with a double down the left field line for the 9-7 advantage.

Columbia added one in the top of the seventh but cat-like-reflexes from Raby at first allowed her to snag a hard-hit line drive for the final out and game win.

A Look at the Columbia Series

Name

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

bb

k

sb

cs

avg

obp

slg

Columbia

107

10

28

4

0

2

14

8

15

2

0

.262

.308

.355

Penn

124

24

39

5

1

5

21

7

12

6

2

.315

.356

.492

Name

ip

h

r

er

bb

k

hr

era

Columbia

26

39

24

21

7

12

5

5.65

Penn

27

28

15

9

8

15

2

2.33

Player’s Stats from the Series

Leah Allen
4 GP, .429 Avg., 6 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB, .643 Slg., .467 OBP

Vanessa Weaver
4 GP, .400 Avg., 4 H, 2 2B, 1 RBI, .600 Slg., .538 OBP

Alexis Borden
3 GP, 2 CG, 2-1, 18.0 IP, 1.94 ERA, 7 BB, 13 K

Ivy League Championship Series
After Sunday’s game-one win and a Princeton loss, the Quakers clinched the South Division Champion crown, for the fourth year in-a-row, and secured a spot in the Ivy League Championship series. Dartmouth, the winner of the North Division, finished with a 16-4 Ivy record and will host the best of three ILCS Saturday, May 2. This weekend will mark the third consecutive season that the Red and Blue and Big Green have squared off against each other for the championship title and second straight time in Hanover, N.H.

The seniors become the first class in program history to win the South Division all four years.

Download: Columbia Boxscore4.pdf