PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team mustered just three runs in a pair of defeats to Lehigh on Wednesday afternoon at Penn Park. The Mountain Hawks took Game One in eight innings, 4-0, before posting a 6-3 triumph in Game Two.
The Quakers fall to 11-9 on the season, as they get set to begin Ivy play on Friday against Yale.
It was quite a pitcher’s dual in the first contest of the day, as the game went scoreless over the first seven innings of action. Junior Alexis Sargent tossed five scoreless frames, before giving way to junior Courtney Cuzick. Cuzick put two zeros on the board, before allowing four runs to cross in the eighth.
Sargent has not allowed an earned run in 13-consecutive innings, and currently owns the sixth-lowest ERA (0.93) in the nation.
It was a tough start to Game Two for the Quakers, as Lehigh smacked five hits in the first inning—en route to gaining a 3-0 lead. The Mountain Hawks added to that edge in the third and fourth innings, extending the lead to 6-0.
The Red and Blue finally notched some offense in the fifth. Lauren Li knocked in Penn’s first run of the day with a single to right field, while Leah Allen drilled a pair across on a triple to dead center. Li tallied a team-best three hits on the day, while Allen upped her team-leading RBI total to 25.
The rally in the fifth was all she wrote for the Quakers, who left eight runners on base.
The Red and Blue will kick-off Ivy League action this weekend, beginning with a Friday doubleheader against Brown at Penn Park (2 p.m.). Penn will then welcome Yale to town on Saturday for a noon doubleheader.
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