HANOVER, N.H. – In a battle of the last three Ivy League Champions, the University of Pennsylvania softball team dropped a pair of games to Dartmouth on Friday in Hanover. The Quakers lost an extra-inning affair in Game One, 4-1, before falling 12-1 in Game Two.
The eighth inning has been unkind to the Quakers this season, and that trend continued in Game One. Alexis Sargent (8-4) received the start in the circle, and for the majority of the afternoon was dominant. The junior right-hander allowed just a single run and struck out nine over the first seven, but a three-run walk-off home run in the eighth clinched just her fourth loss of the season.
Sargent’s 10 strikeouts for the game is her second-highest total this season. She now has 84 punch-outs in 78.1 innings—both conference bests.
Korinne Raby put the Quakers ahead in the third inning, as she rocketed a solo home run over the left-field wall. Penn’s lead would hold until the sixth, when Morgan Martinelli knocked a one-out RBI base hit through the right side to score Lourlin Lara from second.
Other than Raby’s solo shot, the Quakers had trouble putting runs across. One other opportunity came in the sixth, as Kanani Datan recorded the Quakers’ other hit of the game—a one-out double to left-center. Following a walk to Leah Allen, the Quakers had two runners on base for the first time in the contest. Penn’s threat, however, would end with a ground out by Sargent.
Katherine Chaw registered the walk-off blast for the Big Green—her third long ball of the season.
The second game of the day was a much different story. The Big Green made sure of no extra innings this time around, breaking the game open with 11 runs in the fourth inning.
The Quakers once again scored first in Game Two, as Raby knocked in Penn’s lone run with a base hit to right field in the second inning.
The Quakers have a quick turnaround coming, as they will be right back in action tomorrow in Cambridge. Penn and Harvard are set for a doubleheader, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
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