WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania softball team dropped a single nonconference game to Monmouth on Wednesday afternoon at the MU Softball Field, 4-2. Just like last week against Drexel, 17 of the 21 Quakers saw playing time, while three different pitchers took the circle for the Red and Blue.
WP: Sydney Underhill (12-1), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
LP: Amanda Gisonni (0-1), 2.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
After three straight outs in the top of the first, the Quakers took the field with sophomore Amanda Gisonni starting in the circle. Gisonni got her first start of the season last week against Drexel and began the game with three straight outs. However, the sophomore pitcher ran into trouble right off the bat with Monmouth, walking the leadoff batter. The Hawks were able to capitalize on the opportunity, recording four hits and three runs.
Down 3-0 to start the second inning, Penn got their chance to move around the bases when senior Kayla Dahlerbruch reached first via walk with one out. After freshman Alexis Sargent singled to right field, sophomore Korinne Raby doubled through the right side and moved Dahlerbruch home and Sargent to third. A fielding error would allow junior Vanessa Weaver to reach first safely; however, the three were left stranded as the next two batters went down in order.
Monmouth tacked on an additional insurance run in the bottom of the second, on a double to center by Hawk Vanessa Cardoza for the 4-1 lead, after Hawk Alicia DeSanto lined into a double play at third to first. It was all the runs needed as the Quakers would only score once more.
Sargent started the fourth inning off with her second hit of the day out to center field, and head coach Leslie King made the decision to put freshman Vera Barnwell in to run for Sargent. After she stole second, Barnwell advanced to third when Raby grounded out to short and made it home on a throwing error by Monmouth’s first baseman. Barnwell was the last player to cross the plate, as neither team scored additional runs.
Penn will be back in Ivy action this weekend, when they face Columbia in a home-and-home doubleheader for the South Division crown. The Red and Blue will first host the Lions on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Columbia will then host the Quakers on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.