PHILADELPHIA - Mikenzie Voves pitched arguably the best game of her young Penn career, but it was not enough as the Quakers (18-21-1, 9-10 Ivy) could not solve the two-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Year from Cornell, Elizabeth Dalrymple. In a classic pitcher's duel, Voves and Dalrymple exchanged zeroes all the way until the bottom of the seventh inning. In the bottom of the seventh, Cornell (27-20, 12-7 Ivy) scratched across the first run of the game to walk off with the win and the Ivy League South Division title.
When the game started, the Quakers looked like they were going to be able to jump out in front early. In the top of the first, Elysse Gorney drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed over to second by Samantha Erosa. Alisha Prystowsky was then hit by the Cornell offering to put two runners on base, but they would both be stranded at the end of the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Cornell put runners on first and third with just one out, but Voves worked her way out of the early jam. Erosa fielded a grounder with one out and cut down the run at the plate trying to score on the play, putting two away. From there, Voves would take the last out herself, one of six strikeouts she had on the day.
In the bottom of the third, Cornell once again put runners on the corners, but Voves was once again up to the challenge. With just one out, Voves got the Big Red batter to chase a pitch in the dirt and when the ball bounced, the runner from first took off, but Prystowsky gunned her down at second to complete the double play and get Penn out of the inning.
During the fourth and fifth, Voves continued to dominate the Cornell lineup. She allowed a single to start both innings, but quickly rebounded and got the next three outs in each frame. However, Dalrymple was just as good during those two innings, allowing just one runner during that span, a two-out walk to Kayla Dahlerbruch.
Penn got its first hit of the game in the top of the sixth when Erosa singled into centerfield with one down, but Penn could not move her around and she was stranded at first. In turn, Voves retired the side in order in the bottom of the frame on ground balls to the middle infielders. Heading to the seventh, neither side had been able to scratch across a run.
In the top of the seventh, Jessica Melendez singled into right center with one out, but was also stranded there at the end of the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Cornell would scratch across the first run of the game. After a leadoff single, Voves got a strikeout to put one away, but another single put runners on first and second. A defensive error would load up the bases and Cornell would have its third crack at scoring with a runner on third and less than one out in the game.
A grounder to Dahlerbruch, who came home to get the force at the plate, put two away and Penn looked like it may be able to escape the jam again. However, an infield single would doom the Quakers as Cornell walked off with the game and the division crown.
Despite the outcome of today's game, Penn ends the season with 18 victories overall for the fifth time in six seasons. Prior to the 2006 season, Penn had never reached that mark in the history of the program.