PHILADELPHIA -- In a matchup that has historically been tough for the University of Pennsylvania softball team, the Quakers dropped both games in the doubleheader with Saint Joseph’s on Sunday afternoon. Playing in the bitter cold, the Red and Blue first fell to the Hawks 5-2, followed by a 5-0 loss. Senior tri-captain Elysse Gorney knocked in Penn’s two runs of the day with her first home run of the season. Penn currently stands with a 4-9 record.
Game 1 – Saint Joseph’s (10-10)
WP: Anna Lauterbach (2-2), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
LP: Alexis Borden (2-5), 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 7 K
The first three innings went fairly quickly, as neither team even had a hit recorded. In the top of the fourth, the Hawks got on the board first after first baseman Ashley Alden doubled, knocking short stop Nicole Palase home from third base. Saint Joseph’s would earn one more run to take the lead, 2-0.
Gorney collected the first hit for the Quakers with a shot out to short stop but would remain on base as the inning came to an end when Korinne Raby grounded out to third base.
Saint Joseph’s tacked on three more runs in the top of the fifth, to push the lead to 5-0.
Penn put two on the board in the bottom of the sixth, when junior Sydney Turchin – who singled through the right side – was knocked home by Gorney. She recorded her first home run of the season and the team’s seventh. The Red and Blue were unable to score and Gorney’s home run would end up being the lone runs Penn earned on the day.
Game 2 – Saint Joseph’s (11-10)
WP: Niki Carillo (2-0), 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
LP: Alexis Sargent (2-2), 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
With about 45 minutes in between games, the Quakers took the field once again with freshman Alexis Sargent starting in the circle. Prior to the day, Sargent led the Red and Blue with a 1.53 ERA. Even though she was recorded with the loss, Sargent remains on top with a 1.40 ERA.
The second game moved along much quicker than the first, as neither team scored in the first four innings. Saint Joseph’s was the first to score, again, and totaled two runs in the top of the fifth. After a close call at first on a bunt from Traneya White, the first out came next when Maria Ficca lined out to Kayla Dahlerbruch. At the top of the order, Turchin made a diving catch for the second out but over threw the ball allowing the Hawks to earn a run. Saint Joe’s scored one more as another throwing error was committed by Leah Allen and the Quakers found themselves down by two.
The Hawks made more noise in the top of the seventh when the first batter, designated player Cyndi Wilson, homered to left field. Sargent struck out the next two batters but another error was committed by the Red and Blue, which lead to a runner on first. Second basemen Sarah Yoos doubled down the left field line, putting the Hawks in scoring position. Freshman Courtney Cuzick came in to pitch, but Saint Joe’s kept the bats going and scored three more runs.
Unable to collect any hits, the Quakers dropped the second game, 5-0.
Penn will be back in action on Wednesday for a doubleheader with a second Big 5 rival, La Salle. The first game is set to begin at 4 p.m.