Softball Splits with Cornell to Win Series, 3-1

ITHACA, N.Y. – After dropping game three of the four-game series, four runs in the top of the sixth during game four propelled the University of Pennsylvania softball team to split with Cornell on Sunday at the Niemand-Robison Field and win the series, 3-1. The Quakers dropped the first of the day 6-2 but came back in the second to win 7-6. Junior captain Lauren Li brought two runs in while freshman Jurie Joyner brought in the tying and what-was-the winning run with a homer to right field. Across the two days, Li was 7-for-12 at the plate, drove in seven, and slugged 1.083. Joyner was 6-for-14 and hit two home runs to bring her season total to six. The freshman has now hit a home run off of four of the five Ivy teams the Red and Blue have faced so far.

A Look at the Four-Game Series

Name

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

bb

k

sb

cs

avg

obp

slg

Cornell

109

18

36

5

0

0

14

10

19

4

1

.330

.398

.376

Penn

111

29

39

5

2

3

27

15

18

6

1

.351

.442

.514

Name

ip

h

r

er

bb

k

hr

era

Cornell

26

39

29

28

15

18

3

4.20

Penn

25

36

18

15

10

19

0

7.54

Game 3: Penn 2 (15-15, 6-5 Ivy), Cornell 6 (9-17, 3-8 Ivy)
WP: Maddie Orcutt (6-7), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
LP: Alexis Borden (7-9), 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Scoring two in the bottom of the first, the Big Red extended their lead in the first game of the day to 5-0 after the second inning. Riding on two straight hits that put runners and third and second, Cornell kept up the momentum with a third hit, bringing another run across. However, a few errors by the Quakers gave the Big Red two more for the 5-0 advantage.

After three straight scoreless frames, junior captain Lauren Li finally put Penn on the board in the top of the sixth with a solo shot dead center. Cornell matched the run in the home half, and the Red and Blue entered the top of the seventh still trailing by five.

Senior captain Vanessa Weaver led off with a base-hit but moved to second when sophomore Sydney Kranzmann earned a free pass to first. Senior captain Sydney Turchin moved the two over, grounding out to second, and junior Kanani Datan was able to bring Weaver home with a groundout to short. It was the final run Penn would get in the game as the Big Red won their first game of the series, 6-2.

Game 4: Penn 7 (16-15, 7-5 Ivy), Cornell 6 (9-18, 3-9 Ivy)
WP: Lauren Li (5-2), 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

LP: Maddie Orcutt (6-8), 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Cornell was first on the board again, putting up one in the bottom of the first. Both teams went down in order in the second inning, and the top of the order was due at the plate for Penn to start the third.

Kick starting the offense, Turchin and Datan recorded back-to-back base hits but didn’t stay on the bags long as they both were knocked in by a triple from Li. Freshman Jurie Joyner and sophomore Leah Allen reached via a walk to load the bases but all three would be left stranded.

The Quakers added one more to the score in the top of the fourth when Datan drove in Kranzmann, who hit a nice double to right center, with a triple to left center.

Four straight hits in the bottom of the fifth allowed the Big Red to take back the lead, 4-3. But, Cornell wasn’t done yet. With two outs, two additional back-to-back hits extended the lead to 6-3. Li came in to relieve senior Alexis Borden in the circle and sent the last batter of the inning back to the dugout looking.

In the top of the sixth, the Red and Blue responded and regained the lead with four more runs. Leading off with a single up the middle, Weaver moved to second then to third after a walk to Turchin and a groundout from Datan. The Big Red made a pitching change of their own and put freshman pitcher Maddie Orcutt back in the circle. However, Li drove Weaver and Datan in with two outs, making the score 6-5. Joyner was next at the plate and one a 1-and-1 count, the freshman blasted her sixth home run of the season to right field, bringing in the tying and scoring what was the winning run.

Great defensive plays in the sixth inning kept Cornell off the board.

Penn made some moves around the bases but couldn’t bring any home. The Quakers then took the field for one final time.

With one out, Jessica Bigbie tried to get the momentum rolling for the Big Red with a single to left. Putting the ball into play, first baseman Megan Murray reached when Kranzmann got the lead off runner out at second. Needing just one more out, Li got the batter to ground out to her in the circle and the Red and Blue took the second of the day and third overall, 7-6.

Download: Cornell3 Boxscore.pdf