PHILADELPHIA – The home stand continues. For the third time in seven days, the University of Pennsylvania softball team will host a doubleheader at Penn Park. This time, it will be against Big 5 rival La Salle on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Quakers went 3-1 last week in a pair of doubleheaders against Lafayette and Army West Point. Penn swept the Leopards last Wednesday, and split a pair against the Black Knights on Friday—a doubleheader that was moved up due to potential inclement weather on Saturday.
Leah Allen was the main offensive force for the Quakers last week, and in turn was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week. The junior slugger was nearly unstoppable at the dish, homering twice and recording nine RBI in 10 at-bats. She finished the week by going 5-for-10 with a triple, a double and a pair of walks.
Allen was the catalyst in the sweep of Lafayette, as she knocked in all of Penn’s runs over the two games—including a grand slam in Game One.
Alexis Sargentalso earned Ivy honors on Tuesday, as she was named the conference's Pitcher of the Week for the second-straight time. The junior right-hander recorded a pair of wins last week, including a three-hit, nine-strikeout shutout of Lafayette. She also put together her fifth complete game of the season against the Black Knights, striking out six more and improving to 6-1 on the year.
Sargent didn’t allow an earned run in either outing, and currently leads the Ivy League with an ERA of 1.19 in 41.1 innings of action.
Also in the Circle
Mason Spichiger ranks second in the Ivy League in ERA (2.33), and also put forth a strong performance versus Lafayette. On the way to picking up her second win of the season, the sophomore tossed 4.1 scoreless innings against the Leopards.
Quaker Quick Hits
- Katie Petroski made it two grand slams for the Red and Blue last week, as she hammered her first career home run in Game One against Army West Point. Petroski and Allen plated 13 of the Quakers’ 14 runs last week.
- Lauren Li also compiled a solid week at the dish, going 5-for-12 with a run scored. Li has a team-high 16 hits (.390) this season—with a pair of home runs, four doubles and a triple.
- Freshman Sam Pederson continues to lead Penn in batting average this season. In fact, her .393 at the plate is slotted second in the entire Ivy League.
Scouting the Explorers
La Salle (6-10) enters Wednesday with a bit of momentum on its side, having won two games in a row. The Explorers ended the UMBC Spring Classic with a pair of wins over Sacred Heart last Friday and Saturday.
La Salle’s other wins this season have come against Middle Tennessee State, South Dakota, Norfolk State, and Rhode Island. Kendra Heyer is the Explorers’ leading hitter, batting .375 with five runs scored and three RBI.
The Quakers will make the short trip to Rider for a doubleheader against the Broncs on Saturday at 1 p.m.