PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsyvlania softball team split a doubleheader with Army West Point on Friday afternoon, winning Game 1, 8-4, but dropping Game 2, 13-0, in five innings. The games were moved up from an original Saturday start due to the threat of inclement weather over the weekend.
Penn got off to a quick start with runs in the first two innings. In the first, back-to-back doubles by Lauren Li and Leah Allen plated Jessica England (Li was thrown at home on Allen’s two-bagger). In the second, Sam Pederson knocked home a run with a two-out single.
Army West Point came back to tie things up in the top of the third, and then the teams battled through two scoreless frames before an eventful sixth inning. The Black Knights put two on the board in the top half of the inning, both with two outs. However, in the bottom half of the inning the Quakers plated six runs to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Two massive blows in that half-inning -- a grand slam by Katie Petroski, her first as a collegian, and a two-run homer by Allen for her second HR in three games -- proved to be decisive. Petroski's shot over the center-field fence lifted Penn into the lead, and then Allen's line-drive homer to right field (four batters later) provided insurance.
Li, Allen and Alexis Sargent all had two hits in the game, providing a robust middle of the lineup. In all, Penn's 13 hits were spread out among 10 different players. Sargent also went the distance in the circle for Penn, scattering 10 hits and striking out six as she improved to 6-1 on the season.
Courtney Cuzick got the start in the circle for Penn, and was greeted rudely by Army West Point’s Emily Gray who rocketed a two-run homer to left-center in the first inning. The Black Knights then tacked on another run in the third with a two-out single.
Army West Point put this thing away in the fourth inning, scoring 10 runs -- amazingly, all with two outs. Mason Spichiger started the inning in the circle for Penn, and eventually gave way to Joy Lewis, but neither one could cool the Army West Point bats once they got hot. The knockout blow, and exclamation point on the inning, was a grand slam home run by Kasey McCravey, the Black Knights’ leadoff hitter.
On the other side, Penn’s bats cooled off significantly from Game 1 as Jurie Joyner and Sarah Cwiertnia had the Quakers’ only hits. Penn left five runners on base in getting shut out for the second time this season.
Penn is back at home again on Wednesday, hosting city rival La Salle for a doubleheader that will start at 3 p.m.
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