Softball Opens South Division Play at Cornell

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team will continue its Ivy League road swing, as the Quakers open South Division play with Cornell in a four-game series in Ithaca, N.Y. The Red and Blue and Big Red will begin contending for the title of the South in doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday at the Niemand-Robison Softball Field, with action starting both days at 12:30 p.m.

Live Stats
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Last Time Out
Four runs in the bottom of the sixth weren’t quite enough for Penn to top Villanova in a midweek game at Penn Park. The Quakers (13-14, 4-4 Ivy) weren’t only battling the Wildcats (14-18, 4-5 BIG EAST) as a continuous light rain and cold wind consumed Wednesday’s matchup, causing a slight delay in the top of the fifth. However, Villanova prevailed in the not-so-ideal conditions, defeating the Red and Blue 8-4. Sophomore Alexis Sargent had a solid day both at the plate and in the circle, hitting .500 and only allowing one hit in two innings; while freshman Jurie Joyner put Penn on the board first with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth, recording two RBI and bringing her season total to 23.

Villanova 8 (14-18), Penn 4 (13-14)
WP: Kate Poppe (6-11), 5.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 10 K

LP: Lauren Li (4-2), 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Scouting Cornell (8-15, 2-6 Ivy)
A lightning delay and heavy rain forced Cornell’s game with Colgate to cancellation on Wednesday afternoon at Niemand-Robison Field. The Big Red was leading 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning when the first strike hit and the game never resumed before being called.

This past weekend, Cornell wrapped up interdivisional play with Dartmouth in Hanover, dropping two to the Big Green by scores of 3-0 and 15-10. The Big Red doubled the number of hits recorded by the defending Ivy League champions in game one with 10 but were unable to bring any across.

Three home runs from Cornell in game two weren’t enough to top Dartmouth, as six runs in the bottom of the fourth propelled the Big Green to the second victory.

A Look at the Numbers
Currently, Penn and Cornell have brought in the second and third most runs in the Ivy League. Cornell now leads the League with 54 doubles with Penn in second with 42. Cornell also leads the Ancient Eight in batting average and slugging percentage, with Dartmouth and Penn in second and third, respectively, in both categories.

Current Hitting Stats

Team

gp

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

bb

k

sb

cs

avg

obp

slg

Cornell

23

656

126

214

54

1

15

115

62

91

11

6

.326

.395

.480

Penn

27

746

128

209

42

6

11

121

68

144

35

7

.280

.350

.397

Current Pitching Stats

Team

gp

ip

h

r

er

bb

k

k/g

hr

era

Cornell

23

141.2

195

152

120

101

92

4.00

21

5.93

Penn

27

182.1

210

129

92

73

166

6.15

17

3.53

Big Red to Watch
Freshman Infielder Karlie Mellott – Fourth in the League in batting average (.411) … Recorded most hits for Cornell so far this season (30) and has the most total bases (48) … Leads team with three home runs and holds best slugging percentage at .658 … Has played and started 20 games … Hit two home runs in game two against Dartmouth.

Junior Outfielder Michiko McGivney – Leads Big Red with 15 RBI and 11 doubles ... Third best slugging percentage on team (.615) … Only starter on team to have a perfect 1.00 fielding percentage … Has played and started 22 games.

Freshman Pitcher Maddie Orcutt – Leads Cornell with a 4.99 ERA and five wins … Is tenth in the League with 43 K ... Recorded one shutout this season, pitched five complete games, and appeared in 14 … Allowed only one earned run and five hits in game one against Dartmouth.

The Series with Cornell
Overall:
Cornell leads the series, 39-22

First Meeting: The Quakers defeated the Big Red in 1982, 9-4.
Last Meeting:
April 12/13, 2014 - Penn took three out of the four-game series with Cornell. The Quakers and Big Red split the first day, each winning a game 9-0 in five innings. The Red and Blue took a pair of 9-8 games the second day, winning the first one in eight innings.
Notables:
At home, Penn is 15-22 against Cornell, while on the road, they are 4-16. The Quakers’ most recent road wins came in the 2013 season when they won the series, 3-1.

The Red and Blue have gone 3-1 against the Big Red in the regular season the past three years.

Overall (22-39), Home (15-22), Away (4-16), Neutral (3-1)
4/13/2014 CORNELL W, 9-8

4/13/2014 CORNELL W, 9-8 (8 inn.)
4/12/2014 CORNELL L, 9-0 (5 inn)
4/12/2014 CORNELL W, 9-0 (5 inn.)
4/20/2013 at Cornell W, 6-5
4/20/2013 at Cornell W, 6-2
4/20/2013 at Cornell W, 13-0 (5 inn.)
4/20/2013 at Cornell L, 10-9
5/5/2012 CORNELL W, 4-0^
4/21/2012 CORNELL L, 5-0

4/21/2012 CORNELL W, 9-2
4/20/2012 CORNELL W, 9-6
4/20/2012 CORNELL W, 5-2
^ South Div. Playoff

League Leaders
Earning her second consecutive Rookie of the Week award, freshman Jurie Joyner is currently second in the Ivy League with a .429 batting average and 23 RBI. She is second in each category to Dartmouth’s Katie McEachern (.479) and teammate sophomore Alexis Sargent (25 RBI). Joyner also has the second-best League slugging percentage (.729), again behind McEachern (1.000). The freshman is also a League leader in home runs, tied for fourth with four.

Also among the Individual League Leaders is senior pitcher Alexis Borden, who leads the Ivy League with 98 strikeouts. She is also tied for first with two saves and has the third most wins in the League (6), with Brown’s Katie Orona. Among the Ivy pitchers, Borden has pitched the second-most innings (92.2) and has the second highest K/G (7.40).

Joining Borden in the pitching categories, Sargent currently holds the third-best ERA of 2.05 behind Yale’s freshman pitcher Francesca Casalino (1.91) and Brown’s freshman pitcher Katie Orona (1.96).

Additionally, senior captain Sydney Turchin and sophomore Leah Allen are tied for third in the League with eight stolen bases.