PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team completed its first-ever four-game sweep of Cornell on Sunday, posting a pair of victories over the Big Red at Penn Park. The Quakers compiled winning scores of 3-1 and 5-3, a day after putting up 20 runs in a doubleheader sweep on Saturday. Penn moves to 21-19 overall this season, and 7-9 in the Ivy League.
Game One (Penn 3, Cornell 1)
Alexis Sargent earned the start in Game One, and yet again delivered another gem. The junior right-hander allowed just a single run on four hits, while striking out eight batters. She has now won three-consecutive starts, allowing just a single earned run in 20.0 innings pitched.
The Quakers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, and held the one-run edge until the sixth. Pederson scored the game’s first run off a wild pitch. The freshman led off the contest with a base hit, stole second and moved over to third on a ground out.
Cornell knotted the game up on a Leanna Iannucci RBI single to right field. Madeline Avery scored on the play, following a leadoff double.
Luckily for the Quakers, they had perhaps their two hottest hitters up to bat in the bottom half of the sixth. Sargent led off the inning with a walk, paving the way for Jurie Joyner to launch a go-ahead, two-run home run to left field. It was the sophomore’s fifth long ball in the last eight days, and gave the Quakers a 3-1 lead.
Sargent closed out Game One in style, striking out the side in the seventh, to record her 11th win of the season.
Game Two (Penn 5, Cornell 3)
As was the case yesterday, Cornell jumped out to the lead in Game Two. Rebecca Kubena gave the Big Red a 1-0 edge in the top of the first on a RBI single to left field.
Penn evened the score in the fourth, which was the first of three-straight scoring innings for the Quakers. Joyner struck again with a RBI double to tie the game, while Penn took its first lead off a Cornell error in the fifth.
The Red and Blue tacked on three more in the sixth, fueled by three freshmen. Sarah Cwiertnia hammered a RBI single with the bases loaded, while Jessica England followed with a RBI walk with the bases full. Sam Pederson capped off the three-run inning with a two-out RBI single to center.
Cornell attempted to rally in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs. Sargent entered the game in relief of Lauren Li—Penn’s Game two starter—and recorded the game's final three outs. It was Sargent’s second save this season, while Li improved to 5-4 in the circle.
The Quakers will wrap up their regular season next weekend with a pair of doubleheaders against Columbia. Penn and the Lions will play two on Friday at Penn Park, and two more on Saturday in New York City.
Download: Cornell G1 Box.pdf