PHILADELPHIA – In their final action prior to the beginning of conference play, the University of Pennsylvania softball team will play a doubleheader against Lehigh on Wednesday afternoon. The Quakers and Mountain Hawks are set for a 3 p.m. first pitch at Penn Park.
Last Time Out
The Quakers exploded for a 17 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Rider on Saturday afternoon. Alexis Sargent tossed a one-hit, 14-strikeout shutout of the Broncs in Game One, falling one out shy of tossing her first-career no-hitter.
In Game Two, it was the Leah Allen show, as the junior slammed three home runs—including two in the same inning. She finished the day by going 3-for-6 with five RBI. Sam Pederson also had a solid day at the plate, going 4-for-8 with a couple runs scored.
Scouting the Mountain Hawks
Lehigh will to be one of the Quakers’ toughest non-conference opponents, entering Wednesday with a record of 19-7. The Mountain Hawks have been especially impressive lately, winning five of their last six games—including a three-game sweep of Lafayette last weekend.
Offensively, the three-headed monster of Morgan Decker, Katie Schultz and Carolyn Wright—all of which are hitting over .400—have paved the way. Decker has been the star, leading the squad in hits (35), average (.467), RBI (24), and doubles (12).
Pitching and Slugging Duo
Juniors Alexis Sargent and Leah Allen have been nothing short of spectacular over the last couple of weeks. Sargent has tossed seven-consecutive complete games in the circle, and is now 8-1 on the year. On the other side, Allen is batting .435 (10-for-23) over her last eight games with five home runs and 17 RBI.
Sargent leads the Ivy League in almost every pitching category, while Allen paces the conference in RBI (23) and is second in slugging percentage (.741). Sargent leads the Ancient Eight in wins (8), ERA (1.01), innings pitched (55.1), and strikeouts (55).
Quaker Quick Hits
*Allen went 5-for-13 with eight RBI and three home runs in the doubleheader sweep of Rider.
*Freshman Sam Pederson leads the Quakers—and is second in the Ivy League—in batting average (.432) this season.
*Senior captain Lauren Li is fourth in the Ivies in batting average, and is tied for the team lead in extra-base hits (9).
*Alexis Sargent has given up the fewest earned runs in the Ivy League, while pitching the most innings. In fact, her 1.01 ERA ranks ninth in the entire nation.
Penn will begin Ivy League play this weekend with doubleheaders against Yale and Brown at Penn Park. The Quakers and Bulldogs are set for a 2 p.m. start on Friday, while the Bears visit on Saturday at noon.