Strong Bats Propel Softball to Split with Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a heartbreaking game one loss, the University of Pennsylvania softball team took command in game two to split Saturday’s doubleheader with Yale at Dewitt Family Field. Six runs in the fourth inning fueled the Quakers’ 12-7 win, after dropping the first game in the seventh inning, 2-1. Five Quakers hit over .300 on the day: freshman Hayley Metcalf, junior captain Lauren Li, sophomore Alexis Sargent, senior captain Vanessa Weaver, and senior captain Sydney Turchin. Playing only in game two, Metcalf was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. Li saw action in both games and went 4-for-8, slugging 1.250, driving in four runs, hitting a home run, and totaling 10 bases. Sargent, Weaver, Turchin each hit .333. The Red and Blue are now 13-13 overall, 4-4 Ivy.

A Look at the Doubleheader Numbers

Name

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

bb

k

sb

cs

avg

obp

slg

Yale

52

9

15

1

0

1

6

6

12

1

1

.288

.373

.365

Penn

62

13

19

2

3

2

13

2

10

3

0

.306

.368

.532

Name

ip

h

r

er

bb

k

hr

era

Yale

14

19

13

12

2

10

2

6.00

Penn

13.1

15

9

4

6

12

1

2.10

Game 1 – Yale (5-9, 2-1 Ivy)
WP: Francesca Casalino (4-2), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

LP: Alexis Borden (6-8), 6.1 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

With two outs in the top of the first, junior captain Lauren Li put Penn on the board with a solo shot over the left field fence. Yale threatened to score in the home half, but the Quaker defense held the Bulldogs at bay.

After starting the game off with a bang, things turned as a pitching duel between senior Alexis Borden and freshman pitcher Francesca Casalino ensued. The veteran and rookie battled in the circle, going the distance for their respective teams. In the end, Casalino earned the win in the bottom of the seventh when Yale scored two off of a passed ball.

Game 2 – Yale (5-10, 2-2 Ivy)
WP: Lauren Li (4-1), 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

LP: Lindsay Efflandt (1-8), 3.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

While the Bulldogs recorded the first hit of the game in the bottom of the second, it was the Red and Blue who were on the board first. With runners at second and third, Li dropped a hit into shallow right center to bring freshman Hayley Metcalf home for a 1-0 lead. Two more came in off a triple to right field from Sargent, bringing her RBI total to 25, and Penn took a 3-0 lead.

After a quiet home half, the Quakers brought the heat in the top of the fourth inning, scoring a total of six runs for a 9-0 lead. Sophomore Sydney Kranzmann started a string of four back-to-back hits, with senior captain Sydney Turchin and junior Kanani Datan each knocking a runner in with singles to left field. Yale changed pitchers but the Red and Blue stayed hot as Li dropped a double just inside the right field line to bring the lead to 7-0. Freshman Jurie Joyner then cleared the deck with a two-run homer to left center.

The Bulldogs went down in order in the home half, and Penn picked up right where the team had left off. Two more back-to-back hits from Kranzmann and Metcalf chased another Yale pitcher out of the circle but the bases were soon loaded as Turchin was hit by a pitch. It wasn’t until Joyner was back at the plate that the Quakers on the bags would move. A single through the right side brought in Kranzmann and Metcalf to extend the Red and Blue’s lead to 11-0.

Allowing just one hit in four innings, Li found herself in a jam in the bottom of the fifth and was relieved by Borden after the Bulldogs scored four runs. Yale wasn’t quite finished yet, scoring three more to bring the score to 11-7.

The Red and Blue began their momentum again after Weaver and Metcalf hit singles to right field. However, the Bulldogs made one final pitching change, bringing Casalino back in. This time, the plan worked as she was able to shut down the Penn offense from recording another hit that inning.

But the Quakers were back at the plate after three straight outs.

An error by Yale’s centerfielder allowed Li to reach safely. She would then make it all the way home on a triple down the right field line from Allen, making the score 12-7.

The Bulldogs had one final chance and started the bottom of the seventh with two runners on after a hit to left field and a walk. However, three straight outs ended their chances and the game.

League Leaders
Despite the tough weekend, the Quakers continue to rank among the top in the League. As a team, the Red and Blue have hit the most doubles (41) and have thrown the most strikeouts (161), while tying for first with six triples and 118 RBI. Penn also has the second most hits (204), runs (124), stolen bases (35), and batting average (.284).

Individually, freshman Jurie Joyner remains in contention for the batting average title, sitting in third at .439. Additionally, she is second with 21 RBI. Sophomore Alexis Sargent remains a top of the rankings with 25 RBI and sophomore Leah Allen (tied for third with 18) and junior captain Lauren Li (fifth with 17) join Sargent and Joyner in the ranks. Defensively, senior Alexis Borden holds steady at the top of the list with 96 strikeouts.

For the complete list of League leaders, click here.

Download: Yale boxscore1.pdf