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.
Penn softball took a resounding series win from Princeton this weekend, and have set itself up nicely for the season’s end.
Facing their bitter rivals at home in doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday, the Quakers bested the Tigers in the weekend’s first three games before dropping the fourth and final game in a close loss.
The Quakers may have won three out of four games against a color but the Dragons were an entirely different beast.
After taking three of four games from Cornell last weekend, the Red and Blue were dropped by their hometown rival Drexel, 8-0, in a nonconference matchup at Drexel Field.
The score told the whole story in Wednesday’s West Philadelphia matinee.
Penn claimed three of its four weekend games against Cornell, winning in comeback fashion in its final game on Sunday to keep pace with the rest of the Ivy League South Division.
Mother Nature and Villanova combined to give Penn softball an awfully rude welcome home on Wednesday.
The Wildcats dominated the Quakers, opening up a huge lead and withstanding a late rally en route to an 8-4 victory.
The date was April 13, 2014.
Those of you with keen memories will remember this day as the Sunday of last year’s Fling weekend.
After a weekend road trip, Penn softball is looking forward to staying close to home.
In the midst of the Ivy League stretch, Penn will face local rival Villanova at Penn Park on Wednesday.
It wasn’t quite the weekend Penn softball expected.
After taking three of four games from Harvard and powerhouse Dartmouth last weekend, the Red and Blue seemed primed for a strong outing this weekend.
Peaks and valleys? Try Mount Everest and the Grand Canyon.
Penn softball split a doubleheader with lowly nonconference foe Lafayette on Wednesday evening.
Coming into 2015, Penn softball pitcher and first baseman Alexis Sargent had already recorded the eighth-most home runs in program history, notched the school's fifth-lowest career earned run average, been named second-team All-Ivy and led the Quakers to the Ivy League Championship series.
All in her rookie season.
Sargent’s tremendous debut in 2014 wasn’t totally unexpected, as the Virginia native joined the Red and Blue after being named to the All-State team three times in high school, among numerous other accolades.
Not a bad way to start things off.
Penn softball took three of four Ivy League games over the weekend, splitting with Dartmouth on Friday and sweeping Harvard on Sunday.
When she strides across home plate to take her lefty stance inside the batter’s box, you might not expect anything out of the ordinary from Sydney Turchin.
What was a freshman-heavy roster last year has now blossomed into a more mature, more aggressive squad. Penn looks poised to burst through the barrier from a good team to a truly dominant team.
Come May 3, Penn softball is hoping for a little deja vu
Non-conference games have just not been kind to Penn softball this season. In what was the team’s final game before the all important Ivy League Championship Series, Penn fell to Big Five rival Villanova.
The Quakers silenced the Columbia Lions with three resounding victories to clinch the South Division title and an Ivy League Championship berth.
After stumbling in their midweek matchup with Monmouth, the
Quakers (15-18, 10-5 Ivy) return to Ivy League play for their final conference
action of the regular season when they take on Columbia in a home-and-home
four-game series this weekend