Penn Comeback Stuns Wildcats in Second Game of Doubleheader Split

Box Score - Game One

Box Score - Game Two

VILLANOVA, Pa. - After falling in the first game of a doubleheader to Villanova, 6-2, the Quaker softball team found itself trailing 8-3 heading into the final inning of the second contest. But the Red and Blue never quit, as they reeled offfive straighthits en route to a six-run seventh to stun the Wildcats, 9-8, Tuesday afternoon at Villanova Field.

The Quakers (14-20)trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Wildcats (7-26)scored five runs on four hits to build a comfortable 8-2 advantage.

Penn got a run back in the top of the sixth when Brandi King ripped her third homer of the season to left field to cut the deficit to five runs.

After Olivia Mauro pitched a scoreless bottom half of the sixth, Penn's Christina Khosravi got things started with a base-hit down the left field line, her fourth hit of the game. Julia Cheney and Kim May followed with singles of their own to load the bases for King, who came through with a base-hit that scored two Quakers to cut the score to 8-5.

Penn's Stephanie Reichert drew a walk to load the bases again, and Teresa Leyden came through in the clutch, drilling a base-clearing double down the left field line to tie the contest at 8-8.

Leyden advanced to third base on the throw home, which would prove to be crucial, as a passed ball by Villanova catcherCassie Koenig allowed Leyden to score the go-ahead run and give Penn its first lead of the day in either game.

Mauro allowed a single by Villanova's first batter of the seventh, but it would be all the Wildcats could muster, as she drew two fly-outs and a groundout to shortstop to seal the win for Penn. Mauro (4-4) allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits in three innings pitched for the win.

Khosravi went 4-for-5 with a run and an RBI for Penn, while Annie Kinsey, King and May each added two hits.

In the first game, the Wildcats scored five runs in the third inning and held on to deal Penn a 6-2 loss on the back of hurler Kat Walsh.

Walsh (5-10) allowed just two runs on four hits for the complete game victory, striking out eight and walking three in the process.

Penn's only runs came in the fourth inning on a two-run single by King.

The Quakers return to action for an Ivy League doubleheader with Cornell on Saturday, April 15, starting at 1 p.m., at Warren Field.