WALDROF, Md. – Asked to join the Maryland-D.C. Amateur Softball Association of America All-Stars softball team, University of Pennsylvania sophomore Leah Allen had the opportunity to compete in an exhibition doubleheader against the USA Softball Women’s National Team at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldrof, Md. In the final exhibition contests before international play, Team USA swept the Maryland All-Stars by scores of 6-0 and 10-0.
Allen was faced with a few challenges as she took the field for the first time with the All-Stars, playing at second base.
“It was especially difficult for me adjusting because we didn't have a second baseman,” said Allen. “I was asked to play there for the first time since fourth grade.”
Team USA stayed hot in the circle using two pitchers for a combined no-hitter in game one. Jolene Henderson (California ’13) and Sara Nevins (USF ’14) totaled 12 strikeouts and walked one.
The Maryland All-Stars produced their only hit of the evening in game two, as the USA Women continued a strong pitching performance.
But, it wasn’t about the score for Allen, it was about the experience.
“Playing against Team USA is something I would never take for granted. It has definitely made me appreciate the chance to play softball at this level and the opportunities that not only softball has given me, but also the opportunities from attending Penn.”
Last season, Allen was unanimously named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was also ECAC Rookie of the Year. She earned first-team All-Ivy along with first-team ECAC All-Star and NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region second-team.
Penn won the Ivy League South Division title for the third year in a row and advanced to the Ivy League Championship Series with Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. The Quakers forced a third game after defeating the Big Green in game two. After leading through the top of the sixth in game three, the Red and Blue fell behind and couldn’t recover.
The Quakers return to the field for the fall season on Sept. 4 in preparation for the spring season beginning on Feb. 1.