Softball Drops Two to Lehigh

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA – The Penn softball team suffered two tough losses today, as Lehigh won both games in the doubleheader. The Mountain Hawks took the first game, 7-2, and won the second game, despite a Penn comeback, 8-6.

In the first game of the day, the Quakers got off to a good start, as senior Casey Hare pitched two scoreless innings. But in the top of the third, the Mountain Hawks opened up their offense, scoring one run on a wild pitch, and three more on a bases-clearing double. Lehigh took a 4-0 lead, and never looked back.

Penn got a shot at a comeback in the bottom of the fourth, when senior Stephanie Reichert walked to get on base. Senior Brandi King came up with just one out, and hit a home run to center field, bringing in two RBI, and closing the lead to 4-2. But Lehigh answered Penn’s two runs with two of their own in the top of the fifth inning, and clinched the 7-2 win with another run in the top of the sixth inning.

Reichert and King were the highlights for Penn offensively in the first game, as Reichert went 1-for-2 with a run scored, and King went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.

In the second game, the Mountain Hawks got some early runs against pitcher Emily Denstedt, and the Quakers never fully recovered. Three singles in the first inning brought in three runs, and Lehigh took an early 3-0 lead. They increased the lead to 5-0 in the top of the third inning, when a home run scored two more. Penn got on the board in the bottom of the third, when junior Annie Kinsey doubled to get into scoring position. Two batters later, junior Christina Khosravi got off another double, bringing in Kinsey, and putting the Quakers on the board, 5-1.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Red and Blue gave themselves a chance at the win, as they were able to get runners on base. Senior Teresa Leyden got things started for Penn, as she singled up the middle to reach first. Reichert got on base on an error by Lehigh’s pitcher, and King followed her, as she reached on a fielder’s choice. A wild pitch advanced both runners, and senior Julia Cheney was walked to load the bases for senior Kaelin Ainley. She did not disappoint, hitting a game-tying grand slam deep to center field. With the game tied up at 5-5, and the Quakers holding the momentum, it seemed anything would be possible.

But Lehigh managed to steal Penn’s thunder, as another Mountain Hawk hit a home run, this time bringing in three runs, and giving Lehigh the 8-5 lead.

The Quakers managed to get one more run on the board, when Kinsey scored in the bottom of the inning on a passed ball. But it wasn’t enough, and a quick seventh inning was the end of the line for the Red and Blue. Ainley was the bright spot for Penn’s offense, as she went 2-for-4 with one run scored and four RBI.

With the wins, Lehigh improved to 12-12-1 overall, and Penn fell to 12-8 overall, 4-0 in the Ivy League. Up next, the Quakers will hit the road to take on more Ivy opponents, as they travel to Harvard and Dartmouth for doubleheaders this Saturday and Sunday.