Softball Splits Day One with Columbia

NEW YORK – The University of Pennsylvania softball team split a doubleheader with Columbia on Saturday at the Columbia Softball Stadium, winning game one 9-0 and falling in game two 5-3. The Quakers now have to take the final two contests of the four-game series to clinch the Ivy League South Division outright to play at Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship Series. The Red and Blue will close out the regular season at Penn Park and celebrate Senior Day, recognizing Alexis Borden, Jen Retzer, Sydney Turchin, and Vanessa Weaver for their dedication to Penn Softball.

On the day, sophomore Leah Allen hit .625, going 5-for-8 at the plate, and slugged 1.000. She also added another home run to her stats, bringing her season total to five. Senior captain Vanessa Weaver also slugged 1.000 on the day, going 3-for-5 that included two doubles to hit .600. Nearing her collegiate campaign, senior Alexis Borden continued to shine in the circle. In game one, Borden only allowed two hits across seven innings of work. Even though she received the game-two loss, Borden ended the day with a 1.91 ERA.

Game 1 – Penn (20-17, 11-6 Ivy) 9, Columbia (15-26, 6-11 Ivy) 0
WP: Alexis Borden (10-10), 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

LP: Tonia Wu (6-12), 6.1 IP, 13 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Junior captain Lauren Li, sophomore Leah Allen, and sophomore Alexis Sargent each contributed RBI singles in the top of the first inning to give Penn an early 3-0 lead.

Neither team was able to change the scoreboard until the sixth. After forcing the Lions to go down in order for the fourth time of the day, the Quakers readied for the top of the sixth.

Back-to-back singles from senior captain Vanessa Weaver and sophomore Sydney Kranzmann put two runners on and senior captain Sydney Turchin moved them into scoring position after grounding out. With two outs, junior Kanani Datan drove Weaver home for a 4-0 lead but it was all they would get that inning.

Back in the circle, senior Alexis Borden continued to shine in the circle and sent Columbia down in order for the fifth time of the day, keeping the Lions hitless through six innings.

In the top of the seventh, the Red and Blue’s bats got hot, bringing in five runs on six hits. With runners in scoring position, junior Korinne Raby brought in two with her first triple of the season. Weaver then knocked Raby in with her first double of the day to give Penn a 7-0 lead, and an error by Columbia allowed Weaver to make it home safely. Datan drove in the final run of the inning with a single up the middle, and the Quakers took the field to secure the win.

Two outs away from a no-hitter, the Lions finally put the ball into play when Madison Gott and Kerry Cook recorded back-to-back base hits. However, Borden sent pitcher Tonia Wu down swinging and forced Taylor Troutt to pop up to end the game.

Game 2 – Penn (20-18, 11-7 Ivy) 3, Columbia (16-26, 7-11 Ivy) 5
WP: Tessa Kroll (7-10), 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

LP: Alexis Borden (10-11), 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

After capitalizing on an error for a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Columbia knocked in two runs when Mackensy Lakian doubled to center field with two on for a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second.

The one run lead was short lived as sophomore Leah Allen led off the top of the third with a home run to left center.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Lions regained the lead and added to it in the fifth to go ahead 4-2.

Leading off the top of the sixth with her second double of the day, senior captain Vanessa Weaver found her way home on a senior captain Sydney Turchin single to left center to come within one, once again.

Matching the Red and Blue’s run, Columbia tacked on one more in the bottom of the sixth and was able to hold off Penn in the seventh to split the day.

A Look at the Doubleheader Numbers

Name

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

bb

k

sb

cs

avg

obp

slg

Columbia

48

5

12

1

0

0

5

3

6

0

0

.250

.288

.271

Penn

69

12

21

2

1

1

10

3

9

6

1

.304

.342

.406

Name

ip

h

r

er

bb

k

hr

era

Columbia

14

21

12

9

3

9

1

4.50

Penn

13

12

5

4

3

6

0

2.15

Around the League
Dartmouth clinched the North Division and the right to host this year’s Ivy League Championship series, for the second-consecutive season, after splitting a doubleheader with Harvard. Penn needs to win the final two games of the season to lock up the South Division title for the fourth-straight season; doing so will also put the Big Green and Quakers into the ILCS for the third-straight year.

Download: Columbia Boxscore1.pdf