Softball Sweeps Past Lehigh

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – After splitting its last three doubleheaders, Penn (11-14) did one better on Tuesday sweeping Lehigh (15-8) at Kaufman Field. The Quakers needed extra frames to win game one, doing so 6-3 in nine innings. The Red and Blue took game two 3-1, which was calledafter the fifth inning due to darkness.

Penn scored a run in the first thanks to a lead-off double by Stephanie Reichert. She was moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt by Teresa Leyden. Annie Kinsey then knocked in Reichert on a sacrifice fly.

The game was scoreless until the fourth when both teams scored. In the top-half, Julia Cheney doubled down the left field line scoring Christina Khosravi, who lead-off with a double.

In the home-half, Lauran Haney doubled to lead-off the inning. Kristyn Kubiak, who pinch ran for Haney, scored the Mountain Hawks first run on a wild pitch by starter Olivia Mauro. Next batter, Kate Arico knocked in Lehigh’s second run on a fielder’s choice. That would be all for Lehigh in the fourth. Neither team scored again until the seventh.

Once again it was the top of the order delivering for the Quakers. Reichert tripled with one out and scored on a Leyden single to give Penn a 3-2 lead. The Red and Blue threatened again in the seventh but stranded runners on second and third.

With Penn one out away from a win, Heather Hamasaki singled to center. Next batter Lauren Haney singled to center as well and pinch runner Ali Torborg came around to score on an error to tie the game at 3-3. Mauro got the next batter to fly out to left and the game went into extra innings.

In the top of the ninth the Quakers top of the order came to life again. Leyden singled back to the pitcher with one out and moved up to second on a passed ball. Khosravi doubled to center plating Leyden for the go ahead run. However, Penn was not finished there. Cheney doubled to right scoring Khosravi. After a Brandi King single, pinch hitter Melissa Haffner singled to right scoring Cheney. King was thrown out at third to end the inning, but Penn put three on the board to go up 6-3.

The Mountain Hawks did not go easily in the bottom half of the ninth. Megan Conrad drew a lead off walk from Lindsey Permar (1-4). Next batter, Hanley singled to right and Conrad tried to take the extra base but was thrown out at third by Jen Nichols. After another base hit and runners at the corners with one out head coach Leslie King opted to bring in Emily Denstedt from the bullpen in relief of Permar. Denstedt walked the first batter she faced, but induced a ground ball back to the circle from the next batter and threw out the runner at the plate on a fielder’s choice for the second out. Julie Sterret then lined out to left to end the game.

Permar was credited with the win pitching one and a third in relief of Mauro who pitched seven solid innings allowing just three runs.

Game two started out the exact same way as the first game. Reichert doubled and was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Leyden. This time Reichert scored on a groundball to second by Cheney. King added on two more runs on a single to right that scored Kinsey and Khosravi.

Denstedt (7-7) allowed one run on a two-out single in the bottom of the first. That would all the scoring by either team until the game was called after the Mountain Hawks batted in the fifth.

Reichert, Kinsey and Cheney all went 2-for-3 in game two.

Penn opens its Ivy League schedule on Saturday hosting Princeton in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. at Warren Field.