NEW YORK, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania softball team ended its 2016 season with a doubleheader split at Columbia on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers wrap up their season with an overall record of 23-21, which is their highest win total since 2013.
Game One (Penn 9, Columbia 2)
The Quakers scored four runs in the first inning, and never looked back in a 9-2 triumph. Lauren Li tossed a complete game in the circle, posting her sixth win of the season. The senior departs Penn with 19 career victories in the circle, a mark that ranks 10th all-time.
Penn’s scoring outburst in the first was fueled by a leadoff triple by freshman Sam Pederson. Kanani Datan followed with an infield hit, and the Quakers had runners on first and third with no out. Up next, Jurie Joyner drilled both in with a RBI single down the right-field line.
The Red and Blue’s rally was capped off with Sarah Cwiertnia drilling a RBI triple to right field.
It was another freshman adding to Penn’s lead in the fifth, as Jessica England plated a pair with a RBI double down the left-field line. Pederson chipped in a RBI single in the fifth as well, as the Quakers built an unsurmountable 8-1 lead.
Game Two (Columbia 4, Penn 3)
The Quakers once again posted a 3-0 lead in Game Two, but this time, couldn’t hold on. Alexis Sargent earned the start, and cruised through the first three innings. The Lions scored runs in the final four innings, including a walk-off single by Krystin Wong.
Penn scored all of their runs in the fourth, stemmed by three-straight hits to begin the frame. With the bases loaded, Pederson added to her great afternoon with a sac fly to right. Following another hit by Datan, the bases were once again juiced for Leah Allen.
Allen delivered with a single to center, and the Quakers led 3-0. Allen completed the season with 41 RBI, which was one shy of her own single-season record.
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