PHILADELPHIA -- Behind a perfect game from freshman pitcher Alexis Borden, Penn downed Cornell, 4-0, to advance to the 2012 Ivy League Championship Series.
After the Big Red and Quakers finished the regular season tied atop the South Division standings, the teams met for the first ever one-game playoff in League history and Borden silenced the Cornell bats en route to the victory.
Penn will now play at North Division champions Harvard on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 at the Crimson's Soldiers Field. The best-of-three series will include two games on Friday and a game on Saturday, if necessary. Friday's game one is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.
The Quakers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third and then added three more in the bottom of the sixth. Elysse Gourney led the Quaker offense with three RBI on the day, while Sydney Turchin and Samantha Erosa each added two hits. Borden improved to 24-4 on the season with a 1.33 ERA.
Cornell pitcher Alyson Onyon went the distance and yielded seven hits but only one earned run. Se drops to 14-5 on the year.