Softball Drops Doubleheader to Dartmouth Saturday

HANOVER, N.H. – It was a tough afternoon for the University of Pennsylvania softball which fell to Ivy foe Dartmouth in a doubleheader Saturday in Hanover. A late rally in the seventh inning of the first game came up just short as the Quakers fell, 3-2. In the second contest, the Big Green put continuous pressure on the Red and Blue with their bats, ending the game early, 12-1. Penn (7-14 overall, 2-3 Ivy) travels back to Philadelphia to prepare for the rescheduled matchup with Brown, which will be played on Wednesday.

Game 1 – Dartmouth (16-13, 7-0 Ivy)
WP: Kristen Rumley (11-6), 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

LP: Alexis Borden (3-8), 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Penn had one of its best scoring opportunities at the beginning of the game in the first inning. With two outs, senior tri-captain Elysse Gorney got the bats going and notched the first hit of the game with a double to center field. Batting in the cleanup spot, freshman Alexis Sargent reached first on an error by third baseman Kelsey Miller and the Quakers occupied two bags. However, freshman Leah Allen fell victim to Dartmouth pitcher Kristen Rumley and struck out swinging.

The Big Green knocked in a run in the bottom of the second and the score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth when they tacked on two more to take a 3-0 lead. After Dartmouth extended its lead, the pitching duel between Rumley and Alexis Borden ended as freshman Courtney Cuzick came in to relieve the junior pitcher. Cuzick made the next batter to ground out, ending the inning.

With bases loaded and no outs, senior Kayla Dahlerbruch hit a single that knocked in two runs. Now only down by one with no outs, the Red and Blue looked to be in good shape with momentum on their side. Sophomore Lauren Li laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt, moving runners to second and third. However, Penn started to lose its fire when freshman Lainey Dorris was picked off at third base for a second out. Junior Vanessa Weaver approached the plate, hoping to keep the Quakers alive, but ended the inning with a fly out to right field.

Game 2 – Dartmouth (17-13, 8-0 Ivy)
WP: Morgan McCalmon (5-3), 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

LP: Alexis Sargent (4-3), 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Dartmouth was again the first team to get on the board when pitcher Morgan McCalmon homered to left with a runner on base in the bottom of the first. The Big Green recorded one more hit that inning before second baseman Kara Curosh grounded out to shortstop, freshman Sydney Kranzmann.

The two teams were unable to make much else happen, until the bottom of the third.

Cuzick went to the circle to relieve Sargent from her pitching duties to start the bottom of the third. Right off the bat, Dartmouth came out swinging and moved quickly at the plate, putting runners on first and third. McCalmon recorded her third RBI of the game after hitting a single to right field. A big momentum booster, the Big Green continued putting pressure on Penn, scoring a total of 10 runs that inning to take a commanding 12-0 lead.

In what would be their second to last at bat, the Quakers put two on the bags in the top of the fourth. However, the Red and Blue were unable to get them home safely, leaving them stranded when Dahlerbruch flied out to center field.

Behind Li in the top of the fifth, Penn’s defense quickly put an end to Dartmouth’s chance of scoring any more.

With one last chance to keep the game going, junior tri-captain Sydney Turchin doubled to center field on the first pitch and moved Weaver, who singled to right field, to third base. On a 0-2 count and two outs, sophomore Kanani Datan singled up the middle and knocked Weaver home. Unfortunately, it was the only run the Quakers recorded, after Sargent popped up to shortstop with the bases loaded.

Download: Dartmouth Boxscore1.pdf