PHILADELPHIA – Junior Alexis Sargent of the University of Pennsylvania softball team tossed her sixth-consecutive complete game on Wednesday, fueling a doubleheader split with La Salle at Penn Park. Penn defeated the Explorers in Game One by a score of 5-2, while La Salle answered with a 5-3 triumph in Game Two. The Quakersmove to 9-7 overall this season, and 4-2 at home.
Sargent, the two-time reigning Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, didn’t skip a beat in Game One. The junior yielded just four hits, and a single earned run over seven innings—while striking out six. Sargent improves her record to a conference-best 7-1 this season.
Offensively, the Quakers wasted no time getting to Explorers’ pitcher Val Buehler. Leah Allen, who was named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week on Tuesday, led off the game with a base hit to right field. Sam Pederson and Lauren Li followed suit with hits of their own, with Allen coming around to score on Li’s knock up the middle. Then with runners on second and third, Sargent smacked a single to put the Quakers up 3-0.
The Red and Blue added to their lead in the fourth. Sophomore Vera Barnwell sparked the rally with an infield hit, and a subsequent steal of second. After Allen walked and Pederson bunted for a hit, the Quakers loaded the bases. Barnwell would score on a wild pitch, and Penn led 4-0. Allen would then score on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Li.
The Explorers scored runs in the fifth and sixth, but a five-run cushion was more than enough for Sargent.
The Quakers once again jumped out front in Game Two, ignited this time by a lead-off hit by Pederson. After stealing second, she would come around to score on a RBI fielder’s choice by Allen.
La Salle answered back with a solo home run in the second, and then earned their first lead of the day with a two-run blast in the fifth.
Penn had its first chance to cut into the two-run lead in the fourth, but were unable to capitalize on a bases-loaded, one-out situation.
The Red and Blue finally cut the lead to 3-2 in the sixth, following a RBI triple from Katie Petroski. Sarah Cwiertnia came all the way around from first to score, after knocking a two-out single up the middle.
The Explorers added a pair of needed insurance runs in the top of the seventh, taking a 5-2 lead into the bottom half.
Allen knocked in her second RBI of the game in the seventh, but that was all the Quakers would muster.
Penn will make the short trip to Rider for a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch between the Quakers and Broncs is set for 1 p.m.
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