PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team erupted for 20 runs and 24 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Cornell on Saturday at Penn Park. The Quakers moved their Ivy League record to 5-9 with triumphant scores of 6-0 and 14-6 over the Big Red.
The Red and Blue have now won six home games in a row, and 15 of their last 19 over Cornell.
Game One (Penn 6, Cornell 0)
Alexis Sargent picked up her 10th win of the season in the circle, allowing just three hits in seven scoreless frames. She also eclipsed 100 strikeouts this season with five punch-outs of the Big Red.
Offensively, the Quakers struck first in the third inning. Penn took a 1-0 lead off a pair of Cornell errors, while Lauren Li knocked a RBI single to give the Quakers a two-run edge. Hayley Metcalf crossed home first for the Quakers after reaching on an error, and scoring on an error.
Li struck again in the fourth with yet another RBI single—this time capping off a four-run inning for the Quakers. Jess England scored the Red and Blue’s third run off a fielder’s choice by Kanani Datan, while Leah Allen notched her 36th RBI (most in the Ivy League) with a sac fly to left. Alexis Sargent also added a RBI base hit in the Quakers’ four-run fourth.
Game Two (Penn 14, Cornell 6)
After going down 4-0 in the top of the first inning, the Quakers exploded with 10 runs in the second. Li began the onslaught with a three-run blast to left, her fourth home run of the season. Sargent led off the inning with a double, while Jurie Joyner reached on a Cornell error. The Quakers would go on to score two more runs off a pair of Big Red errors, and also a fielder’s choice RBI by Datan.
Joyner would return to the plate in the second—this time with the bases full of Quakers. The red-hot sophomore hammered her fourth home run in the last seven days, leading to a 10-4 edge for the home team.
Penn finished off the Big Red in the fifth, which began with back-to-back bunt singles by Datan and Allen. Consecutive ground outs would bring Datan around to score, while Li capped off her dominant day with a RBI single to left.
Inside the Numbers
Li put together a two-game total of five hits (.714), six RBI and two runs scored. Joyner was just as spectacular, knocking in five more and also scoring twice. In addition, Li was the winning pitcher in Game Two.
Five Quakers had multi-hit games in the nightcap, and six players picked up at least one RBI.
The Quakers and Big Red are back at it tomorrow for two more at Penn Park, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Download: Cornell G1 Box.pdf