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Box Score Gm 2
Allentown, Pa. The University of Pennsylvania softball team split a doubleheader with Lafayette this afternoon at Patriots Park. The Quakers (9-11) took the first game, 8-4, before falling in the nightcap, 5-1.
In game one, the Red and Blue banged out 10 hits along with five sacrifice bunts and two sacrifice flies. Sophomore Kaelin Ainley led off the top of the third with a single to the shortstop. Sophomore Stephanie Reichert followed with a bunt, but allowed both runners to advance one base. With runners on second and third with one out, freshman Annie Kinsey laid down a bunt for the squeeze play. The Leopards conceded the run but an overthrow by the pitcher Megan Averbuch (2-6) allowed Reichert to score and Kinsey to advance all the way around to the third base. Kinsey then scored on a sacrifice fly by rookie Christina Khosravi take a 3-0 lead.
Penn added another run in the top of the fourth as Ainley drove in Cowen with a single up the middle. The Red and Blue’s lead grew to 5-0 in the top of the fifth inning on a single up the middle by catcher Brandi King. Lafayette loaded the bases in the bottom half of the fifth inning, but only managed to push one run across the plate on a sacrifice fly. Two errors in the top of the sixth inning proved costly as it led to three more Quakers runs. Ainley scored on the initial throwing error on Teresa Leyden’s sacrifice bunt attempt and Reichert crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Kinsey making the score, 7-1. Cowen then reached on a fielding error which plated Leyden. The Leopards earned three runs back to pull within 8-4 in the bottom half of the inning. Samantha Lucas delivered a two-out bloop single to right field driving in two runs, while Amy Gimma followed with a RBI single through the left side.
Senior Kara Eyre, in her first start since rejoining the Quakers, had to leave the game in the bottom of the third inning after getting hit by a comebacker. Eyre tossed two hitless innings with two strikeouts. Olivia Mauro (2-2) picked up the win allowing just two hits in two scoreless innings. Rookie Rachel Mowry earned the save in her collegiate debut.
In game two, Lafayette struck first putting up two runs in the bottom of the first inning as Averbuch singled to right field driving in the runs. The Quakers cut the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the third inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Ainley came into score on a wild pitch by the Leopard’s Lauren Belowich. Lafayette pulled ahead 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning jumpstarted by a Kristen Ruckno’s double down the leftfield line.
Junior Jen Nichols opened the final inning with a double to left field but the Quakers’ were unable to plate any runs. Lindsey Permar (2-3) pitched six innings giving up five runs, three unearned, on eight hits while striking out four batters.
Ainley went a combined 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a run batted in on the afternoon.
Penn opens Ivy League action on April 2 as it travels to Princeton for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The Quakers then travel to La Salle on April 3 for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. With possible inclement weather this weekend, please be sure to check www.pennathletics.com for all the last information regarding game times and locations.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant