PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania softball team capped off its 2016 home schedule by splitting a doubleheader with Columbia on Friday at Penn Park. The Quakers notched a 4-1 win over the Lions in Game One, while Columbia stormed back with a 6-0 triumph in the nightcap.
Game One (Penn 4, Columbia 1)
Another day, another gem from Alexis Sargent. Penn’s junior ace tossed her fourth complete game of the season on Saturday, improving her record to 12-7. In addition, Sargent tallied nine strikeouts and lowered her ERA to 2.24.
With Sargent cruising, Penn’s three runs in the second were more than enough. Kanani Datan put the Quakers on the board, knocking a RBI infield single. Lauren Li scored on the play after leading off the inning with a single to center field.
In addition to scoring Li, Datan’s infield knock also loaded the bases for Penn'stop run producer. Leah Allen upped Penn’s lead to 3-0 with a line driveto center field. She also upped her league-leading RBI total to 39 this season.
The Red and Blue padded their lead in the fourth, as back-to-back doubles from Allen and Sargent yielded another Penn run.
Game Two (Columbia 6, Penn 0)
The Quakers bats silenced in Game Two, as Columbia’s Maura Lynch tossed a complete-game shutout. Datan went 3-for-3 for the Quakers, registering half of Penn’s hits in the game.
The Lions had five different players knock in aRBI, including a pair by Kerry Cook.
The Quakers end their season tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader against Columbia in New York City (12:30 p.m.).
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