Softball Splits Two with Lafayette

Penn 13, Lafayette 11 (game 1)

Lafayette 8, Penn 5(game 2)

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn softball team used a nine-run fifth inning, including a grand slam by freshman Brooke Coloma to top Lafayette 13-11 in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday afternoon on Warren Field. The Quakers fell 8-5 in game two, getting their last at-bats in just before dark.

In the bottom of the fifth Penn (12-15, 6-2)nullified what seemed to be a commanding 6-0 lead in favor of the Leopards after Lafayette scored on a pair of runs in each of the first, second, and fifth frames. With bases loaded and no outs, Coloma got Penn on the board with her second grand slam of the season; the last one being a walk-off to win the game over Brown.

A single by junior Kelsey Wolfe and back-to-back walks for freshmen Bridget Ellsworth and Sam Erosa set up a three RBI double by freshman Stephanie Caso, her second hit of the inning. Junior Alisha Prystowksy's single to left field plated Caso and senior Keiko Uraguchi, who reached on her second hit of the inning, capping the rally and giving Penn the 9-6 lead.

Freshman Lyndsay Mann relieved starter Cailyn Hennessy to start the sixth, but got pulled after Lafayette strung a single, walk, double, and another single together to even the score. Junior Taylor Tieman got the Quakers out of the jam, but not before Kerry Griffin's single scored Stacey Kushner to go ahead one.

However, Penn rallied again, scoring four in the sixth, sparked by Wolfe's double that plated pinch runner Elora Daniele, and followed by a series of walks and errors that scored sophomore Justine Payne, Ellsworth, and Wolfe. Caso also belted her fourth hit of the game in the comeback, finishing 4-for-5 with three runs batted-in and two runs scored.

The Leopards threatened in the seventh with Madeline Allen's leadoff inside-the-park home run, but that is all they got, as Tieman (6-2) earned the win for Penn, throwing 1.2 innings, allowing two hits, a run, a walk, while striking out one.

Hennessy (3-5) threw the first five innings, giving up eight hits, six runs, four earned, three walks, and striking out three. Lafayette's Christine Hilcken (2-6) took the loss, allowing 10 hits, 11 runs, four earned, six walks, and striking out two in five innings. Ali Henry threw the final frame against the Quakers, letting in two, and pitched the complete second game to earn the win.

Penn got off to a rocky start in the nightcap facing bases loaded and no outs in the first without giving up a hit. Tieman relieved starter Tory Satagaj after she walked in the Leopards first run of the game. Lafayette added three more on a wild pitch, a Griffin RBI single, and a throwing error on an attempted pickoff for the 4-0 lead.

The Quakers responded in the bottom of the inning with three of their own, led by Uraguchi's RBI bunt single and Wolfe's single that plated two after two Leopard errors put runners on base.

Lafayette struck again in the fifth with five hits and three runs, but the Quakers chased, adding one to their side on Coloma's sacrifice fly that scored Prystowsky from third. However, the Leopards cancelled it out in the sixth, tallying another for an 8-4 advantage.

Penn answered in the sixth on Caso's fifth hit and fourth RBI of the day, plating Ellsworth, but the Quakers' seventh inning attempt fell short as dusk fell across the field after two lengthy contests.

Satagaj (0-2) took the loss, facing four batters and allowing four runs, two earned, and two walks. Out of the bullpen, Tieman threw 7.0 innings, allowing 12 hits, four runs, a walk, while striking out four.

The Quakers are back in action this weekend, hosting Cornell in a battle for first place in the Ivy Southern Division. They will play a four-game series starting with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. on Saturday and then a twin bill at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.