PRINCETON, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania softball team dropped a pair of Ivy contests to Princeton on Sunday afternoon at the Class of 1895 Field. For the second-straight day, the Quakers lost the first game of the doubleheader in walk-off fashion (5-4), before falling 10-4 in Game Two. Penn moves its conference record to 3-9 this season.
Game One (Princeton 5, Penn 4)
In similar fashion to yesterday’s opener, the Quakers’ offense was fueled by a pair of home runs in Game One.
Sarah Cwiertnia launched her first career long ball in the second, giving Penn a 2-0 lead. Li rounded the bases in front of Cwiertnia after reaching on a two-out walk.
It didn’t take long for Princeton to even things up, as Skye Jerpbak answered Cwiertnia’s two-run bomb with one of her own in the bottom half of the inning.
Jurie Joyner followed suit in the fourth, hammering her second home run of the series to give Penn a 3-2 lead.
The Quakers added to their lead in the fifth, with Alexis Sargent knocking a two-out RBI single up the middle. Leah Allen scored from third on the play after reaching on a bunt single. She raced all the way to third on a Princeton throwing error.
Down 4-2, the Tigers evened the score in the bottom of the sixth and plated the winning run in the seventh. Mikayla Blaska notched the RBI double in the sixth to tie the game, while Keeley Walsh knocked the game-winning single in the seventh.
Although she was issued with the loss, Sargent put together a solid outing in relief. Entering with runners on second and third and two outs in the second, Sargent escaped with a strikeout to Kaitlyn Waslawski. She would go on to toss four more innings, allowing three runs and striking out five. Spichiger started the contest for Penn, allowing two runs in 1.2 frames.
Game Two (Princeton 10, Penn 4)
Princeton used the momentum from Game One to jump out to a 9-0 lead in Game Two. Grant and Pierce each had RBI doubles in the first, while Dockx recorded a three-run home run in the second.
The Quakers cut into the lead with runs in three-consecutive innings, but never trimmed the deficit to less than five. Allen and Datan each had RBI singles, while Cwiertnia knocked in two with a RBI triple to right field.
Penn had their chances in Game Two, putting together 12 hits and leaving 11 runners on base.
Inside the Numbers
Cwiertnia compiled a career day at the plate, finishing the afternoon 4-for-7 with four RBI, two doubles, a triple, and a home run. Joyner, Datan and Allen each chipped in three hits of their own.
The Quakers return home for a mid-week contest against Big 5 rival, Saint Joseph’s, at Penn Park on Wednesday afternoon.
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