PRINCETON, N.J. -Seeing its first Ivy South action this season, the University of Pennsylvania softball team split a doubleheader against Princeton on Saturday afternoon at the Class of 1895 Field. The Quakers rebounded from a 7-6 loss in Game One with a 4-0 victory in Game Two. Penn moves to 3-7 in the Ivy League this season, while Princeton shifts to 5-5.
Game One (Princeton 7, Penn 6)
Both teams' power was on full display in Game One, as the Quakers and Tigers combined to hit five home runs in the contest. It was a two-run shot by Kaylee Grant that opened the scoring, as Princeton jumped out a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
The Quakers responded with an explosive five-run second inning, which included back-to-back home runs for the first time this season. It was Alexis Sargent launching the first long ball, tying the game at 2-2. Three pitches later, Jurie Joyner smacked a solo home run to give Penn its first lead of the day. The Red and Blue would stretch that edge to 5-2 after Kanani Datan knocked in a pair with a single to right field. Leah Allen led off the frame with her fifth triple of the year, which ties Penn’s all-time single-season record.
Princeton hit the game’s fourth home run in the bottom of the second inning, as Skye Jerpbak drilled a two-run shot to cut the Penn lead to 5-4.
The Tigers would go on to score one run in both the third and fourth innings to take a 6-5 lead into the seventh.
Down to their final three outs, Allen led off the seventh with a solo home run to tie the game at 6-6. Not only did the long ball keep Penn alive, it also signified the 24th of Allen’s career—which ties Penn’s all-time home-run mark (Annie Kinsey).
Princeton walked off in the bottom of the seventh off a RBI base hit up the middle by Kayla Bose.
Game Two (Penn 4, Princeton 0)
In need of a spark in Game Two, it was Lauren Li who delivered. The senior captain was dominant in the circle, allowing just four hits in a complete-game shutout of the Tigers. Princeton only had a single hit prior to the last inning. The Quakers scored a pair in the second and a pair in the third, giving more-than-enough run support to Li.
Speaking of Li, she scored the game’s first run in the second inning. After leading off the frame with a walk, and moving over to the third on a double by Sarah Cwiertnia, she raced home on a perfectly executed bunt by Hayley Metcalf. Penn extended its lead to 2-0, following an Allen walk with the bases loaded.
The Red and Blue tacked on two more in the third when Sargent rocketed a two-out double to left-center field, scoring both Datan and Metcalf.
Datan, Sargent and Sam Pederson all had a team-high three hits, while Sargent led the way with four RBI.
The Quakers and Tigers will play two more in New Jersey tomorrow afternoon, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
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