Softball Gears Up for Battle with Neighbor Drexel

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team will hit the road on Wednesday but won’t travel far as the Quakers cross the street into Dragon territory. The Red and Blue will head to Drexel for a single midweek game at the Drexel Softball Field. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

Following Along
If you can’t make it out for Wednesday’s game, you can follow all of the action through live stats here.

Drexel will also provide a live video stream for free that can be seen here.

Last Time Out
After dropping game three of the four-game series, four runs in the top of the sixth during game four propelled the University of Pennsylvania softball team to split with Cornell on Sunday at the Niemand-Robison Field and win the series, 3-1. The Quakers dropped the first of the day 6-2 but came back in the second to win 7-6. Junior captain Lauren Li brought two runs in while freshman Jurie Joyner brought in the tying and what-was-the winning run with a homer to right field. Across the two days, Li was 7-for-12 at the plate, drove in seven, and slugged 1.083. Joyner was 6-for-14 and hit two home runs to bring her season total to six. The freshman has now hit a home run off of four of the five Ivy teams the Red and Blue have faced so far.

Game 3: Penn 2 (15-15, 6-5 Ivy), Cornell 6 (9-17, 3-8 Ivy)
WP: Maddie Orcutt (6-7), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

LP: Alexis Borden (7-9), 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Game 4: Penn 7 (16-15, 7-5 Ivy), Cornell 6 (9-18, 3-9 Ivy)
WP: Lauren Li (5-2), 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

LP: Maddie Orcutt (6-8), 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Scouting Drexel (13-15, 3-8 CAA)
The Dragons are coming off a tough weekend series loss to conference opponent Hofstra, dropping all three games. After taking the Pride to 11 innings in the first game, Drexel was unable to come away with the victory and fell 4-3. The Dragons were only able to score one run in each of the next two games, dropping the second 11-1 in 6 innings and the final game, 10-1.

Dragons to Watch
Senior outfielder Leticia Matsuoka – Hit a home run in the 10-1 loss to Hofstra … Has started all 28 games this season … Leads the team with 5 home runs and .609 slugging percentage.

Senior infielder Sylvia Llamas – Hit a three-run homer against Hofstra in 4-3 (11 inning) loss … Leads Dragons with .408 batting average and 23 RBI … Highest OBP at .467 and second on team with .592 slugging percentage.

Sophomore pitcher Taylor Lee – Leading pitcher for Dragons … 10-9 record and 15 complete games … Tossed 130.1 innings and 61 strikeouts … Holds team’s best ERA at 2.04.

The Series with Drexel
Drexel leads the series, 38-13

First Meeting: The Quakers defeated the Dragons in 1981, 4-0
Last Meeting:
April 16, 2014 – Drexel defeated Penn at Penn Park, 6-2.
The longest win streak for the Quakers against the Dragons in three games on two occasions: the teams’ first three meetings and from 2011-2013. Drexel’s longest win streak is 15, from 1995-2002.

Weekly Honors
After opening Ivy League South Division play with a 3-1 series win over Cornell this past weekend, the University of Pennsylvania softball team saw junior captain Lauren Li and freshman Jurie Joyner add weekly honors to their resumes. Announced by the Ivy League on Tuesday afternoon, Li collected her second Player of the Week honor this season while Joyner earned her third consecutive Rookie of the Week accolade.

This week’s awards come as no surprise as the two players continue their banner seasons staying hot and leading the Quakers at the plate. Both are hitting over .400 and slugging over .650. Having a nine-game hit streak already this year, Li is currently at four. Joyner’s longest hit streak was 10 and she is currently at six.

Li’s Statistics for the Week
5 GP, .500 Avg., 7 H, 6 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR 7 RBI, 5 BB, 1K, .929 Slg., .650 OBP

2 GP, 1-1, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 3.23 ERA

Joyner’s Statistics for the Week
5 GP, .389 Avg., 7 H, 4 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, .889 Slg., .450 OBP

In addition to Li and Joyner earning the major weekly awards, freshman Mason Spichiger and senior captain Vanessa Weaver were named to the Ivy Honor Roll.

Spichiger’s Statistics for the Week
3 GP, 1-0, 7.1 IP, 2 K, 0.95 ERA, 0 BB

Weaver’s Statistics for the Week
5 GP, .429 Avg., 6 H, 5 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB, .529 OBP

2015 Penn Ivy League Weekly Honors
4/14/2015: Lauren Li – Player of the Week, Jurie Joyner – Rookie of the Week, Mason Spichiger – Honor Roll, Vanessa Weaver – Honor Roll

4/7/2015: Jurie Joyner – Rookie of the Week, Alexis Borden – Honor Roll, Alexis Sargent – Honor Roll
3/31/2015: Jurie Joyner – Rookie of the Week^, Lauren Li – Honor Roll
3/24/2015: Alexis Sargent – Honor Roll, Sydney Turchin – Honor Roll
3/17/2015: Lauren Li – Player of the Week; Alexis Borden – Pitcher of the Week^, Jurie Joyner – Honor Roll, Alexis Sargent – Honor Roll
3/10/2015: Alexis Borden – Pitcher of the Week, Lauren Li – Honor Roll
^co-player, rookie, pitcher of the week