Softball Allows Two in the Seventh in a Walk-Off Loss at Saint Joseph's

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In the final non-conference tilt of 2017, the University of Pennsylvania’s softball team allowed a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 5-4 loss to Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday evening. The defeat moves the Quakers to 15-17 this season while SJU improves to 18-20.

Down to their final three outs, the Hawks put together four hits in the final frame, ultimately loading the bases with just one out. After Alexis Sargent--who entered the game in the seventh for Penn--struck out Molly Kapala for the second out, sophomore Amanda Kulp tallied a walk-off single to left field.

Facing a 3-2 deficit with two outs in the sixth, freshman Raven Houck launched her first career home run to give Penn a timely 4-3 edge. Classmate Clare Sebastianelli joined Houck in the trot home after reaching on a Saint Joseph’s throwing error, also with two outs.

The Quakers scored the game’s opening run in the third inning. Senior Lainey Dorris doubled to begin the frame before moving over to third on a Jess England bunt single. She then raced home on a well-executed first and third double steal which saw England take second as well.

After the home team tied the game in the bottom half of the third, Penn once again took the advantage with a run in the fifth. Senior Cedar Sloavacek initiated a bases-loaded walk to score Sebastianelli from third.

Saint Joseph’s scored a pair in the bottom of the fifth to take their first lead of the game at 3-2.

Inside the Numbers
The Quakers had nine players record at least one hit, totaling 11 knocks as a team. Sophomore Sarah Cwiertnia and Slovacek each had multi-hit games.

The Quakers used four different pitchers in the game. Freshman Jennifer Brann earned the start, tossing two scoreless innings. Sargent took the loss, moving her record to 9-8 this season. 

Up Next
The Quakers slide back into conference action this weekend with four games against Cornell in Ithaca.