Softball Splits Close Games with Dartmouth

PHILADELPHIA – Friday’s Ivy League opener certainly wasn’t a letdown, as the University of Pennsylvania softball team split two exciting, close games with Dartmouth at Penn Park. The Big Green (8-13, 1-1 Ivy) took game one, 3-2, while the Red and Blue (9-9, 1-1 Ivy) claimed game two, 5-4. For the day, three Quakers batted .500 or over: freshman Jurie Joyner, junior captain Lauren Li, and sophomore Leah Allen. Joyner, who ended the day with the highest average at .667, went 2-3 at the plate, collected two RBI, and slugged 1.00. Li was 4-7, batting .571, while Allen was an even .500 (3-6) at the plate but slugged 1.167 with the help of a three-run homer in game two.

Penn was supposed to continue its opening Ivy weekend with Harvard on Saturday but will play now on Sunday (3/28), due to the forecasted weather. The doubleheader with the Crimson is still set for a 12:30 p.m. start.

A Look at the Doubleheader Numbers

Name

ab

r

h

2b

3b

hr

rbi

bb

k

sb

cs

avg

obp

slg

Dartmouth

59

7

17

7

0

2

7

4

11

4

1

.288

.344

.508

Penn

53

7

15

4

0

1

7

3

11

5

0

.283

.328

.415

Name

ip

h

r

er

bb

k

hr

era

Dartmouth

13

15

7

5

3

11

1

2.69

Penn

14

17

7

7

4

11

2

3.50

Game 1 – Dartmouth (8-12, 1-0)
WP: Kristen Rumley (5-9), 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

LP: Alexis Borden (3-6), 7.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Save: Morgan McCalmon (1), 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 B, 1 K

After threatening to score early in the first inning, Dartmouth was first on the board when Tiffany Dyson scored on a Katie McEachern double in the top of the second and then scored two more in the fourth when Dyson hit a two-run homer.

Behind 3-0 in the home half of the fourth, junior captain Lauren Li sliced a double down the right line on the first pitch, and sophomore Alexis Sargent kept up the trend, putting Li on third with a single to left field on her first pitch. The momentum had changed and was in the Quakers’ hands, and freshman Hayley Metcalf, who pinch ran for Sargent, kept it up when she stole second. Fellow freshman Jurie Joyner came to the plate with one out and runners in scoring position. A sac fly to center brought Li in safely and an errant play by third baseman Kelsey Miller allowed Metcalf to bring the score within one, 3-2. However, it was all the Red and Blue would score.

A pitching battle between ensued between the two seniors who are all too familiar with one another, until Rumley was replaced in the circle -- after giving up a double to Allen with one out -- by Morgan McCalmon during the top of the sixth. The pitching change for the Big Green turned out to be the right move as two straight pop ups ended the inning.

Both teams went down in order in the seventh and Dartmouth took the first game, 3-2.

Game 2 – Dartmouth (8-13, 1-1)
WP: Lauren Li (3-1), 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

LP: Kristen Rumley (5-10), 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Save: Alexis Borden (2), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Once again, the Big Green was on the score board first after bringing one home in the top of the first. This time around, their lead would be taken away in the very next half when sophomore Leah Allen hit her second bomb of the season with junior captain Lauren Li and junior Kanani Datan on to give Penn a 3-1 lead.

Neither team would score in the next three innings, but with a leadoff double in the top of the fifth, Dartmouth gained some momentum and tied things up at 3-3.

After senior captain Vanessa Weaver reached first on an error by second baseman Tiffany Dyson during the first at bat of the home half of the sixth, the Quakers began making their moves around the bags for the lead. A sac bunt by freshman Molly Oretsky moved Weaver to second, and senior captain Sydney Turchin moved her to third when she beat the throw to first. She then recorded her fifth stolen base of the season, and Datan was at the plate with one out and runners in scoring position. On a 1-1 count, Datan grounded to Dyson at second, whose throw to home was late and allowed Weaver to make the sliding tag at home. Li brought in the final and what ended as the winning run with a single up the middle for a 5-3 lead.

A leadoff home run by League leader Katie McEachern gave the Red and Blue a scare as the Big Green came within one, but after a groundout to Borden for out number one, she threw straight strikeouts to close out game two with a 5-4 victory.

Download: Dartmouth boxscore1.pdf