Softball Sets Sights on Division Crown With Home-and-Home Series with Penn
COMPLETE GAME NOTES
NEW YORK - Columbia will be in search of its first Ivy League Divisional Championship when they take on Penn in a home-and-home series to wrap up the regular season. The Lions and Quakers will square off twice in Philadelphia on Friday before bringing the series back to New York for a twinbill on Saturday.
COLUMBIA AT PENN
FRIDAY, APRIL 25 • 2 P.M.
PENN PARK • PHILADELPHIA
COLUMBIA VS. PENN
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 • 12:30 P.M.
COLUMBIA SOFTBALL STADIUM • NEW YORK
The Lions worked themselves back into the Ivy League South Division race with a series win at Cornell last weekend. Columbia opened things up with two wins on Saturday and won the finale on Easter Sunday to even its record to 8-8 in the Ancient Eight ranks. First-years Alyssa Rodia and Shelby Unger were the catalysts offensively, combining to drive in 12 of the Lions’ 25 runs against the Big Red.
The Quakers played a midweek single game at Monmouth on Wednesday, falling 4-2. Last weekend, Penn won its series at Princeton to remain in first place in the South Division.
Offensively, the Quakers are led by Leah Allen, who is hitting .411 - good for second in the Ivy League - and leads the conference with 11 home runs, 34 RBI and an .804 slugging percentage. Four other regulars boast averages over .300 (Kayla Dahlerbruch - .319, Sydney Turchin - .316, Kanani Datan - .307, and Elysse Gorney - .301) and have five players with double-figure RBI.
Alexis Borden is Penn’s ace with an 8-8 record, 2.15 ERA and 105 innigns in 104 innings of work. Alexis Sargent is the primary No. 2 starter, holding a 6-5 mark, 2.21 ERA with 40 K’s in 57.0 innings. Courtney Cuzick has also started seven games on the year, made 17 appearances and is 0-4 with a 6.28 ERA to go with 27 strikeouts.
ABOUT THE MATCHUP
Columbia is 13-28 all-time against the Penn. Last season, the Quakers took 3-of-4 in the home-and-home series. The Lions have never won a four-game set with Penn and earned their last split in 2010.
IVY LEAGUE SOUTH DIVISION SCENARIOS
The Lions trail the Quakers by 2 ½ games, with Penn having to resume a halted game with Harvard next week. If the Lions sweep the series, they guarantee a spot in the Ivy League Championship series next weekend. If Columbia wins 3-of-4, they will have to await the completion of the suspended game that would resume with the score tied, 8-8, in the top of the seventh to see if a playoff would be required to seal the division title.