CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the first leg of the weekend trip up north, the University of Pennsylvania softball team was only able to complete one game with Harvard on Friday, due to darkness. The Quakers came up short in game one, falling 8-3 to the Crimson. Freshman Leah Allen led the team in RBI with two, after hitting two solo home runs. Allen now leads the Red and Blue with six home runs and is tied for first in the League. Penn is now 7-12 overall, 2-1 Ivy.
WP: Laura Ricciardone (7-5), 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
LP: Alexis Borden (3-7), 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
It didn’t take long for a score to be recorded, as the Quakers would be first on the board in the top of the second. Allen hit what would be her first bomb of the game, clearing over 220 feet past the right center wall. However, the lead didn’t last too long as the Crimson notched three runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead.
Leading off for the Red and Blue in the top of the third was sophomore Kanani Datan, who started off the inning with a single to short. With Datan on first and one out, freshman Alexis Sargent approached the plate and doubled to left center, knocking Datan in to cut Harvard’s lead to 3-2. However, Penn couldn’t get any more home and left two on the bags.
Harvard tacked on one more run in the bottom of the third, which in turn was the winning run. The Crimson added four additional runs for insurance in the bottom of the fifth, to take an 8-2 lead.
The Quakers added one more run in the top of the seventh when Allen hit her second solo shot of the day past left center with two outs, but it wasn’t enough as sophomore Lauren Li grounded out to first base, leaving two stranded.
In game two, the Quakers took the field to begin the bottom of the sixth with a commanding 8-3 lead. A few unlucky calls resulted in the Red and Blue losing their five run lead and ending the inning tied with the Crimson at eight all. Due to darkness and no lights, the game was finally halted after deliberation among the umpires. A day has not yet been determined as to when the teams will continue the game.
Penn continues its trek further north to take on Dartmouth. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m.
Download: Harvard Game 1 Boxscore.pdf