Softball Splits at Home against Lehigh

Box Score Game 1

Box Score Game 2

PHILADELPHIA - Penn Softball split its doubleheader with Lehigh (9-11) on Friday, winning the first game 4-2, before falling in the second game, 12-4 in five innings. The Quakers (6-8) got a strong pitching performance from Mikenzie Voves in the first game, but could not hold the Lehigh offense down for two consecutive games. With the win in the first game, Penn picked up its first victory at Warren Field of the season.

Game 1: Penn 4 Lehigh 2

Voves was dominant from the start in her outing. Right out of the gate, Voves set down the side in order, bringing Penn up to bat quickly. In Penn's first at-bats, Lehigh got two quick outs following a ground out and fly out to the second baseman. With two away, Alisha Prystowsky was hit by a pitch for the fourth time already this season. Brooke Coloma then singled through the left side, moving Prystowsky over to second. A Kelsey Wolfe walk loaded the bases for Penn in the first. However, a fly out to center field, that was nearly misjudged, resulted in the third out of the inning and the Quakers leaving the bases loaded.

In the second, Voves allowed just one walk before retiring the side and giving Penn another shot at putting the first run on the board. After a one-out walk by Bridget Ellsworth, Samantha Erosa lined out to the right fielder to put two away. Elysse Gorney would single into right center field, moving Ellsworth up to second base, but a fly out to center field would once again strand the base runners as Penn had left five on base through the first two innings.

In the third, Voves allowed her first hit, but would just allow one more walk the remainder of the inning to keep Lehigh off of the board through three innings. Prystowsky led off Penn's third with a walk and was moved over to second following Coloma's second single of the ballgame, knocking the pitch right back through the middle. With two on and nobody out, Wolfe laid down a textbook sacrifice bunt, but the ball went through the third baseman's legs, loading the bases with nobody out and giving Penn its third chance in as many innings to put the first run on the board.

Following a strikeout to put one away, Jessica Arneson singled to bring home Prystowsky and Coloma, giving Penn the early lead. On the same play, Wolfe was thrown out at third trying to take the extra base, while Arneson moved up to second on the throw. Laura Placentra came in to run for Arneson and would attempt to score on a Bridget Ellsworth single, but a perfect throw to the plate would beat Placentra and end the inning with Penn up 2-0 after three.

Lehigh would get one of those runs back in the top of the fourth. Following a double and a walk to put runners on first and second, Lehigh executed the sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third. A sacrifice fly would bring home the runner on third, but a pop up to the shortstop would end the Lehigh threat. Penn would manage just one walk in the bottom half of its fourth inning.

In the fifth, Lehigh got right back on the offensive attack. Following a walk and stolen base to put a runner on second base with nobody out, the umpire ruled that the batted ball hit the batter outside of the batter's box and she was called out for the first out of the inning. However, the next batter would deliver a single that scored the runner from second to tie the game. Undeterred, Voves would settle down to get the final two outs of the inning.

Penn would reclaim the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Coloma homered to left to start off the inning after fouling off several pitches looking for something she could handle. Following the big blast, Wolfe walked and Kayla Dahlerbruch put two aboard with a single. Arneson sacrificed the runners over to second and third with one out. Following an Ellsworth walk to load the bases, Erosa grounded up the middle on a ball fielded by the second baseman, but the throw to the plate was too late and all hands were safe on the infield single. The next two batters would be retired to end the inning with Penn ahead, 4-2.

From this point on, Voves would not surrender the lead again, following a leadoff single to start the sixth inning, Voves got a line out to Coloma in right field for the first out. On that same play, the runner on first strayed too far from the bag and Coloma fired the ball back to first to finish off the double play. A pop out to Stephanie Caso at shortstop would end the inning.

Penn would be retired in order in the sixth, but it would not matter as Voves would shut down the side in the final frame. In the end, Voves went the distance, allowing just four hits and two runs over the seven inning span to pick up her fourth victory of the season. Offensively, Coloma finished the game with three hits to go along with two runs and the RBI on her home run in the fifth.

Game 2: Lehigh 12 Penn 4

In the second game, Lehigh jumped out to the early advantage with a leadoff double that eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly to give the Mountain Hawks the early 1-0 lead.

Penn would bounce back with three of its own in the bottom of the inning. Gorney and Caso started the inning with back-to-back singles. Gorney then came home on the Prystowsky's perfectly placed single that landed right on the left field line. Coloma walked to load the bases and Dahlerbruch would bring home the second run of the inning with her single into left field. Following a strikeout, Georgia Guttadauro would put the ball in play forcing Lehigh to take the out at second base, scoring the third and final run of the inning.

Penn would give it right back in the second following two walks to start the inning and a sacrifice bunt to put the runners in scoring position. A single would bring home one run and the second would then score on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at three. The final single of the inning would plate Lehigh's fourth run of the game and give them the 4-3 advantage after one and a half.

Penn would be held scoreless in the bottom of the second and Lehigh would add another in the third following a leadoff single that was moved over on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. With the runner on third, a single into center field brought home Lehigh's fifth run of the game.

Penn would put two runners on in the bottom of the third, but they would both be stranded at the end of the inning. In the fourth inning, Lehigh would put up four more runs on five hits, four of which were singles, to take a 9-3 lead into the bottom of the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Gorney and Caso would get back-to-back singles again and advance to second and third following an error on the right fielder as she went for the catch and the ball ended up behind her. With one out, Prystowsky would sacrifice fly one of those runs home to make the score 9-4 after four innings.

In the fifth, Lehigh would have two batters reach on singles to start off the inning. They would both come around on a home run to deep center field, making the score 12-4. All Penn could manage in the bottom of the fifth was a two-out walk and the run rule was in effect after five innings to complete the evening.

These games held true to form with the team that scores first in the game typically taking home the victory. Penn scored first in game one and took home the win, while Lehigh did the same thing in game two. Penn is now 5-1 when its scores the first run of the game, but just 1-6 when the other team gets on the board first.

Softball will get another chance to pick up some home victories tomorrow as Rider comes to town for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The Quakers will be looking to put the second game loss behind them and come out sharp early with a week left until the Ivy Schedule gets underway. A live blog will once again by available tomorrow to follow all the action at Warren Field.