PHILADELPHIA – In their final mid-week doubleheader of the season, the University of Pennsylvania softball team will host Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday at Penn Park. The Quakers and Hawks are set for a 3 p.m. first pitch live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Penn is coming off a series loss to Princeton on the road last weekend, dropping three of four to the Tigers. The Quakers continued their trouble in close games, falling twice in walk-off fashion–once on Saturday and once on Sunday. Penn’s lone win came in the form of a gem off the hand of Lauren Li. The senior captain tossed a four-hit shutout of the Tigers in Game Two of the series. The Red and Blue now sit four games back of Princeton in the Ivy South standings with eight contests to go.
Other notable performers for Penn over the weekend included Leah Allen and Sarah Cwiertnia. Allen tied a pair of Penn’s all-time records on Saturday. The junior slugger smacked her fifth triple of 2016, which tied Laurie Nestler for most in a single season. Allen then launched her 24th career home run, tying another one of the Penn's all-time marks (Laurie Nestler).
Cwiertnia erupted with three doubles, a triple and a home run against the Tigers. The freshman finished the weekend hitting a blistering 6-for-12 with four RBI.
Scouting the Hawks
Saint Joseph’s enters Wednesday with an overall mark of 16-17-1, and a 4-7-1 record in the Atlantic-10. If you count their tie against Dayton, the Hawks have been in 10 one-run games this season—holding a record of 1-8-1.
Saint Joe’s ranks third in the A-10 in both pitching (.256 ERA) and team hitting (.265 batting average) this season. The Hawks’ middle of the order of Kaylyn Zierke, Sarah Yoos and Brandi Harkness have carried the offensive load. In addition to each batting over .300, the trio has combined for 16 home runs and 67 RBI.
Quaker Quick Hits
*Allen knocked in three more runs over the weekend, upping her RBI total to 33 (leads the Ivy League) this season and an even 100 for her career.Allen already holds Penn’s all-time single-season RBI record with 43 (freshman season).
*Alexis Sargent struck out 10 last weekend, and continues to lead the Ivy League in punch-outs this season (97).
*Sam Pederson is currently on a seven-game hitting streak, and now ranks sixth in the Ivy League in hitting (.368). She is 9-for-24 during this span, with three runs scored and a pair of walks. Pederson has a knock in 22-of-30 games since entering the starting lineup on March 6.
*With Cwiertnia’s monstrous weekend at Princeton, she is now third on the team in batting average (.333) and second in slugging percentage (.493).
*It has been a season of close calls for the Quakers, as they now stand 0-5 in extra-inning games and have lost a trio of contests in walk-off fashion.
*Penn has been getting younger and younger this season, capped off by a starting lineup of three freshmen and two sophomores in the doubleheader against Princeton on Sunday.