Take a look at the statistical leaderboards from Penn softball’s 2015 season and one name appears over and over again: Jurie Joyner, Jurie Joyner, Jurie Joyner.
Thanks to Isaac Newton, it is a law of motion that an “object in motion tends to remain in motion.”
This principle, otherwise known as inertia, holds true for Dartmouth softball.
Imagine it’s the bottom of the sixth inning in the rubber match of the Ivy League Championship series, your team is up 3-2 and just three outs separate you from an Ancient Eight crown, an NCAA berth and a chance at glory.
Then, the opposing team drills in five runs, gains control of the lead in punishing fashion and all of that glory slips away.
Penn softball doesn’t have to imagine.
Penn softball has been firing on all cylinders recently, having won six of its last eight, and Jurie Joyner has played a big role in the team’s thriving offense.
Contrary to the sport’s name, Penn softball balled awfully hard this weekend.
The Red and Blue took three out of four games in a home-and-home matchup with Columbia this weekend, which — coupled with a pair of losses by Princeton — clinched the Ivy League South Division title for the Quakers. Having wrapped up the division, Penn will now square off with Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship Series for the third consecutive season.
The Red and Blue's weekend started Saturday afternoon when they squared off with the Lions in the Big Apple.
It’s familiar territory for Penn softball. Win this weekend and there will be playoff softball at Penn Park again this year.