Softball Picks up Loss, Tie in Doubleheader with Lehigh

Penn 7, Lehigh 10 (Game 1)

Penn 3, Lehigh 3 (Game 2)

Philadelphia - The Penn softball team fell to Lehigh 10-7 in the first game of the doubleheader despitenine hits from the Red and Blue.In the second game, a 3-3 tie with the Quakers up to bat in the bottom of the seventh became official when the game was called due to darkness. Keiko Uraguchi scored the tying run after hitting her first collegiate triple. The game was called following Justine Payne bunt that allowed Uraguchi to score. The Quakers are now 4-14-1, while the Mountain Hawks are 12-13-1.

The first game was a battle of the bats, with Lehigh taking a 15-9 hitting advantage that translated into a 10-7 win for the Mountain Hawks. In a recent offense slump that seemed to end on Wednesday, the Quakers jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After singling up the middle, Uraguchi swiped home on a wild pitch. Alisha Prystowsky added the second run when she was brought in by a RBI single from Taylor Tieman.

The Mountain Hawks took the lead from the Quakers in the third with an outburst of offense, adding five runs for a 5-2 advantage. The Red and Blue retaliated with three doubles in a row, (Prystowsky, Boccanfuso and Tieman) that drove in the needed runs to tie Lehigh, 5-5.

The led changed twice more in the fourth, with both teams adding runs. The Mountain Hawks added a single run on a RBI single to centerfield. Prystowsky single handily drove in Penn's two runs on two-run triple that allowed Uraguchi and Bridget McDougall to score.

Lehigh added four more runs in the final three innings to edge the Quakers. Uraguchi and Prystowsky went 3-for-4 and two runs, while Prystowsky finished with 3 RBI.

With an explosive first game on the offensive side for both teams, the bats were only mildly silenced in the second, with Lehigh having a slight 8-7 advantage in the batter's box. It was Lehigh in the latter game to get on the board first, as the Mountain Hawks added one in the both the second and third. The Quakers respondedand broughtthe lead to just one with a RBI double from Payne.

The Quakers tied the game when Tieman singled to centerfield to drive in Prystowsky, who had walked to start the inning. The Mountain Hawks tooka3-2 lead in the sixththat they would hold untilthe bottom of the seventh.

Uraguchi started Penn's final time at bat with her first collegiate triple that put the tying run on third. Payne bunted to draw the defense to go for the force play at first base. Lehigh opted to go for Uraguchi, who was gunning for the plate. Uraguchi's speed was too much for the Mountain Hawks as she slid into the plate seconds before the tag.

With no outs, Prystowsky on the plate and Penn's meat of the lineup ready to win the game for the Quakers, the umpires made the discretionary decision to call the game due to nightfall. In accordance to softball regulations, the exact place where the game was called would count towards the official score, in turn ending the game in a 3-3 draw.

Uraguchi led the team with two hits and two runs scored.

The Quakers are back in action on Saturday to host Dartmouth - their first Ivy game of the season.