Softball Salvages a Split vs. Dartmouth

Dartmouth 1, Penn 0 Box Score (Game one)

Penn 6, Dartmouth 2 Box Score (Game two)

HANOVER, N.H. - Softball salvaged a split with Dartmouth courtesy of a 6-2 win in the second game. With Dartmouth opening its softball complex, pitching ruled in game one as the Quakers (20-11, 5-1 Ivy) and Big Green (8-13, 1-5 Ivy) combined for just five hits total. It was a Dartmouth solo home run in the third inning that was the difference in the 1-0 first game. In the second game, Penn got the offense going with eight hits on its way to the 6-2 victory as Mikenzie Voves threw a complete game in the circle.

Dartmouth 1, Penn 0 (Game one)

Game one was matchup of two freshmen hurlers as Penn handed the ball to Alexis Borden, while Dartmouth countered with lefty Kristen Rumley. Elysse Gorney put herself in scoring position early with a double into the left-centerfield gap, but Rumley would take the other three hitters by herself, striking out the side in the first. Borden shut down the Big Green in the first with three straight outs to second baseman Samantha Erosa.

In the second, each squad put one runner on base. Karina Rios reached on a one-out walk, but was caught stealing on a strikeout for an inning-ending double play, while Borden worked around a leadoff single, Darthmouth's first hit, and a sacrifice bunt by striking out the final two hitters of the inning. Rumley would retire Penn in order in the third and the Big Green would take the lead in the top of the third with a solo home run to left, the only hit of the inning off Borden.

In the fourth, Brooke Coloma would drop a single in the outfield with two outs, but a groundout would leave her stranded. In the bottom of the inning, Dartmouth would single with two outs, but Sydney Turchin would cut the base hit off and fire to second for an outfield assist, keeping the score 1-0 Dartmouth after four innings.

Following two outs to start the fifth, Jessica Arneson was hit-by-pitch to reach first base; however, she too would be stranded. With her team trailing by one, Borden would keep Dartmouth right there as she did not allow a base runner the rest of the way, retiring the final six batters that she faced over the fifth and sixth innings.

However, Rumley would match her pitch-for-pitch as she also did not allow a base runner during the sixth and seventh innings, helping her team hold on for the 1-0 win. For the game, Rumley allowed just two hits, a walk, and a hit batter. Borden took the hard-luck loss, throwing a complete game, while only allowing three hits and one walk on the day. She struck out seven batters during the first game.

Penn 6, Dartmouth 2 (Game two)

Dartmouth went back to Rumley as she started the second game as well, retiring the Penn side in order in the first. In the second game, Penn started Voves in the circle and she worked around a two-out infield single to send the game to the second scoreless.

The Quakers would finally break through on Rumley in the second. Coloma got the inning started with a single. Jessica Melendez then went to sacrifice her into scoring position. Her bunt was misplayed and Penn ended up with runners on first and second and nobody out. After the first out, Rios singled home the first Penn run of the day, while Voves worked around another two-out single in the bottom half to keep Penn's 1-0 lead heading to the third.

Two-out singles by Kayla Dahlerbruch and Coloma in the third would bring an end to Rumley's day, but Dartmouth reliever Evan Gray stranded both of her inherited runners. Voves would get through three innings without allowing a run and Penn would break things open in the fourth.

The inning started out innocently enough with two quick outs, but Erosa would get the offense going when she slammed her first home run of the season over left field fence. Stephanie Caso would follow that home run up with a single and Turchin chopped a ball on the infield and was safe when the first baseman dropped a quick throw from the pitcher.

With two-on and two-out, Gorney doubled home the second run of the inning, putting runners on second and third. A passed ball would score Turchin, making the score 3-0 and Dahlerbruch would bring home the fourth run of the inning on a single into left. All four of Penn's run in the inning came with two outs. Dartmouth put two runners on in the bottom half of that inning, but Voves held strong, stranding the two runners as Penn took a 5-0 lead to the fifth.

The Quakers would tact on another run in the fifth. Georgia Guttadauro drew the leadoff walk and Laura Placentra, who came on to run for her, stole second. She would move over to third on a ground out that put two away. With those two out, an illegal pitch would score Placentra from third and give Penn a 6-0 lead. Voves gave Penn another shutdown inning on defense as she retired the Big Green side in order for the first time in the fifth.

In the sixth, Dartmouth would threaten to get back in the game when the Big Green loaded the bases on a single, error and walk with nobody out. Voves induced two consecutive ground outs to Dahlerbruch at third, who would come home with the plays to get the force on both. Dartmouth got its first runs of the game with a two-RBI single with two down, but Voves got another ground out to third as Penn led 6-2 heading to the final inning.

The Quakers could not add any final runs in their seventh, but it would not matter as Voves would allow no more in the bottom of the seventh. After a quick two outs on grounders, Dartmouth singled but Voves got the pop up on the infield to preserve the Penn win.

For the game, Voves pitched seven innings, scattering seven hits and two more walks and struck out five to pick up her sixth win of the season. Dahlerbruch and Coloma each had two hits for Penn in game two, while Penn got three hits, two runs, and two RBI from the bottom third of the order (Rios, Erosa and Caso).

After the split on Friday, Penn will make the trip to Harvard tomorrow to take on the defending Ivy League champions. That doubleheader will get underway at 12:30 p.m. These two teams, along with Cornell, are both 5-1 in Ivy play.