PHILADELPHIA – In the first Ivy League doubleheader of the season for the University of Pennsylvania softball team, the Quakers (12-10, 1-1) split a pair with Brown on Friday at Penn Park. The Bears took Game One in extra innings (5-1), while Penn rebounded with a 2-0 triumph in Game Two.
It was another extra-inning affair for the Quakers in the first seven--their second in the last three games--and another troublesome eighth inning. Alexis Sargent once again earned the start in the circle, putting together a solid seven frames. The junior right-hander tallied nine strikeouts in regulation--allowing just a single run--before yielding a three-run home run in the eighth.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the Quakers rallied—and came inches from walking off with the win. Sophomore Jurie Joyner led off the inning by legging out and diving for an infield single. Brown’s defense would take over from there, as Penn tied the game off of a pair of Bears’ errors—sandwiched around a wild pitch. Joyner’s pinch runner, Katie Petroski, crossed the plate for the Quakers.
Penn’s seventh continued with one out, as back-to-back infield hits from Sam Pederson and Hayley Metcalf loaded the bases. Brown narrowly survived the jam, as Korinne Raby was thrown out on a close force-out at home and Lauren Li grounded into an inning-ending fielder’s choice.
Pederson and Metcalf each tallied a pair of hits in Game One for Penn.
The Quakers didn’t allow Game One’s finish to linger, as they jumped out to an 1-0 lead in first inning of the night cap. Pederson walked to begin things, while back-to-back singles from Kanani Datan and Li put Penn up 1-0. Li recorded her ninth RBI of the season (second on the team).
The Red and Blue added an insurance run in the third, with Joyner coming up with a two-out RBI double to dead-center field. Leah Allen scored on the play, after reaching on a fielder’s choice and stealing second.
Mason Spichiger earned the victory in the circle, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings. Her and Lauren Li combined for the shutout, allowing just five hits. Spichiger escaped out of a bases-loaded, one out jam in the third--en route to improving to 3-2 on the season.
It is a quick turnaround for the Quakers, as they are right back at it tomorrow afternoon at Penn Park. The Red and Blue welcome Yale for a doubleheader, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Both games can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
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