PHILADELPHIA - After
being named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice already this season, freshman
Alexis Borden has now been named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, making this
her third weekly honor in the first five weeks of the season. Last week, Penn
went a perfect 6-0, including sweeps over Brown and Yale in the first Ivy weekend. Borden pitched in four games, including three Ivy contests, receiving the winning decision in each of those games.
Starting out the week against La Salle, Borden fired a two-hit shutout last Wednesday against the visiting Explorers, helping the Quakers run-rule La Salle in six innings during the first game. Both of Borden's hits that she surrendered went for singles. She only walked two additional hitters, while striking out nine on the day.
To open up Ivy League play, Borden was called on twice against Brown. Starting game one, Borden threw another complete game, going seven innings and allowing her only three earned runs of the week. However, she struck out a season-high 12 batters as Penn won, 7-4.
Her night was not done though as Penn called upon her in relief in the second game. She came in during the sixth inning of game two and pitched 3.1 innings, allowing just two hits and two walks, while striking out four and not allowing a run to cross the plate. Penn would score in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off with the 5-4 win.
After throwing 10.1 innings on Friday, Borden was back in
the circle Satuday for game one against Yale. Showing no signs of fatigue from
the night before, she fired her second shutout of the week. She would allow
just three hits and one walk, with only one hit, a double, going for extra
bases and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. In the end, Penn would
need the shutout as Yale's starter allowed just one run in the Quakers' 1-0 victory.
For the week, Borden was a perfect 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA. She allowed just 14 hits and seven more walks in 23.1 innings of work, only allowing the three earned runs in game one against Brown. She also struck out 31 batters last week.
Borden (12-2, 1.18 ERA) has now thrown a complete game in each of the last 11 games that she has started. She leads the Ivies in wins, ERA, shutouts, and innings pitched. She is also second in the league in strikeouts with 100 through her first 94.1 innings this year. She ranks 19th nationally in ERA and 56th in all of Division I in victories.
In addition to Borden, Sydney Turchin and Jessica Melendez were named the Ivy League weekly honor roll. Melendez led the offensive attack for Penn against Brown on Friday. In the doubleheader, she combined to hit three home runs and drive in seven runs in just two games. For the week, she scored or drove in a run in all but one game, finishing with six runs scored and nine RBI to go along with a .737 slugging percentage.
Turchin reached base in every game last week, finishing with
nine runs scored in the six games. She finished with a hit in five of the six
games, including all four Ivy League games. In addition to her seven hits, she
drew five walks and was hit-by-pitch once, while going three-for-three in stolen base attempts. She finished last week with a .438
batting average and .591 on-base percentage.
The Quakers will be back in action this Friday and Saturday as they make the first Ivy League road trip of the season. Friday's doubleheader with Dartmouth starts at 2 p.m., while the doubleheader with Harvard begins at 12:30 p.m.