PHILADELPHIA – Coming off three-consecutive home doubleheaders, the University of Pennsylvania softball team will hit the road this weekend for a doubleheader against Rider University. The Quakers and Broncs are set for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
Last Time Out
The Quakers are coming off a doubleheader split on Wednesday against Big 5 rival, La Salle. Penn put together a 5-2 win in Game One, before dropping Game Two by a score of 5-3. Alexis Sargent once again led the way from inside the circle, tossing her sixth-consecutive complete game in the triumph.
The reigning Ivy League Pitcher of the Week allowed just four hits, and a single earned run over seven innings—while striking out six. Not only did she lower her league-leading ERA to 1.16, but also improved to a conference-best 7-1 this season.
Offensively, Lauren Li and Sam Pederson each went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI in Game One. Pederson followed that up with two more hits in the nightcap.
Scouting the Broncs
Rider enters Saturday with a record of 3-16 this season. Most recently, the Broncs swept a doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson (6-3, 5-4) last Wednesday.
Senior Dana Sensi has carried the load offensively for Rider, hitting a team-best .386 with five doubles and a pair of home runs. Sensi is the Broncs’ only player to have started all 19 games this season.
Quaker Quick Hits
- Penn snagged a pair of Ivy League weekly awards on Tuesday, as Sargent picked up her second pitching honor and Leah Allen was named the Co-Player of the Week. Allen racked up nine RBI last week in just 10 at-bats.
- The Quakers are 6-2 over their last eight games, including a 4-2 record at Penn Park.
- Sargent (1.16) and sophomore Mason Spichiger (2.25) rank 1-2 in the Ivy League in ERA this season. Sargent also has the most wins in the league (7), and the most strikeouts (45).
- Pederson (.414) and Li (.404) are now second and third in the Ancient Eight in batting, and the only Quakers to be hitting over .400. Li is also third in the conference in slugging percentage (.702)— already knocking six doubles and a pair of home runs.
The Quakers return to Penn Park next Wednesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader against Rider.