Softball Drops Two to Lehigh

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Penn softball team was swept in a doubleheader for the first time this season as they fell to Lehigh Tuesday, 9-2 and 5-3. Freshman Jessie Lupardus was the hard-luck loser in Game One, going two innings and giving up three unearned runs on just two hits as she fell to 9-2 on the season. Junior tri-captain Emily Denstedt, who had to finish off thefirst game,fell to 1-4, giving up four runs, all earned, in 2 innings in Game Two.

Senior tri-captain Christina Khosravi laced her third home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the first game and added an RBI double in the second. Freshman Bridget McDugall's RBI double in the second game gave the Quakers a temporary 2-1 lead in the contest. For McDugall, it was her first collegiate hit and her first RBIs. Sophomore Keiko Uraguchi scored twice on the day.

The Quakers fell behind early in both games. In the first game, two errors led to three unearned runs in the second inning. Lehigh added another in the third on an Alex Cueva home run. Cueva ripped her second homer of the day leading off the fifth as the Mountain Hawks extended their lead to 5-0.

Khosravi's home run put the Quakers back in it in the sixth, but Lehigh capitalized on two more errors in the bottom of the inning to tally four runs, pushing their lead to a commanding 9-2.

Cueva again was in the middle of the action for the Mountain Hawks in Game Two, as she singled and scored in the first inning, again giving Lehigh an early lead.

Penn grabbed the lead back in the top of the second, though. Freshman Kelsey Wolfe was hit by a pitch to lead the frame off, and freshman Taylor Tieman followed with a walk. After freshman Alisha Prystowsky bunted them both over, Bridget McDugall doubled to left field, plating Wolfe and Tieman. McDugall's hit was the first of her collegiate career.

A four-run bottom of the inning, fueled by a two-run home run from Alisha Gonzalez, proved too much for Penn to overcome. Uraguchi walked and Khosravi doubled her home in the top of the third, but that was all the Quakers could push across.

Penn now will return home, where they will take on Yale at Warren Field in a doubleheader on March 29. They will follow that up with a twin bill against Brown on Sunday, March 30.