PHILADELPHIA – Sweep after sweep! Fresh off defeating Cornell four times over the weekend, the University of Pennsylvania softball team won all three of the Ivy League’s weekly awards on Tuesday. Alexis Sargent nabbed her fourth Pitcher of the Week award, while Jurie Joyner was named the Pitcher of the Week and Sam Pederson the Rookie of the Week.
Sargent was nothing short of dominant in the circle, allowing just a single run (0.35 ERA) in 20.0 innings pitched and four appearances. The junior ace went a perfect 3-0, and picked up her second save of the season. In addition, Sargent added to her Ivy League lead in strikeouts with 16 more punch-outs. She was especially stellar versus the Big Red on Saturday, yielding four hits, and striking out eight in a complete-game shutout. To go along with her conference-high 113 strikeouts, Sargent is also slotted fourth in the league with a 2.31 ERA.
Joyner continued her red-hot ways with a spectacular six games at the dish last week. The 2015 Rookie of the Year hammered three home runs, and knocked in a team-high 10 runs. Joyner was also clutch, drilling a go-ahead two-run blast in the sixth inning of a 3-1 win over Cornell. She also hammered a grand slam in a 14-6 triumph against the Big Red. Sargent finished the stretch with a .412 batting average (7-for-17), and a slugging percentage of 1.000. Over her last 10 games, Joyner has slugged five home runs, two doubles, and racked up 12 RBI.
Pederson adds Rookie of the Week honors to what has been a terrific debut season in the Red and Blue. The rookie second baseman went 11-for-23 last week, with four runs scored and four stolen bases. Pederson has at least one hit in 12 of her last 13 games, and leads the Quakers in both batting (.390) and on-base percentage (.424) this season. Since being inserted into the starting lineup on March 6, Pederson has reached safely in 31-of-36 contests.
Sargent, Joyner, Pederson, and the rest of the Quakers will finish 2016 with a four-game series against Columbia this weekend. The Red and Blue will celebrate Senior Day on Friday at Penn Park at 2 p.m.