CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its second Ivy doubleheader in as many days, the University of Pennsylvania softball team dropped a pair of contests at Harvard on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers lost 11-10 in extra innings in Game One, and by a score of 10-2 in Game Two. Penn moves to 13-16 on the season, and 2-6 in the Ivy League.
Game One (Harvard 11, Penn 10)
The Quakers had their opportunities in the opener, but were unable to capitalize on separate leads of 5-2 and 9-5. In addition, Penn had one-run leads heading into the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings—but couldn’t close the door on the Crimson.
The Quakers did most of their damage over two innings, tallying five runs in the fourth and four in the sixth. It was the top of the order leading the way, as Penn’s first four batters combined to go 8-for-18 with five RBI and four runs scored. Leah Allen posted a team-high three RBI, while Kanani Datan had a squad-best three hits.
Down 2-0, the Quakers capitalized on some Harvard sloppiness in the fourth. Lauren Li reached on an error to begin the rally, while a hit by pitch to Jurie Joyner and a walk by Korinne Raby loaded the bases. Sarah Cwiertnia followed with another walk, and Penn was on the board. The top of the order took over from there, as Sam Pederson, Datan, and Allen all knocked RBI hits. Datan legged out an infield hit, while Allen plated a pair with a single up the middle.
Down 5-2, the Crimson battled back in the bottom half of the fourth. Harvard logged three hits in the frame, and tied the score at five apiece.
It was once again the top of the order sparking things in the sixth. Following a leadoff hit from pinch-hitter, Cedar Slovacek, Datan and Allen recorded singles—the latter lifting Penn to a 6-5 lead. Li came up with the next big hit, smacking two runs in with a single to left field. The Red and Blue’s rally was capped with yet another bases-loaded walk to Cwiertnia, which gave Penn a 9-5 edge.
Harvard climbed back again in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the Quaker lead to 9-8. Then in the seventh, the Crimson scored the game-tying run on an Elizabeth Shively RBI single up the middle.
The Red and Blue took their last lead in the eighth, with Jurie Joyner delivering a clutch double to right-center field. Sargent, who led off the inning with a two-bagger to left, scored on the play.
The Crimson notched yet another comeback in the eighth, tying the game at 10 and then scoring the game-winning run on a RBI base hit by Giana Panariello.
Game Two (Harvard 10, Penn 2)
The Crimson made sure it wasn’t as close in Game Two, scoring four runs in the third and six in the fourth to clinch a five-inning triumph.
Penn’s lone highlight was Li launching her third home run of the season in the fourth—a solo shot over the left-field wall.
The Quakers return home to Penn Park for a mid-week contest against Drexel on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Download: Harv Game Two.pdf