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Philadelphia Senior Kim Le notched three hits and drove in two runs on the day but it was not enough as Harvard swept Penn in an Ivy League doubleheader during Senior Day at Warren Field. Harvard took game one by a score of 5-1 and picked up the 7-4 victory in game two.
The Quakers (13-20, 3-7 Ivy League) threatened early as Harvard’s Shelly Madick walked the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the first. Madick was able to pitch out of the jam striking out Jen Nichols and Brandi King to end the Quakers’ threat. The Crimson (13-15, 6-2 Ivy League) got on the board in the top of the third inning as Lauren Brown scored a hit by Danielle Kerper that was misplayed in the infield. Harvard took a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth as Lauren Brown hit a three-run home run to centerfield with two outs in the inning. Senior Kim Le put Penn on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-out double to right field to score Jen Nichols. The Crimson got the run back in the top of the fifth as Beth Sabin drove in Lauren Bettenelli.
Senior Kara Eyre (0-2) took the loss giving up four unearned runs on seven hits. Eyre also struck out five batters. Freshman Rachel Mowry pitched three innings in relief allowing one run on one hit. Madick tossed the complete game striking out seven batters while allowing just three hits.
The Crimson started the scoring in game two as Susie Winkeller delivered a bases-loaded double to leftfield with two outs. Winkeller put Harvard ahead, 4-0, on a double to centerfield driving one run. One batter later, Cecily Gordon drove in a pair of runs with a double to center to make the score, 6-0. With one out in the bottom of the third, Le single and Steph Reichert followed with double to center to score Le and pull within, 6-1. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Le singled to deep second to score Christina Khosravi, making the score, 6-2. Harvard added another run in the top of the sixth to increase their lead to 7-2.
Penn did not give up as they plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on first and second with one out, Meghan Cowen singled through the left side to score Khosravi. Erin Boyle followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score Kaelin Ainley.
Sophomore Lindsey Permar (3-9) took the loss giving up three first-inning runs. Ann Ferrcane pitched 4.2 innings in relief with two strikeouts. Amanda Watkins earned the win giving up four runs, three earned, in 5.1 innings of work, while Michelle McAteer picked up the save.
Penn will play its last home game of the season on April 20 as its hosts University City neighbor Drexel at 3:00 p.m. The Quakers conclude the 2005 season April 23-24 as they travel to Brown and Yale.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant