Monmouth 3, Penn 2
Monmouth 7, Penn 2
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - With a pair off goose eggs on the board heading into the sixth inning of game one, the Quakers struck to take a 2-0 lead, but Monmouth answered back to score one in the sixth, one in the seventh, and one in the extra stanza to steal the 3-2 win from Penn. In game two, the Hawks rode a sixth inning rally for a 7-2 victory. Penn fell to 3-8 on the season Saturday afternoon at MU Softball Park, while Monmouth improved to 3-6.
In a defensive battle through the first five innings, the Quakers snuffed out any offensive momentum MU tried to get, including their first 6-4-3 double play of the season, and Keiko Uraguchi's throw home from center field that gunned out an advancing Hawk from third to end the third inning.
In the sixth, pinch hitter Susan Miller reached first after getting hit by a pitch and pinch runner Jessica Melendez advanced to second on Bridget McDugall's sacrifice bunt. Uraguchi's single put two ducks on the pond for junior Alisha Prystowsky's double, plating two.
The Hawks got one back in the bottom of the inning after a lead-off triple and a sacrifice fly that scored the runner. With the game on the line, they tied it up in the seventh, and added one more in the bottom of the eighthfor the walk-off win.Tish Derer's lead-off walk turned into the winning run after advancing on a single and ground out, and scoring on a fielding error.
Penn hurler Chelsea Ott took the loss after pitching a strong complete game, allowing three runs, two earned, eight hits, while striking out four. Melissa Mehrer earned the win, allowing two runs, four hits, and striking out four in eight innings.
In the second game of the afternoon, Monmouth took the early lead with single runs in the first two innings. The Quakers made it 2-1 in the sixth when freshman Jessica Arneson scored on a wild pitch, but the Hawks answered back immediately with five runs in the bottom frame.
With one last attempt in the seventh, Penn added just one more to the board on freshman Brooke Coloma's RBI single down the left field line, scoring Uraguchi. The Quakers almost made a run for it, but ended the game with three stranded on base.
Arneson went 2-3 with a run scored, while Coloma, Elora Daniele, and Liz Madara all had a hit in the game.
In the circle, Cailyn Hennessy took the loss, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing nine hits, and six runs, four earned. Lindsay Mann saw time out of the bullpen, finishing up the wild sixth inning's last two outs. She allowed a hit, a run, and a walk.
The Quakers are back in action Wednesday when they travel to take on Lehigh at 3 p.m. for a doubleheader.