Clicking on All Cylinders, Softball Completes Four-Game Sweep of Princeton
PHILADELPHIA - Mikenzie Voves and Cailyn Hennessy threw another pair of gems Sunday against Princeton (13-21, 4-8 Ivy) to pick up victories in games one and two. The Penn offense also added 16 runs over the two games to add some insurance and give their pitchers a lead to work with. With a 7-2 win in game one and a 9-2 win in game two, Penn (14-16-1, 6-6 Ivy) completed the four-game sweep over their South Division opponents.
Game 1: Penn 7 Princeton 2
In game one, Voves got the ball after her strong outing on Friday against Princeton and she was once again solid against the Tiger offense on Sunday. Voves started off the game shutting out Princeton in the first inning, but the Penn offense would also be held scoreless in the bottom of the inning.
In the second, Voves quickly got two outs, but surrendered a two-out single that was followed by a walk and two more singles, which brought home the first run of the game for Princeton. Voves would get out of the jam as she got the infield pop out to Kayla Dahlerbruch at third to strand the bases loaded.
Penn was unable to score in the bottom of the inning and Princeton added another run in the third. After back-to-back walks to start off the inning, Princeton sacrificed the runners to second and third with one out. Voves got a big out on a grounder back to the pitcher, but a two-out wild pitch would make the score 2-0 Princeton. A diving stop by Samantha Erosa at second base would keep the either runner stranded at third, taking away what looked to be a single off the bat. This would be the last inning Princeton would get on the board against Voves.
Penn could not crack the Princeton pitcher, Alex Peyton, the first time through the order and went to the fourth down 2-0. In the fourth, Voves quickly got two outs again before surrendering a bunt single, but came back with a strikeout to set down the Tigers in the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth, Penn would get to the Princeton pitching. Erosa led off the inning with a single back through the middle and Alisha Prystowsky was hit by a pitch to put two on. After a strikeout, a wild pitch would move the runners up to second and third. Princeton would uncork another wild pitch allowing Erosa to score and when the pitcher could not control the throw from the catcher when she was covering home, Prystowsky scored all the way from second to tie the game at two.
Pitching ruled the fifth as neither side could score and Voves set down the Princeton side in order in the sixth to maintain the 2-2 tie. That set the stage for Penn to break the game open in the bottom of the sixth.
Elysse Gorney beat out an infield single to start the inning and Erosa went to sacrifice the game winning run to second base, but her bunt was perfectly placed and she reached on the infield single. Prystowsky was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Brooke Coloma then worked a walk that forced in Gorney and gave Penn the lead. Dahlerbruch was then hit by a 1-2 pitch and another run was forced home. Jessica Melendez would then move all the runners up with her RBI groundout to the second baseman that scored the third run of the inning and moved the other runners to second and third. Kelsey Wolfe then put an exclamation point on the inning with her single into left field, scoring Coloma and Laura Placentra, who was on to run for Dahlerbruch, for the final two runs of the inning.
Voves would then slam the door on game one in the seventh for her second complete game of the weekend. She went seven innings, scattering two hits and struck three on the day. Penn was very efficient on the offensive side of things as the Quakers scored seven runs on just five hits, taking advantage of Princeton's wildness on the mound in the fourth and sixth innings.
Game 2: Penn 9 Princeton 2
In game two, Hennessy got the ball and she would also do a great job backing up her performance from Friday. Hennessy retired the first two batters, but a key defensive error would come around to score and give Princeton the early lead. Penn would not wait around in game two to jump on the Tigers though.
Gorney started off Penn's first with an infield single, but after two consecutive outs, she was still standing on first. She would not wait around much longer as she stole second and Coloma walked to put two on base. Dahlerbruch was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Melendez fought back from a 1-2 count and drew the bases loaded walk to force in a run. Wolfe would then deliver a two RBI smash through the right side, making the score 3-1 after the first.
Hennessy retired the side in order in the second and Penn would get right back to work in the bottom of the inning. Gorney drew a one-out walk and stole second. After a fly out, Prystowsky crushed the Princeton offering to straight away centerfield for her fourth home run of the year, giving Penn a 5-1 lead.
In the third, Hennessy would retire the Princeton side in order. The Tigers would put runners on second and third with just one out in the fourth, but Hennessy would get a foul out that was taken by Dahlerbruch and strikeout leaving the Princeton runners stranded.
Penn continued to build on its lead in the fourth. Stephanie Caso and Gorney led off the inning with back-to-back singles and after a fielder's choice cut down Caso at third, Prystowsky doubled down the left field line scoring a pair. After moving over to third on the throw home the previous play, Prystowsky would score on an RBI groundout by Coloma to the shortstop. After four, Penn had built its lead to 8-1.
In the fifth, Hennessy retired the first batter on a strikeout and following a one-out bunt, Penn turned an around the horn double play to get through the fifth.
Princeton looked to try and get back in the game during the sixth when the Tigers loaded the bases with nobody out. With the big lead, Penn traded an out for a run with a groundout to Caso at short. Penn would then turn its second double play in as many innings as a grounder to Erosa was turned nicely by Caso who fired to first getting Penn out of any potential danger.
Erosa would add Penn's final run of the day after she doubled down the left field line and would move to third on a passed ball and score on a wild pitch to make the score 9-2. This was more than enough for Hennessy who got three outs that did not leave the infield to pick up her fourth victory of the season. She also scattered seven hits over the game, while walking just one with only one run being earned. Penn was once again very efficient offensively as the Quakers scored nine runs on eight hits. Prystowsky, Gorney, and Caso all had a pair of hits for Penn in game two.
The two victories on Sunday, coupled with the wins on Friday give Penn the season sweep over Princeton. This was the first time that Penn has swept Princeton in a season series during Coach Leslie King's tenure at Penn.
These victories also put Penn firmly in second place in the South Division of the Ivy League. After a Cornell split with Columbia this afternoon, the Quakers are just one and a half games behind first place Cornell in the standings. Cornell has a make-up game tomorrow from this weekend with Columbia that was rescheduled during the bad weather this weekend. Penn will travel to Ithaca this Saturday and Sunday to play four critical games between the top two teams right now in the South Division. The Quakers also have a mid-week game this Wednesday as they will walk across campus to play Drexel at 4 p.m.