Softball Struggles to Stay Hot Drops Two to Lehigh

PHILADELPHIA – After a solid start to the spring season in Florida, the University of Pennsylvania softball team felt the cold weather and dropped two games to Lehigh on Wednesday afternoon. Now 6-7, the Quakers fell behind in game one and couldn’t catch up resulting in a Mountain Hawk 10-0 win in 5 innings. The Red and Blue held Lehigh to fewer runs in game two but were unable to score any of their own, falling 3-0. Penn will return to Penn Park on Sunday to host the University of the Sciences for a doubleheader at noon.

Game 1 – Lehigh (14-3)
WP: Emily Bausher (6-2), 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

LP: Alexis Borden (0-1), 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Senior captain Sydney Turchin led off for the Quakers and recorded the first hit of the game with a single that landed just over Lehigh’s shortstop. During junior captain Lauren Li’s at bat, Turchin added her 34th stolen base over her career and moved to the top of Penn’s list as the all-time leader. However, Turchin was left stranded on first as the Red and Blue took the field for the top of the second.

By the bottom of the third, the Mountain Hawks’ held a 4-0 lead, but the Quakers looked to crack the board when Li came to the plate in the home half of the inning with runners at second and first. Entering the game, Li was batting .500 (6/12) with runners in scoring position and was also 8/13 when at the plate with two outs, which was exactly the scenario she found herself in. However, Li lined out to the pitcher and was unable to bring anyone home this time around.

A scoreless fourth was followed by an explosive Lehigh offense, which scored six runs on five hits for a 10-0 lead. It meant that the Red and Blue were left with one final chance to score, and they unfortunately couldn’t find any momentum, going down in order.

Game 2 – Lehigh (15-3)
WP: Christine Campbell (7-1), 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

LP: Mason Spichiger (1-1), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Just like in game one, Lehigh was first on the board in game two after bringing two home in the top of the third. Hoping to respond, Turchin put down her second hit of the day with two outs and then found herself once again at second, after a passed ball. However, it was all the further she would get around the bags.

The bottom of the seventh was the Red and Blue’s best chance to score, as the Mountain Hawks held a 3-0 lead after scoring one in the sixth. Down to their final chance to score, Penn looked to be in business when junior Korinne Raby and sophomore Sydney Kranzmann recorded back-to-back hits with no outs. However, Lehigh took one away after sending freshman Katie Petroski back to the dugout swinging. However, a fielder’s choice that resulted in an error by the Mountain Hawk’s shortstop allowed Turchin to reach first to load the bases. After a pop up by freshman Hayley Metcalf, Li once again approached the plate with runners in scoring position. A called strike and a foul later, Li faced an 0-2 count. Unfortunately, Li went down swinging and the game ended with three left on the bases.

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