PHILADELPHIA – Seeing their first home action of 2016, the University of Pennsylvania softball team completed a doubleheader sweep of Lafayette on Wednesday at Penn Park. The Quakers posted winning scores of 4-0 in Game One, and 2-1 in the nightcap. It took about five hours to complete the two contests due to a pair of lightning delays in Game Two of the day.
A grand slam from junior slugger Leah Allen in the third inning was all the Quakers needed in the first seven innings. Just like they drew it up, it was the top of the order that set the table for the home run. Freshman Sam Pederson knocked a base hit to lead things off, while a walk to Kanani Datan and a single by Lauren Li, filled the bases. Allen rocketed the second pitch she saw over the center field wall.
Four runs was more than enough thanks to a dominant performance from Alexis Sargent in the circle. The junior right-hander scattered just three hits, while striking out nine. She also didn’t walk a batter, and forced eight fly outs. It was Sargent’s fourth complete game of the season, and improves her record to 5-1 this year.
Li had a pair of hits in Game One, while Datan and Sarah Cwiertnia also chipped in knocks.
Game One’s quick pace was quickly halted during a lightning delay between contests. Once play resumed, it was once again the top of the order that sparked Penn’s offense—specifically Allen again.
Pederson and Datan recorded back-to-back singles to begin the game—and after a fielder’s choice moved them both over—Allen drilled a triple to center field. Pederson and Datan once again rounded the bases, and Allen finished the day with all six of Penn’s RBI.
Allen’s offense would once again be enough, as sophomore Mason Spichiger and Li combined to allow just one run off the bats of the Leopards. Spichiger picked up her second win of the season, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings. She also closed the door on a two-on, two-out threat from Lafayette in the top of the seventh inning.
The Quakers will be back at Penn Park on Saturday for a doubleheader against Army West Point, beginning at 1 p.m.
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