PHILADELPHIA – After a tough doubleheader loss to Lehigh in the blistering cold on Wednesday, the University of Pennsylvania softball team will look to get back on track as the Quakers (6-7) host the University of the Sciences on Sunday at Penn Park. It will be the first meeting between the two teams and action is set to begin at noon.
Last Time on the Field
The Red and Blue opened their home slate with a doubleheader on Wednesday against the Mountain Hawks. Originally scheduled to be played at Lehigh, the games were moved to Penn Park due to unplayable field conditions.
Penn took the field for the first time in the north, after playing 11 games across a week in Florida, and felt the effects of the cold. In game one, the Quakers fell behind to the Mountain Hawks and weren’t able to catch up, resulting in a 10-0 loss in 5 innings.
Hoping to turn things around in game two, the Red and Blue held Lehigh to fewer runs but were unable to score any of their own. Their best opportunity to score came in the bottom of the seventh with bases loaded. However, a strikeout for the final out left the runners stranded on the bags.
During the first inning of game one, senior captain Sydney Turchin recorded her second stolen base of the season and took over as the all-time leader in career stolen bases with 34.
Scouting USciences (3-7, 1-1 CACC)
The Devils opened conference play with Holy Family on Wednesday, splitting a doubleheader with Tigers. In game one, USciences took a commanding lead after scoring 12 runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 20-11 lead. The Devils chased two pitchers out of the circle, recording a total of nine hits. Holy Family came back strong in game two though and won 7-3.
Before USciences come to Penn Park, they will play two more conference contests, facing Concordia at home. Due to weather, the doubleheader with Concordia has been postponed.
For the second-straight week, senior Alexis Borden was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week. In the final-five games, Borden allowed just one earned run across 14.1 innings for a 0.49 ERA. She tossed 15 strikeouts and now leads the Ivy League with 45.
Named the Ivy League's Player of the Week, junior captain Lauren Li earns the title for the first time in her collegiate career and finished a strong spring break campaign with a nine-game hit streak. Li batted .500 and slugged .643 in the final five games of the trip, scoring three runs and driving in two.
Outside of the Ivy League awards, Li was named College Madness’s Ivy Player of the Week (3/10) while sophomore Alexis Sargent was named this week’s Madness Ivy Player of the Week (3/17).