PHILADELPHIA – The Penn softball team (13-11, 3-1 Ivy) split its Ivy League doubleheader on Saturday afternoon against Dartmouth (13-13, 2-2), finishing its conference opening weekend with a 3-1 record. Alexis Borden suffered the loss in Game 1, halting Penn’s win streak at eight games – the longest since 1983 – but Lindsay Mann came back in Game 2 and took the victory.
WP: Kristen Rumley (11-5), 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 K
LP: Alexis Borden (6-7), 7 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
The Quakers got the jump on the Big Green to start the first game, scoring a run on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Samantha Erosa (1-for-3, RBI). That run would prove to be the only one of the game for Penn, though, as it went on to fall by a 4-1 final.
Dartmouth would eventually even the score one in the top of the third with one out. Borden would rebound and get out of the inning with minimal damage. Unfortunately, the next inning did not end as well for the sophomore as the Big Green put a three-spot on the scoreboard, extending its lead to three runs. With a runner on second, the Dartmouth left fielder would single home a run. Then, with one on and two outs, the Big Green’s shortstop hit a two-run home run to left center.
Game 2 saw the Penn bats awaken early, as the Quakers scored all three of their runs in the home half of the first inning. After Mann pitched a scoreless top half of the first, Sydney Turchin (1-for3, R, SB) led off the bottom of the first with a single – the sophomore would then steal second during the next at-bat. With two outs and Turchin on third, Brooke Coloma (1-for-3, R, RBI, SB) smacked a single to left center for an RBI. Then with Coloma on second after a swiped bag of her own, Penn’s third baseman Kayla Dahlerbruch (2-for-3, R, RBI) would hit and RBI single as well. Finally, Georgia Guttadauro (1-for-3, RBI) would wind up chasing Dartmouth’s Rumley from the pitching circle as the Penn junior hit an RBI double to left-center.
The Big Green would get one across in the top of the third courtesy of a solo shot, but with the score at 3-1 in favor of the Quakers, the offense would stop there. The two teams combined for four hits the rest of the game. Additionally, Li eventually came on in the top of the sixth with two outs after Mann hit a Dartmouth batter, and the freshman would earn her second career save by getting the final four outs of the contest.
The Red and Blue are scheduled to be back at Penn Park for another home doubleheader on April 3 against Monmouth. Game 1 is set to begin at 4 p.m. against the Hawks on Wednesday with the second game following. Live stats and live radio will be available for both contests and make sure to follow @UPennSoftball for live in-game updates and conversation.