Softball Shuts Down La Salle to Pick up the Sweep

Penn 8, La Salle 0 (5 Inn.) (Game one) Box Score

Penn 5, La Salle 1 (Game two) Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - Penn's pitching shut down the La Salle offense that managed to score just one run in its final at-bat on Wednesday. Offensively, the Quakers (15-10) scored 13 runs and banged out 19 hits in the sweep over their city rivals. In the first game, Penn scored five times in the third inning to jump out to a huge lead early on its way to an 8-0 win in six innings. In the second game, both sides were held scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Penn would score all five of its runs in the 5-1 victory, clinching its first sweep since returning from Florida.

Penn 8, La Salle 0 (Game one)

The Quakers' game one starter, Alexis Borden, got Penn up to bat quickly as she worked around a leadoff walk in the first inning by striking out two. In the bottom of the inning, Sydney Turchin worked the leadoff walk. She would steal second and advance to third on a passed ball. After Elysse Gorney walked and stole second to put runners on second and third, Kayla Dahlerbruch grounded to short and was retired, Gorney drew the throw back to second base and was called out, but Turchin scored from third on that same play, giving Penn the early 1-0 lead.

Borden would allow just one base runner total in the second and third innings as she struck out two in both innings. Penn was held scoreless in the second, but would come alive in the third. Jessica Arneson doubled to right center to start the inning and advanced to third on a groundout. She scored the first run of the inning on a strikeout/wild pitch. Turchin, who reached on the wild pitch, came around to score the second run following an error and two passed balls.

Brooke Coloma then doubled home the third run of the inning, while she would come around to score on Karina Rios' single in the next at-bat. After moving to second on the throw, Rios came around to score on a Jessica Melendez single, making the score 6-0 after just three innings of play.

Penn worked around another leadoff runner by striking out two more in the fourth inning, as Borden tallied eight strikeouts through her first four innings of work. After Stephanie Caso was hit-by-pitch to start the fourth, an error, followed by a Gorney single, loaded the bases with nobody out. La Salle would cut down a run at the plate in the inning on a grounder to third, but Coloma would beat out an infield single for another RBI, giving Penn the 7-0 lead after four innings.

Both sides would manage singles in the fifth inning, but the Explorers' runner was caught trying to take an extra base by Turchin's throw into second for the outfield assist. Samantha Erosa singled to start the fifth inning for Penn, but was cut down on a double play groundout. Borden would finish her last inning of work in the sixth by retiring the side in order in the top half, capped off by her ninth strikeout.

In the bottom half, Penn would push across the eighth run for the run-rule victory. Gorney beat out an infield single with one out to get things going. Laura Placentra then reached on a fielder's choice as La Salle went for the lead runner. Coloma followed that with a walk, putting the winning run at second. Rios then beat out an infield single and when the throw to first went wide, Placentra came across with the eighth run of the game.

Borden would pick up her ninth win of the season, going six innings in her ninth consecutive complete game start. She allowed just two hits and two walks, while striking out the nine over that span, picking up her fourth shutout of the season. Offensively, Gorney, Coloma and Rios all had two hits and each scored once. Rios added one RBI, while Coloma finished the first game with two RBI's.

Penn 5, La Salle 1 (Game two)

In game two, Penn turned to Lindsay Mann, who was celebrating her birthday Wednesday evening. Mann would open the game in style with two quick outs and then worked around a two-out hit to keep La Salle off the board early. In the bottom half, Penn threatened to score in its first after a Turchin walk and infield single by Gorney. However, after these runners moved into scoring position on a passed ball, they would be stranded.

Mann would continue her strong start for the Quakers in the second and third innings. In both of these frames she would allow just a two-out single and get out of the innings with a strikeout in the second and foul out to the catcher in the third. However, Penn was retired in order in the second and stranded two more runners in the third as Gorney singled and Dahlerbruch walked with two-outs and moved into scoring position on a passed ball before a sharply hit grounder right back to the pitcher held both teams off the scoreboard through three innings.

After three shutout innings by Mann in the circle, Penn decided to get Mikenzie Voves some work in the fourth inning. She came on and struck out one batter in her first inning of work, setting down the side in succession. After Penn managed just a one-out single by Rios in the fourth, Voves came out and struck out the side in the fifth inning as both teams struggled to push the first run across the plate.

The Quakers would finally breakthrough in the fifth inning. After one-out singles by Turchin and Gorney put two aboard, Dahlerbruch drove her team-leading fourth home run of the season, and first at home, deep over the left field wall to give Penn a 3-0 advantage. The Quakers were not done though as Coloma singled, but was forced out on a fielder's choice. With two down, Rios beat out another infield hit and Erosa would bring both of the runners on base home with a two-RBI double into the left centerfield gap.

La Salle would threaten in the sixth with one-out and two-out singles, but Voves would end up taking all three outs in the inning herself via the strikeout to keep Penn out on front, 5-0. The Quakers were unable to stretch their lead any further in the sixth as the only offense they managed was a single by Placentra.

Things got a little tense for Penn in the seventh inning. After Voves struck out the leadoff hitter, two singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out. A single through the left side would give La Salle its first run of the afternoon, but Voves would let them get no closer. With the tying run at the plate, Voves got a strikeout for the second out and a grounder to short to preserve the 5-1 win.

In the second game, Penn's pitchers allowed just eight hits and walked no batters. The Quakers also got a combined 11 strikeouts from their two pitchers. Despite pitching just four innings in relief, Voves struck out a career-high nine batters to pick up her fourth win of the season. Seven players recorded hits in the second game, led by Gorney who went three-for-three. For the doubleheader, Gorney finished with five hits, while Rios had four. Turchin scored a combined four runs between the two games, while Dahlerbruch drove in four on Wednesday.

Softball will be back in action this weekend at Penn Park for the start of Ivy League play. On Friday, Brown comes to Philadelphia for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Yale comes to town for a doubleheader starting at 12:30 p.m.