Softball Takes Two in Marathon Day with Harvard

PHILADELPHIA -- After seven hours of softball on Sunday at Penn Park, the University of Pennsylvania softball team emerged victorious with two wins over Harvard: 10-4, 15-14 (8 inn.). The Quakers handled the Crimson in game one, out hitting the Ancient Eight foe 13-10, but went into extra innings for game two. Senior captain Vanessa Weaver, who had a hot day at the plate going 5-7 (.714), finally ended it in the bottom of the eighth with a walk-off hit that landed just over the first baseman. But Weaver wasn’t the only one who hit well above .500.

Freshman Jurie Joyner led the team hitting .750 (6-8) that included a perfect 4-4 plate performance in game two. The freshman slugged 1.625 with the help from four doubles and a three-run homer. Joining the pair, junior captain Lauren Li also hit .714 (5-7), going 3-3 in game one, and slugged 1.286 that included one double and a two-run homer. Penn is now 11-9 overall, 3-1 Ivy and will return to Penn Park on Wednesday, April 1 for a doubleheader with Lafayette starting at 4 p.m.

A Look at the Doubleheader Numbers

Name

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

bb

k

sb

cs

avg

obp

slg

Harvard

73

18

28

3

1

1

18

4

16

5

1

.391

.423

.493

Penn

69

25

27

6

0

2

25

13

12

2

0

.384

.494

.565

Name

ip

h

r

er

bb

k

hr

era

Harvard

13.2

27

25

18

13

12

2

9.22

Penn

15

28

18

10

4

16

1

4.67

Game 1 – Harvard (8-14-6, 1-2)
WP: Alexis Borden (4-6), 7.0 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

LP: Laura Ricciardone (4-5), 1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

The Quakers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, first scoring when sophomore Leah Allen was walked with bases loaded. A double from freshman Jurie Joyner knocked two more in and sophomore Lainey Dorris brought in the fourth with a sac fly to center. The Red and Blue wouldn’t lose the lead but Harvard came close scoring two in the top of the second and one more in the top of the third.

However, the Penn bats kept flying and with the bases loaded, junior captain Lauren Li knocked in the first run with a hit to shallow left. Allen recorded an RBI as did sophomore Alexis Sargent with a sac fly. Joyner topped off the scoring at five with her second double of the day.

One final run came in for the Quakers in the bottom of the fifth when Li was walked with bases loaded, and the Red and Blue took a 10-3 lead.

After a pop up to second and a KL in the top of the sixth, the Crimson tallied three singles in a row, bringing one run across to cut the deficit to six. However, the defense held on strong and a third out to the next batter ended the threat.

Two quick halves ended the first game, and the teams prepared for the next game. However, neither team prepared themselves for what was about to happen next.

Game 2 – Harvard (8-15, 1-3)
WP: Alexis Borden (5-6), 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

LP: Gabrielle Ruiz (0-2), 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Complete pandemonium erupted from the home dugout and stands as the Quakers rushed out onto the field to celebrate their second victory of the day. The 2 hour and 45 minute first game was quick in comparison to the second, which lasted 3 hours and 25 minutes, but it was all worth it when the second victory of the day was sealed, thanks to a walk-off hit from senior captain Vanessa Weaver in the bottom of the eighth with two outs and bases loaded.

The offensively charged second game started off with a first-pitch three-run blast that cleared the park from freshman Jurie Joyner, and the Red and Blue once again were on the board first.

This time around, however, Harvard wasn’t going down easy and worked the plate, recording six hits and four runs in the top of the second to take the lead. After a quiet home half, the Crimson added two more in the top of the third.

With no runners and two out situation, Joyner smacked her third double of the day. Sophomore Alexis Sargent moved her to third with a single up the middle while junior Korinne Raby knocked her in with a double of her own to cut the deficit to 6-4.

The fourth inning would be the final time zeros would go up until much later in the game.

Harvard tacked on four more runs to their score in the top of the fifth for a 10-4 lead. But with Joyner leading off in the bottom half of the inning, the Quakers batted around the order and then some, recording a whopping seven runs on six hits, and chased yet another Crimson pitcher out of the circle. Joyner, Sargent, Raby, Weaver, and sophomore Leah Allen all recorded singles while junior captain Lauren Li hit a double to right center.

After that, it was a back-and-forth game, as Harvard regained the lead, 12-11, with a two-run homer, but the Red and Blue took it right back with a two-run homer lined over the right field wall by Li.

Two more for the Crimson in the top of the seventh made the score 14-13 in their favor.

Again with bases loaded, Harvard walked senior captain Sydney Turchin to tie things up at 14-14. However, it was all Penn would get as the teams moved into extra innings.

Penn’s resiliency shown bright in the next inning, after a quick top half.

Despite a pitching change, Li led off with a walk and moved to second on a groundout from Allen. A second walk to Joyner put two runners on and a passed ball allowed them to move over into scoring position. With a final walk to Sargent, Weaver came to the plate. Bases loaded. Two outs.

In the hole early, Weaver fought her way to a 2-2 count until she saw a pitch she liked. The ball seemed to hang in the air for a while as everyone held their breath. It landed in the middle of three fielders, just over the first baseman, and Li scored the winning run, 15-14.

A total of seven pitching changes were made with a total of eight pitchers tossing the second game.

This is what three hours and 25 minutes of softball looks like. Took two today from Harvard after a very long day! We're now 11-9 overall, 3-1 Ivy. #FightOnPenn #RingChasers 😥⚾

A photo posted by @penn_softball on Mar 29, 2015 at 5:10pm PDT


Download: Harvard Boxscore1.pdf