PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team will return to Penn Park on Wednesday to host a doubleheader with Lafayette, closing out an 11-game homestand. After a long and thrilling weekend, the Quakers are hoping to keep up the level of energy and momentum to add two more wins to their 11-9 record. First pitch is set to be thrown at 4 p.m.
Scouting Lafayette (1-19, 0-3 Patriot)
The Leopards’ lone win of the season was a 1-0 victory over UMBC on 3/18 in Maryland. Since then though, Lafayette has yet to claim another victory and most recently dropped three league contests to Lehigh at home. The Mountain Hawks easily handled the Leopards in the first game, 11-0 (5 innings), and followed it up with two more wins the next day, 2-0 and 8-0 (5 innings).
The Series with Lafayette
Overall: Penn leads, 38-19
First Meeting: The Quakers fell to the Leopards in 1980, 5-4
Last Meeting: March 15, 2013 – Penn defeated Lafayette, 8-0 in 5 innings
Last Penn Win: March 15, 2013 - The Red and Blue took a pair of wins, first defeating the Leopards 11-2 in 5 innings and then 8-0 in 5 innings.
Notables: Of the 57 games played between the two teams, 35 of them have been played at Penn. The Quakers are 26-9 at home and 11-10 away.
Last Time Out
The Red and Blue opened Ivy League play at Penn Park with Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard on Sunday, splitting with the Big Green (3-2, 5-4) and taking two from Harvard (10-4, 15-14 (8 inn.)) after seven hours of ball on Sunday.
Against Dartmouth, three Quakers batted .500 or over: freshman Jurie Joyner, junior captain Lauren Li, and sophomore Leah Allen. Joyner, who ended the day with the highest average at .667, went 2-3 at the plate, collected two RBI, and slugged 1.00. Li was 4-7, batting .571, while Allen was an even .500 (3-6) at the plate but slugged 1.167 with the help of a three-run homer in game two.
Against Harvard, senior captain Vanessa Weaver, who had a hot day at the plate going 5-7 (.714), finally ended game two in the bottom of the eighth with a walk-off hit that landed just over the first baseman. Along with Weaver, Joyner and Li also hit over .700. Joyner led the team hitting .750 (6-8) that included a perfect 4-4 plate performance in game two. The freshman slugged 1.625 with the help from four doubles and a three-run homer. Lauren Li also hit .714 (5-7), going 3-3 in game one, and slugged 1.286 that included one double and a two-run homer.
Dartmouth Two-Game Series
Game 1 – Dartmouth (8-12, 1-0)
WP: Kristen Rumley (5-9), 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
LP: Alexis Borden (3-6), 7.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Save: Morgan McCalmon (1), 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 B, 1 K
Game 2 – Dartmouth (8-13, 1-1)
WP: Lauren Li (3-1), 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
LP: Kristen Rumley (5-10), 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Save: Alexis Borden (2), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Harvard Two-Game Series
Game 1 – Harvard (8-14-6, 1-2)
WP: Alexis Borden (4-6), 7.0 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
LP: Laura Ricciardone (4-5), 1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Game 2 – Harvard (8-15, 1-3)
WP: Alexis Borden (5-6), 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
LP: Gabrielle Ruiz (0-2), 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Ivy League Weekly Honor
For her exceptional performance over the weekend, University of Pennsylvania freshman Jurie Joyner was named this week’s Ivy Rookie of the Week. Announced on Tuesday by the League, Joyner shares this week’s award with Brown’s freshman pitcher Katie Orona.
Currently, Joyner is fourth in the League with a .422 batting average and is tied for sixth with 11 RBI. Hitting .643 in the last five games, the McDonough, Ga. native hit six doubles, four of which were against Harvard. Joyner cleared her first collegiate home run on the first pitch during her first at bat in game two against Harvard, helping the team to a 15-14 victory over the Crimson and a three-game winning streak.
So far against Ivy opponents, Joyner is hitting .727 and slugging 1.455.
Joyner’s Statistics for the Week
5 GP, .643 Avg., 9 H, 3 R, 6 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 4 BB, 1.286 Slg.
Along with Joyner, junior captain Lauren Li was also recognized by the Ivy League on the weekly honor roll.
Li's Statistics for the Week
4 GP, .643 Avg., 9 H, 8 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SB, 1.000 Slg.