PROVIDENCE, R. I. - The tough road trip for Penn continued on Saturday as the team lost a pair of games to Brown in Ivy League Play. Brown (10-12-1, 3-5 Ivy) took the first game 9-4 and jumped out to the early 9-1 lead in game two. Penn (10-16-1, 2-6 Ivy) would mount a comeback in the last three innings, but fall just short as Brown came away with the 9-7 win at home.
In the first game, Penn looked to be in good position to score in the first after Elysse Gorney started off the game with a single into left and stole second to put a runner in scoring position with nobody out. However, Brown would get three straight strikeouts to strand Gorney at third after she moved up on an illegal pitch. In the bottom of the first, Brown would get on the board. Following a leadoff walk and a sacrifice bunt, a groundout to Samantha Erosa at second moved the runner to third. With two outs, a single into left field would bring home the first run of the game.
In the second inning, Penn could not get anything started offensively and Brown would add three more runs on to the scoreboard. After back-to-back singles put two runners on base, a double down the right field line brought home the first run of the inning. An illegal pitch was then called, allowing the second Brown runner to cross the plate that inning. The final run would score after an infield single that was stopped by the pitcher, but she could not find the ball in time to record an out.
In the top of third, Penn would get on the board when Erosa led off the inning with a single and Gorney followed her up with a double into right field. With runners on second and third and nobody out, Erosa would score on an illegal pitch, making the score 4-1. Brown would then get three consecutive outs while also holding the runner at third to escape with just the one run allowed. In the bottom of the inning, two runs would score on a double into centerfield that plated a runner that had walked and one that had also doubled earlier in the inning. After the two runs scored, Cailyn Hennessy would come in and shut the door on Brown to keep the score at 6-1 after three full innings.
In the fourth, Penn looked to be breaking out offensively. Kayla Dahlerbruch started the inning off with a double into right field and Kelsey Wolfe put two aboard with her walk. Meg Krasne would drive in Dahlerbruch on her double into left centerfield, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. After an infield popup, another illegal pitch was called and the second run of the inning was allowed to score. Erosa would then single in Krasne from third to cut the lead to 6-4. Nevertheless, Brown would escape further damage for the remainder of the inning.
Hennessy would continue to keep Penn in the game as she shutout Brown in the fourth and fifth innings to keep the score at 6-4. However, Brown was just as impressive during that span as it did not allow a base runner to Penn in the fifth and sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Penn looked to be on its way to trailing by just two heading into the last inning, but Brown scored three times with two outs to extend its lead to 9-4.
In Penn's final at bats, Brown would quickly retire the first two hitters before an infield single gave Penn one runner in the final inning. However, Brown would get the final out of the game on a fly into right.
Penn finished the game with seven hits, four of which came from Erosa and Gorney, who each had two in the game. Hennessy also had a very strong game one, going the final four innings and keeping Penn within striking distance the entire game.
In game two, Brown jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first. Penn looked like it had escaped from the first inning without any runs being scored after the defense turned a double play to end the inning with two on and one out. However, an illegal pitch, a common occurrence throughout both games, was called and the runners were allowed to move into scoring position. Brown would capitalize on the opportunity and single on the next pitch to bring home the first two runs and add a third shortly after.
In the second, Kelsey Wolfe doubled with one out and Krasne singled to put runners on the corners with one out, but a double play would end the Penn threat in the second inning. Brown would then add two more in the bottom of the frame. One of those runs came on an illegal pitch with a runner on third. On that play Penn had recorded an out which would have got the Quakers out of the inning, but the illegal pitch call nullified the out and scored the first run. Brown would single in the second run of the inning to extend the lead to 5-0.
In the third, Brown would tack on another run as Kat Stroebl led off the inning with her third home run of the season to make the score 6-0.
Penn would on the board in the fourth inning. Brooke Coloma drew a leadoff walk and advanced twice on two separate illegal pitch calls. After reaching third, Coloma was driven in on a Dahlerbruch double into centerfield, making the score 6-1. Brown would answer back in the bottom of the fourth with three more and make the score 9-1 after four innings.
Needing runs to keep the game alive, Penn tried to mount a comeback starting in the fifth. Gorney doubled into center field with one out and she would be driven in on an Alisha Prystowsky double to right with two outs. Coloma would then deliver the big blow of the inning with her third home run of the season that cut the lead to 9-4.
Hennessy would retire the Brown side in order in the bottom of the inning, giving Penn another chance to get right back to bat in the sixth.
Wolfe doubled to start the inning and hustled over to third on an infield grounder. An illegal pitch call would score her from there and Penn would trail 9-5 after the half inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Brown loaded up the bases with one out, but on a fly ball to right the Bears tried to tag up and score. However, Coloma had other ideas as she unleashed a bullet from right field and gunned the runner down at the plate. Prystowsky made the tag and hung on and Penn went to the seventh down four.
In Penn's final at bats, Erosa starting the inning off with a single and Prystowsky then homered to make the score 9-7 with nobody retired yet. In the end, Brown would regain control of the game as the Bears recorded outs against the next three hitters to take the 9-7 victory.
Hennessy had another strong outing in game two, going the last 2.2 innings and allowing just one run to score. However, Brown earned five runs in the first two innings after Penn thought it had recorded the final out of the inning. However, illegal pitch calls would nullify the outs and came back to haunt Penn in the end.
The Quakers will get back into the Ivy portion of the season next Saturday against Princeton. Penn will play host to the Tigers on both Saturday and Sunday for doubleheaders. Both days feature a 12:30 p.m. start time.