Despite Hot Bats, Softball Edged Out by La Salle

PHILADELPHIAAfter coming back from an early 3-0 deficit, the University of Pennsylvania softball team couldn’t quite hang on and dropped a Wednesday evening contest to La Salle (4-6, 2-0 A10) at Penn Park, 7-6. The Quakers and Explorers had just started game two when the skies opened up, after several bouts of light rain, causing the teams to stop. The Red and Blue (8-8) will have one more day until they return to Penn Park to open Ivy League play with Dartmouth.

Game 1 – La Salle (4-6, 2-0)
WP: Mary Cate Scott (2-2), 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

LP: Alexis Borden (3-5), 7.0 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 7 K

La Salle jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning from a three-run homer, but Penn responded soon after with one in the second and three in the third.

A leadoff double from sophomore Alexis Sargent in the second provided the spark the Quakers needed in the cold, as she would score the first run of the game on a hit by freshman Molly Oretsky that got by the short stop. While it was the only run scored that inning, sophomore Leah Allen drove in the next run the following inning with a double that reached the left center wall, and Sargent brought in two more with her second hit of the game. The 4-3 lead didn’t last long as a leadoff home run tied things up.

The Red and Blue remained hot, though, when senior Vanessa Weaver led off and put herself in scoring position with her first collegiate triple that landed in between the first baseman and right fielder and rolled to the fence. After freshman Katie Petroski was walked and reached second before fellow freshman Sarah Rowley came to the plate, Penn looked to be in a good place with no outs and runners at second and third. Rowley looked as if she might bunt, but the lefty hit the ball just enough to land right over the heads of the infielders, allowing Weaver to reach safely. Even though the Quakers had positioned themselves well, it was all they would get that inning but led 5-4.

After a quiet fifth inning, the Explorers regained the lead in the sixth, scoring two runs, and extended it in the seventh to 7-5 with their third home run of the game.

With the top of the order due at the plate, the Red and Blue kept their cool with back to back doubles from senior captain Sydney Turchin and sophomore Lainey Dorris. With her first hit of the season, Dorris also recorded her first RBI this spring and brought the team within one run. However, the hot streak at the plate ended when the next three batters went down in order.

Download: La Salle Boxscore1.pdf