PHILADELPHIA – Penn’s Alexis Borden tossed a pair of gems and used four home runs to guide the Quakers to a pair of wins over the Columbia softball team in the first two games of a four-game series. Penn took game one, 10-1, and game two, 9-1, both in five innings.

The Lions (21-21, 8-10) wrap up the season and series at the Baker Athletics Complex with a doubleheader against the Quakers (17-18, 12-5) beginning at 12:30 p.m. Prior to the game, Columbia will honor seniors Amy Niedzwecki and Emily Snodgrass in their final home contest.

Game One
Columbia 0, Penn 10 (5 Inn.)

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Penn wasted no time in the first inning, scoring three runs on an error on a double steal attempt a bases loaded walk and an RBI single by Korinne Raby.

Kristen Johnson led off the second with a solo shot and Leah Allen blasted a grand slam homer to extend the lead to 8-0. The Quakers tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to cap the scoring.

Alix Cook had two of Columbia’s three hits for the contest. Emily Kenyon lasted just five batters and allowed three runs to drop to 5-5 on the year.

Full stats to follow.

Game Two
Columbia 1, Penn 9 (5 Inn.)

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Penn started game two just like the opener, applying pressure early on. With runners on first and third, Allen attempted to steal second and Kanani Datan took off for home and beat out a wild throw to the plate. Later in the inning, Alex Sargent belted a three-run shot, her seventh dinger of the season, to make it 4-0.

Alix Cook continued her fine work at the plate with an RBI double to bring in Mackensy Lakian, cutting the deficit to three runs.

However, the Quakers poured it on in the bottom of the fifth, scoring five times including another long ball from Sargent and a two-run single by Elysse Gorney for the unconventional walk-off win.

Lakian had a pair of doubles and Alix Cook was 2-for-3. Brooke Darling fell to 8-9, going 4.1 innings in the circle.