Penn Deals Softball Twinbill Sweep
|WP - Borden (7-8), LP - Christian (5-10)
2B-Penn: Turchin. HR-Penn: Allen 2 (11).
|WP - Sargent (6-4), LP - Brown (1-4), Save - Borden (1)
2B-Penn: Gorney; Princeton: Viggers. HR-Princeton: Worden (3).
Box Score & Play-by-Play: Game 1 | Game 2
|Penn solidified its position atop the Ivy South division Saturday by sweeping two games from the Princeton softball team by finals of 11-1 and 4-3. The wins put Penn two and a half games in front of Columbia and three and a half in front of Princeton with seven games to play for the Quakers and six for the Lions and Tigers.
The losses put great importance on Sunday's doubleheader. If the Tigers can sweep and climb back within a game and a half, Princeton would still be in the mix with an eye on the Penn-Columbia series next weekend while facing Cornell at '95 Field.
Penn broke open a tie game with 10 runs across the fourth and fifth innings to take a 10-run lead and retire the Tigers in the sixth to end Saturday's opener in run-rule fashion.
Even after Penn scored three runs in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead, Princeton was still in position to rally until the Quakers sent 10 batters to the plate in the fifth and pushed it into run-rule status on Leah Allen's second home run of the game and Ivy-leading 11th of the season, which made it 11-1.
In the second game, Princeton had chances late to rally, but some outstanding defensive plays by Penn kept the Quakers clinging to their one-run lead. Princeton's only extra-base hit of the day, a double down the right-field line by Emily Viggers, put the tying run on second with just one out in the sixth, but Skye Jerpbak and Rachel Rendina were robbed by a shoestring running catch in centerfield and by a diving stab at shortstop to keep Viggers in place. Princeton went in order in the seventh, and Penn had its doubleheader sweep.
|Cara Worden kept her hit streak going and smacked her team-best third home run of the season in game two to bring Princeton within 4-3 in the fifth inning. During her nine-game hit streak, Worden is hitting .444 (12 of 27) and went 3 of 6 in the doubleheader today.
|Katani Datan's two-run single for Penn in the fourth inning of game one made it 4-1 and gave the Quakers their first crooked number of the day on the scoreboard, picking up the second and third runs of the inning.
In the second game, Vanessa Weaver was the third straight Quaker to reach in the fifth inning, and her RBI single to score Korinne Raby turned out to be the game-winning run.
• Saturday's outcome makes Sunday's games effectively must-win contests for the Tigers to contend. Even with a split Sunday, depending on the outcome of the Cornell-Columbia doubleheader, the Tigers might be eliminated with Penn and Columbia going head-to-head next week.
|The series will wrap Sunday with Princeton and Penn meeting for a doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Class of 1895 Field.