Softball Puts Down Tigers in Saturday Matinee

PHILADELPHIA – In front of a packed stadium, the University of Pennsylvania softball team put on a show Saturday evening in a doubleheader with Princeton at Penn Park. With the South Division title on the line, the Quakers came out of the gates on fire, putting the Tigers down by scores of 4-0 and 5-1. Game one was the second shutout of the season for the Red and Blue and second recorded by senior Alexis Borden, who amassed five strikeouts and now has a total of 121 this season. Junior captain Lauren Li recorded the second win of the day, allowing no runs across 4.1 innings of work in the circle. At the plate, sophomore Leah Allen was on fire going 4-for-6, which included a solo bomb to right on her first at bat. She finished the day slugging 1.333.

A Look at the Doubleheader Numbers

Name

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

bb

k

sb

cs

avg

obp

slg

Princeton

51

1

11

0

0

0

1

3

7

1

0

.216

.273

.216

Penn

51

9

15

3

0

2

7

4

8

1

0

.294

.345

.471

Name

ip

h

r

er

bb

k

hr

era

Princeton

12

15

9

7

4

8

2

4.04

Penn

14

11

1

1

3

7

0

0.50

Game 1 – Penn (17-16, 8-5 Ivy) 4, Princeton (14-20, 6-5 Ivy) 0
WP: Alexis Borden (8-10), 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

LP: Shanna Christian (4-6), 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Penn put Princeton to work right away after senior pitcher Alexis Borden forced the Tigers to go down in order with a pop up and two strikeouts. A leadoff walk to senior captain Sydney Turchin on four straight balls put the momentum in favor of the Quakers early. After a groundout from junior Kanani Datan moved Turchin to second, a hit from junior captain Lauren Li and throwing error by Princeton’s pitcher Shanna Christian allowed her to come home and put the Red and Blue on the board first.

Sending the Tigers down in order once again, sophomore Leah Allen was due to leadoff in the bottom of the second. On a 2-0 count, Allen sent one clear out of the park to right field for the 2-0 lead.

Another three up, three down half for Princeton and Penn was back at the plate. With a second leadoff walk, this time to Li, freshman Jurie Joyner put the Quakers in scoring position with a double to right field. Two straight ground outs from sophomore Alexis Sargent and Allen brought one run in apiece and the Red and Blue took a 4-0 lead.

The Tigers recorded their first hit of the day in the top of the fourth when Rachel Rendina smacked one up the middle. A sac bunt and groundout allowed Rendina to make it to third, but she was left stranded after another groundout.

Princeton threatened to score again in the top of the sixth after Rendina was walked and stole second with one out. The second hit of the day for the Tigers came next from Kelsey Smith, putting runners at first and third. While a walk to Alyssa Schmidt loaded the bases with one out, Penn remained calm and Borden forced the next two batters to pop up and end the half.

A leadoff single in the top of the seventh was short lived as a strikeout, fielder’s choice, and pop up ended the game.

Game 2 – Penn (18-16, 9-5 Ivy) 5, Princeton (14-21, 6-6 Ivy) 1
WP: Lauren Li (6-2), 4.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

LP: Meredith Brown (3-2), 4.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

The Quakers picked up right where they left off as Allen put up a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a double RBI. Unsuccessful in bringing runners home safely in the bottom of the second, the Red and Blue scored two in the bottom of the third for a 3-0 lead. Senior captain Vanessa Weaver drove the first one in with an RBI single while Allen capitalized on a passed ball and scored the second run of the half.

Two more were added in the next home half when Li smashed a two-run homer dead center to go up 5-0.

Princeton threatened in the top of the fifth with one out and runners at the corners. Freshman Mason Spichiger relieved Li in the circle, getting out of the jam with two straight ground outs.

But the Tigers finally cracked the board in the top of the sixth, scoring a run on a fielder’s choice. But Spichiger ended Princeton’s chances of scoring anymore with her first KS of the day.

Penn took the field one final time in the top of the seventh with a 5-1. After another strikeout and a ground out, the Quakers were just one shy of going 2-0 on the day. A single up the middle from Smith would be the final hit of the day for the Tigers as Schmidt popped up to Weaver to end the game.

It was a good day all around for the Red and Blue as alumni, family, friends, and local little league teams came out to support Penn softball on a beautiful day. The Quakers look to add to their win streak with a sweep of Princeton tomorrow at Penn Park. The doubleheader is set to begin at 2 p.m.

North Division

Overall

GP

Record

Win %

GP

Record

Win %

Last 10

Streak

Dartmouth

14

12-2

0.857

33

19-14

0.576

9-1

Lost 1

Harvard

14

10-4

0.714

37

19-18

0.514

7-3

Won 2

Brown

14

5-9

0.357

28

11-17

0.393

3-7

Won 1

Yale

12

2-10

0.167

27

8-19

0.296

3-7

Lost 2

South Division

Overall

GP

Record

Win %

GP

Record

Win %

Last 10

Streak

Penn

14

9-5

0.643

34

18-16

0.529

6-4

Won 2

Princeton

12

6-6

0.500

35

14-21

0.400

4-6

Lost 3

Columbia

14

5-9

0.357

36

13-23

0.361

4-6

Lost 2

Cornell

14

5-9

0.357

31

11-20

0.355

3-7

Won 2

Download: Princeton boxscore1.pdf