Kissimmee, Fla. The 2005 season started on a down note for the University of Pennsylvania as it dropped a pair to Lehigh, 5-2, and Fairfield, 5-3, this afternoon at the Rebel Springs Games.
Against Lehigh, the Quakers came back from a 2-0 deficit to knot the score in the fifth inning but it was not enough as the Mountain Hawks tacked on three unanswered runs for the 5-2 victory. Melissa Haffner got the rally going by opening the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Lindsey Permar followed with a single of her own. With two outs, sophomore Kaelin Ainley singled to drive in Penn’s two runs. Ainley went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in against the Mountain Hawks.
The Quakers mounted yet another rally in game two against Fairfield, but were unable to overtake the Stags. Fairfield opened the game by touching up Michelle Rehm for five runs in the first inning. The Red and Blue rallied in the bottom of the seventh as Susan McIlvaine singled to start things off. With one out and the bases loaded, McIlvaine would cross the place on a sacrifice fly by Annie Kinsey. Junior Meghan Cowen doubled to drive in two more Quakers runs to make the score 5-3. Cowen went 3-for-4 with two RBI while Haffner went 2-for-3 against the Stags.
Penn continues competition at the Rebel Spring Games tomorrow, March 7, as it faces Lehigh at 2:20 p.m. and Toledo at 4:10 p.m.