ITHACA, N.Y. – A great day of solid pitching at bats led the University of Pennsylvania softball team to two wins over Ivy League South Division foe Cornell on Saturday at the Niemand-Robison Field. It was a milestone of a day for senior pitcher Alexis Borden, who reached her 600th career strikeout in a 12-2 game-one win. In game two, freshman Mason Spichiger only allowed one hit across four innings to solidify an 8-4 win. On the day, junior captain Lauren Li hit .600, going 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI and an .800 slugging percentage. Freshman Jurie Joyner was 4-for7 at the plate and slugged 1.000 with the help of her fifth home run of the season. The Quakers return to Niemand-Robison Field on Saturday in hopes of completing the series sweep to stay on top in the South Division.
Game 1: Penn 12 (14-14, 5-4 Ivy), Cornell 2 (8-16, 2-7 Ivy)
WP: Alexis Borden (7-8), 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 K
LP: Maddie Orcutt (5-7), 4.0 IP, 7 H, 9 ER, 6 BB, 4 K
The Red and Blue got to work right away, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. With two outs and runners at first and third, sophomore Alexis Sargent dropped one into left field to bring junior captain Lauren Li in and put Penn on the board. Sophomore Leah Allen followed with a bunt, making it to first safely to load the bases for junior Korinne Raby. With a single through the left side, Raby drove in two more runs to give the Quakers a 3-0 lead.
It would remain that way until the Big Red scored one in the bottom of the second off a single up the middle. But needing just one more out, senior Alexis Borden ended the inning with a KS, bringing her career strikeout total to 600. Borden is now just the sixth pitcher in Ivy League history to reach the 600 mark.
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With two outs in the top of the fourth and senior captain Vanessa Weaver on third base, junior Kanani Datan drove Weaver in with a double to center and put the Red and Blue back up by four runs.
Four straight walks, a hit-by-pitch, and another walk in the top of the fifth extended Penn’s lead to 7-1. But the Quakers weren’t done yet as a single to center from senior captain Sydney Turchin brought one more in, and a groundout to second from Datan brought in another run. Li then jumped on the first pitch and ripped one to center field for a double and two RBI. A single-RBI from Joyner was the last of the scoring and the Red and Blue totaled eight runs in the inning for a 12-1 lead.
Cornell brought one in during the home half but Borden ended the game early with her eighth strikeout of the day, 12-2.
Game 2: Penn 8 (15-14, 6-4 Ivy), Cornell 2 (8-17, 2-8 Ivy)
WP: Mason Spichiger (2-1), 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
LP: Meg Parker (2-5), 7.0 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Penn once again put themselves on the board first with three runs in the top of the first. After Turchin stole home for the first run, Joyner hit her fifth home run of the season, bringing in Li with her. This time around, however, the Big Red responded sooner, matching the Quakers run-for-run.
The Red and Blue took the lead again when Turchin knocked in Weaver, dropping a base hit down the left field line. Cornell, keeping up, once again matched Penn to even the score out at 4-4.
Neither team added to the board in the third, but the Quakers were back on the board in the top of the fourth with two more runs. After getting on with a single, Allen moved to third when Raby drove a hit to right field that bounced off the top of the wall and into the outfield for a double. But, she didn’t stay there long as a single from Weaver brought her in safely and the score to 5-4. On a double steal at second and home, the Red and Blue added one more to their lead.
After Cornell led off with back-to-back hits, Sargent was relieved in the circle by freshman Mason Spichiger. The freshman gave up a single to the first batter she faced but forced two straight pop ups and then a groundout to get out of a bases loaded jam. It was the last chance the Big Red had to score as that hit would be the only one Spichiger would give up across the remaining innings.
With runners in scoring position and two outs in the top of the fifth, Raby brought both in with a single to center field for an 8-4 lead. It was the final time either team would score, and Penn finished the day ahead in the series 2-0.
Download: Cornell1 Boxscore.pdf