Loyola Marymount Hands Softball First Losses of the Season

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – After winning its first four games of the season, the University of Pennsylvania softball team (4-2) lost at Loyola Marymount (10-9) 8-0 in six innings and 13-5 infive inningson Tuesday. The Lions Hilaree Bennett hit two, two-run homeruns in game one.

Penn starter Olivia Mauro (1-1) was touched up for five runs in one and one-third innings of work, including Bennett’s first homerun. Lindsey Permar came in relief of Mauro, allowing three runs in three and two-thirds.

Stephanie Reichert had the Red and Blue’s only hit off LMU starter Tiffany Pagano. Bennett’s homerun in the sixth inning ended the game, invoking the mercy rule.

In game two, LMU knocked out starter Michelle Rehm (0-1) after one and one-third. Freshman Emily Denstedt came in relief of Rehm. She was touched up for seven runs in three and two-thirds.

In the fourth, Penn got on the board. Teresa Leyden had the Quakers first hit, knocking a single down the right field line. Annie Kinsey followed with a single and Christina Khosravi drew a walk. Julia Cheney grounded back to pitcher Samatha Lavino but her throw to the plate was off line, allowing pinch-runner Anna Puglisi to score. Two batters later, Melissa Haffner hit a ground ball that first-basemen Sarah Casillas could not handle, scoring Kinsey. Susan McIlvaine blooped a single into center that scored two, cutting the defecit to 13-4.

Penn scored another run in the fifth, but the game was called once again ended early on the mercy rule.