Sixth Inning Rally Not Enough As Softball Drops Two to Lehigh

Lehigh 2, Penn 0 (Game 1)

Lehigh 10, Penn 7 (Game 2)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Down five runs entering the sixth inning, the Penn softball team rallied with seven straight hits and two walks to take a 7-6 lead, Wednesday in game two at Kaufman Field. However, Lehigh answered back in the bottom of the frame with three runs to reclaim the advantage and doubleheader sweep. The Quakers lost the first game 2-0, falling to 3-10 on the season, while the Mountain Hawks improved to 9-7.

In game one of the afternoon, Jennifer Colquhoun's two-run home run in the bottom of the first was all Lehigh needed to top Penn, as pitcher Tiffany Curtis threw the complete game shutout. Quaker senior Keiko Uraguchi spoiled Curtis' no-hitter with a third inning bunt-single, for Penn's lone hit of the game. Sophomore Chelsea Ott threw the complete game for the Red and Blue, allowing two earned runs, eight scattered hits, a walk, and striking out one.

In the nightcap, a first inning double by Brooke Lewis plated two for the early 2-0 lead again, but was cut to one on junior Kelsey Wolfe's third inning leadoff home run to dead centerfield.

The Mountain Hawks stretched their advantage in the fifth, adding four runs on RBI doubles by Alex Cueva and Colquhoun. Freshman Lindsay Mann came out of the bullpen to relieve starter Cailyn Hennessy, but gave up one last run on a walk and single, before ending the wild inning with the score 6-1.

Seven straight hits from Bridget Ellsworth, Sam Erosa, Taylor Tieman, Uraguchi, Stephanie Caso, Alisha Prystowsky, Brooke Coloma, followed by a bases loaded walk of Wolfe tied the score at six, all with no outs. With two outs, reliever Curtis walked in Prystowsy, the go ahead run.

With a chance for the win, Hennessy reentered in the circle, but Lehigh responded in the bottom frame with four runs, enough for the win, as Penn was held scoreless in the seventh.

Hennessy (1-5) took the loss, allowing ten runs, ten hits, three walks, and striking out two. Mann threw two-thirds, allowing a hit and a walk, while Tory Satagaj came in to get the last out in the sixth, giving up one hit.

Coloma had a solid day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with an RBI, as Erosa drove two doubles with a run scored. Caso also had two hits with a run scored, and played impressively at shortstop, including a spectacular diving catch in the hole on a screamer that tipped off third baseman Prystowky's glove.

The Quakers are back in action Sunday when they travel to play Villanova at 1 p.m.