PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team will make its ESPN3 debut on Saturday afternoon, as the Cornell Big Red visit for four games at Penn Park this weekend. The Quakers and their Ivy rivals will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 4 p.m.,followed by two more on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Both doubleheaders can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Quakers and Big Red sit tied for third in the Ivy South standings, a game behind Columbia and four back of Princeton. Penn has the most overall wins and best overall winning percentage in the Division, but dropped three of four to the Tigers last weekend.
Last Time Out
Pitching fueled a doubleheader sweep of Saint Joseph’s last Wednesday at Penn Park. The Quakers posted a 7-0 shutout in Game One, followed by a 4-1 triumph in Game Two. Alexis Sargent and Lauren Li combined for the shutout in Game One, while Mason Spichiger, Courtney Cuzick, and Joy Lewis put together a four-hitter of the Hawks in the nightcap. Cuzick posted her first-career win.
Offensively, Jurie Joyner drilled a two-run home run—her third of the season—in Game One, while Leah Allen broke a 1-1 tie in Game Two with a base-loaded double in the fifth.
Penn Park Promotions
Not only is Saturday’s game to be broadcast live on ESPN3, but it also “Dollar Dog” night at Penn Park. All hot dogs will be sold for just one dollar each. There will also be a barbecue on Saturday available for all Alumni, parents and friends. To register for the BBQ, click HERE.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell split a four-game set with Columbia last weekend to move to 3-9 in the Ivy League. In non-conference action, Cornell dropped a pair of games at Binghamton on Wednesday.
Statistically, the Big Red are one of three Ivy teams to be hitting over .300 as a team this season (.301). Meg Parker is the main reason why, as she is batting .378 with a team-high 37 hits. She also leads Cornell with five home runs and 21 runs scored. Leanne Iannucci paces the squad with 22 RBI.
The Quakers have enjoyed extreme success against Cornell over the last four seasons. In fact, Penn holds a 13-4 record versus the Big Red since 2012. It hasn’t always been a Penn-dominated series, however, as Cornell still owns the all-time edge over the Quakers, 39-23.
Allen on the Precipice
Leah Allen tied a pair of Penn records last Saturday at Princeton. The junior slugger hit her fifth triple of the season—which tied Laurie Nestler’s mark from 1996-- and the 24th home run of her career (Annie Kinsey, 2008). In addition, Allen picked up two more RBI on Wednesday and now stands just eight shy of her own single-season mark in that category as well. She leads the Ivy League with 35 RBI this season.
Sarah Cwiertnia put together a breakout stretch last weekend at Princeton. In addition to hitting her first career home run, the freshman first baseman went 6-for-12 with four RBI, three doubles and a triple. She is now third on the team in batting (.333), and second in slugging (.486).
Sargent at the Dish
Although she has been the Quakers’ top pitcher, Alexis Sargent has quietly had one of the best offensive seasons for Penn as well. The junior is second on the team in both batting (.337) and RBI (17), and is currently on an eight-game hitting streak.
Sargent tossed five scoreless innings on Wednesday to record her team-leading ninth win of the season. She also added to her league-leading strikeout total (99) with two more punch-outs. Sargent lowered her ERA mark to 2.58 this season, which ranks fourth in the conference.
Sam Pederson continues to lead the Quakers in hitting (.379) this season, and has cracked the top five in the Ivy League. She also extended her current hit streak to 10 games on Wednesday, going 4-for-8 in the doubleheader with the Hawks.
The Quakers have had their troubles in close games this season. Penn is 0-5 in extra innings, and has dropped three in games in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Quaker Quick Hits
*Sargent leads the Ivy League in sacrifice flies this season with four, including one on Wednesday against Saint Joseph’s.
*Leah Allen leads the Quakers with eight stolen bases this season, and has moved into second in Penn history with 34 career steals.
*Allen is in the top five of the Ivy League in six offensive categories (home runs, triples, total bases, slugging, steals, RBI).
*Sargent’s 14 strikeouts against Rider sits as the highest in a single game by any Ivy pitcher this season.