Softball Run-Rules Columbia Twice on Friday
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The third inning was the charm on Friday for the Penn offense as it broke both games open in that inning. Penn (17-19-1, 8-8 Ivy) scored eight times in the third in game one and six times in the third of game two on its way to run-ruling Columbia (16-28, 6-12 Ivy) twice on the road. The Quakers had 11 hits in each game on their way to the 12-4 and 9-0 victories that both ended after five innings. Mikenzie Voves picked up her 10th win of the year in game one, while Cailyn Hennessy threw a complete game shutout in the second game, improving to 5-2 on the year and helping Penn to the sweep.
Game 1: Penn 12 Columbia 3, 5 innings
In game one, Columbia got off to a quick start with two runs in the home half of the first inning. After two runners reached base on an error and a two-out walk, Maggie Johnson gave the Lions the early lead with a double into the right-centerfield gap.
The early lead would not last long for Columbia as Penn answered with two of its own in the second. Meg Krasne got the inning started with a one-out single and Kelsey Wolfe put runners on second and third with her double into the right-centerfield gap. Laura Placentra, who was on to run for Kranse would score Penn's first run of the day on Stephanie Caso's single into centerfield, making the score 2-1. With runners on first and third, Penn executed the double steal to perfection as Caso drew the throw to second and Wolfe broke for the plate to tie the game at two.
Voves rebounded nicely in the second inning to retire the Columbia side in order. The Penn offense would break the first game open in the top of the third. Brooke Coloma started the big inning with a single and Kayla Dahlerbruch followed that hit up with a free pass to first. After the first out of the inning, Krasne and Wolfe worked back-to-back walks, forcing in the first run of the inning. Caso would clear the bases in her at-bat with a three-RBI double into left field. Elysse Gorney would then reach base legging out the infield single and Alisha Prystowsky would walk to reload the bases.
Coloma would then bring home two more runs with her single back through the middle. With runners on the corners, Penn once again worked the double steal to perfection as Prystowsky stole home for the seventh run of the inning. Dahlerbruch would then single home Coloma for the final run of Penn's eight run inning, which made the score 10-2 after three and a half.
Columbia got two of those runs back in the bottom of the third, but Voves would escape further damage getting a swinging strikeout to end the inning and strand two runners. Penn kept on the offensive in the fourth inning, scoring two more times to stretch its lead back to eight.
Caso led off the fourth with a single and Samantha Erosa would bring her home with the third home run of her sophomore season. This made the score 12-4 and from there Voves cruised to her 10th win of the season. Over the last two innings, Voves allowed just two hits and the eight run lead that Penn had built ended the game after five innings, giving Penn its first run-rule victory of the season.
Penn finished the first game with 11 hits and contributions from the entire lineup. Eight out of the nine Penn starters recorded hits in game one and all nine reached base. Caso led the offense with three hits and four RBI's, while Erosa and Coloma also had two RBI's for Penn in game one.
Game 2: Penn 9 Columbia 0, 5 innings
In game two, the Penn offense was held in check for the two innings of the game, but Hennessy was just as impressive during that span as she allowed just a pair of singles in the first inning and retired the side in order in the second.
In the third inning, Penn had its second huge inning of the day as the Quakers put up six to storm out in front early. Once again, Caso was right in the middle of things as she started the inning off with a one-out single. Gorney followed that up with another single and Erosa was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Prystowsky and Coloma kept the inning going with back-to-back singles that scored two runs as Penn continued to move station-to-station on the base paths. Dahlerbruch delivered the first extra base hit of the second game for Penn as her double into left field brought home two more runs. Jessica Melendez put the ball in play after that and was rewarded with an RBI groundout. Penn would score its last run of the third on a defensive error by the Lions and take a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the third.
In the bottom of the third and fourth innings, Hennessy continued to hold the Columbia offense off the board as she allowed just two more hits over that span to preserve the 6-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Coloma and Dahlerbruch got another Penn rally started with back-to-back singles to start the frame. Melendez got the third hit of the inning and Penn extended its lead to 7-0 on her RBI single. After the first out of the inning, Wolfe brought home two more runs that made the score 9-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
Hennessy just continued to hold the Lion offense at bay in the fifth inning and the 9-0 score after five gave Penn its second run-rule victory of the day. Hennessy also threw the first complete game shutout by a Penn pitcher this season in the process
Penn racked up another 11 hits in game two as Gorney, Coloma, Dahlerbruch, and Caso all had two hit games for the Quaker offense. Dahlerbruch, Wolfe, Melendez also knocked in two runs each and eight different Quakers scored in the second game.
Penn and Columbia will now play the second doubleheader of their series tomorrow afternoon at Warren Field. The first doubleheader will get underway at 2 p.m. If Penn is within two games of first-place Cornell at the end of Saturday, both the Quakers and Big Red will have to play a makeup doubleheader from the early series with Cornell. Penn is currently two back in the South Division after Cornell split with Princeton on Friday.
Live Stats and a Live Blog will be available for both games tomorrow. This will also be the final home game for Penn's class of graduating seniors that will be honored before tomorrow's games.