Softball Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader Against Yale

Game 1 Box

Game 2 Box

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale (9-15, 3-3 Ivy) took two games from Penn on Friday in Penn's first doubleheader on the second weekend of Ivy League. The Quakers (10-14-1, 2-4 Ivy) got an outstanding pitching performance from freshman Mikenzie Voves in the first game, but just could not get things clicking on the offensive side of the ball in the eventual 2-1 defeat in nine innings. In the second game, Penn scored six times, but it was not enough as Yale also broke out offensively on the way to scoring 10 runs in the second game.

Game 1: Yale 2 Penn 1/9 Innings

In Game one, Voves and Yale's Chelsey Dunham became locked in a pitcher's duel from the start. Dunham started out the game retiring the Penn side in order, but Voves would answer right back shutting down Yale in the first.

Penn would scratch across its only run of the game in the top of the second. Kayla Dahlerbruch walked with one out to give Penn its first base runner of the game. Kelsey Wolfe would then also walk, putting two runners on with just the one out. Justine Payne would follow those two walks with a double down the left field line and bring home Dahlerbruch with Wolfe stopping at third. Jessica Melendez would then walk to load up the bases, but after Penn went down on a called strike three for the second out, a groundout to short would leave all three runners stranded.

Voves would once again shut down Yale in the bottom of the inning, but Dunham would also retire the side in the top of the third. In the bottom of the third, Yale would tie the game after three consecutive singles. With one run already in, Yale also had runners on first and second with nobody out. Penn would get the first out on a foul out to Alisha Prystowsky on an attempted sacrifice bunt and would get out of the inning after Samantha Erosa made a diving catch and tagged second to finish off the unassisted double play.

In the fourth and fifth innings, Penn would have a runner reach base via a base on balls, but could manage nothing else. Voves would keep Penn right in the game as she was just as good, allowing just one hit over the fourth and fifth innings.

In the sixth, Brooke Coloma would hit a line drive off the pitcher with one out to put a runner on. She would advance to second on a throwing error by the catcher trying to catch her off of first base. However, Penn could not capitalize as the Quakers once again were caught looking and a foul out ended the inning with Coloma still at second. Voves continued her dominance in the bottom of the sixth and neither side could score in the seventh, forcing extra innings.

In the eight, Penn would have its best chance to score in the extra frames. Prystowsky singled back through the middle to put a runner on first with just one out to get the inning started. She would then be retired on a force play, but Coloma hustled out the grounder to avoid the double play and keep the inning alive. Dahlerbruch then worked a walk to put runners on first and second for Wolfe. After working the pitcher with several foul balls off to the left, including one that had home run distance, but hooked just foul, Wolfe would fly out to right to end the inning.

After Yale was held scoreless in the eighth, Penn could not manage any offense in the top half of the ninth. Yale would double to lead off the inning. A sacrifice bunt would move the runner on second over to third with just one out and a single through the left side would bring the game winning run home from third and send Yale away with the 2-1 victory in the first game.

Despite a spectacular outing, Voves took the tough defeat in game one. Over her 8.1 innings, she scattered nine hits and struck out two, but Dunham was just as impressive as she allowed just three hits over nine full innings.

Game 2: Yale 10 Penn 6

In game two, Penn appeared to have shaken off the tough defeat in game one when it scored two runs in the top of the first to start off game two. Elysse Gorney led off the game with an infield hit and stole second to put a runner in scoring position. Stephanie Caso doubled her home to put Penn on the board. After two consecutive outs and Caso standing on third, Dahlerbruch singled back through the middle and gave Penn its second run of the inning.

Penn worked around a one out double in the top of the first, but Yale would break through in the second inning. Penn looked to be out of trouble with two outs and a runner on second, but a single and consecutive doubles brought home a total of three runs and gave Yale the one run lead after two.

In the bottom of the third Yale would continue to add to its lead when it added four more runs on five hits, extending its lead to 7-2 after the third inning.

In the top of the fourth, Penn looked to get back in the game. With one out, Payne reached base on an outfield error and the Quakers loaded the bases with consecutive walks by Wolfe and Kristen Johnson. Erosa would bring home two of those runs on her double into right field, cutting the Yale lead to 7-4. Gorney would add a sacrifice fly that would score Johnson and cut the Yale lead to 7-5.

In the bottom of the fourth, Yale scored for the third consecutive inning when it added two more runs in the inning and bumped its lead up to four at 9-5.

In the fifth and sixth innings, Penn's leadoff hitter would each reach base on hits, but they would be unable to score as the Yale pitching staff would not allow a runner to get past second in either inning. During the bottom of the fifth, Yale would add its 10th run of the game after back-to-back one out doubles.

Prystowsky would walk to start the seventh inning and Coloma would follow her with a double into left field to put two runners on with nobody out. A Dahlerbruch sacrifice fly would score Prystowsky from third to make the score 10-6. However, that would also be the final score as Yale got an infield popup and groundout to short to close out the game and the doubleheader sweep.

After losing both games against Yale, the stakes are raised tomorrow as Penn travels to Brown for two more games to finish off the weekend. Brown is coming off a split with Columbia today.The first game between Brown and Penn will get underway at 12:30 p.m. A live blog will once again be available for both games in addition to Live Stats.