PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team capped off its non-conference schedule in style on Wednesday, sweeping a pair of games against city-rival Saint Joseph’s at Penn Park. The Quakers posted a 7-0 shutout in Game One, followed by a 4-1 triumph in Game Two.
Game One (Penn 7, SJU 0)
Alexis Sargent received the start in Game One, returning to her dominant ways in the circle. The junior allowed just one hit, while striking out a pair in five innings of work. Senior Lauren Li sealed the win with two scoreless frames out of the bullpen.
Offensively, the Quakers erupted for six runs in the fifth inning. Jurie Joyner provided the exclamation point with a two-run blast over the left-field wall. It is her third long ball in the last four games. Sargent also recorded a pair of RBI, hammering in two with a single to right-center. Kanani Datan hit a sacrifice fly to begin the scoring in the fifth.
Freshman Sam Pederson smacked in Penn’s first tally of the game in the second. After Korinne Raby doubled to lead off the inning—and advanced to third on a sacrifice—Pederson knocked a RBI single up the middle to give Penn a 1-0 edge.
Game Two (Penn 4, SJU 1)
It was once again a stellar pitching effort for Penn in Game Two, but this time three hurlers shared the circle. Courtney Cuzick earned her first career victory, tossing a pair of no-hit frames in relief. Joy Lewis also pitched two clean innings, while Mason Spichiger registered the start and struck out three.
It was the Hawks who struck first in Game Two, getting a solo home run from Sarah Yoos in the top of the first inning.
From there, it was all Penn. The Quakers capitalized on a Saint Joseph’s error in the fourth to tie the game, 1-1. The following inning, Penn tacked on three more. Leah Allen came up with the big hit, hitting a laser to left-center field with the bases loaded. Pederson and classmate Jess England raced home, and the Quakers led 3-1. Another tally was added on a sac fly by Sargent.
Lewis tossed the final two innings for the Quakers, facing the minimum and striking out a pair.
The Quakers will back at home this weekend for a four-game series against Cornell. Penn and the Big Red will play a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, followed by a 12:30 double-dip on Sunday. Saturday’s games will be broadcast live on ESPN.
Download: SJU Game Two.pdf