Softball Swept By Visiting Villanova

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Philadelphia – The University of Pennsylvania softball team fell to a very tough Villanova squad, 7-2 and 9-0 (F/5), this afternoon in a non-conference doubleheader on Warren Field.

Lisa Krueger started things off for the Villanova (26-16) with a lead-off home run in the first inning. The Wildcats pulled ahead, 2-0, on a solo shot by Kari Koller in the third inning. Koller was also responsible for driving in Villanova’s third run of the day with a bloop single to right center in the fifth inning. Allie Winiewski broke the game open one batter later with a grand slam to put the Wildcats on top, 7-0. Penn (12-17) earned a run back in the bottom half of the inning as sophomore Kaelin Ainley blasted her second home run of the season. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, junior Meghan Cowen was plunked in the helmet allowing her to reach first base and force home Erin Boyle to make the score, 7-2. The bases remained loaded but the Quakers were unable to tally any further runs. Lindsey Permar (3-7) picked up the loss going 4.2 innings allowing seven runs on seven hits. Shannon Williams picked up the win for Villanova allowing just two hits and striking out six batters in four innings.

Things did not get any easier for the Red and Blue in game two as Villanova jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Krissy Yauch scored on a single by Cassie Koenig. The Wildcats plated two more runs in the top of the second as Krueger homered for the second time on the day. Krueger went on to finish the day a combined 6-for-8 with four runs scored and three runs batted in.

Penn threatened in the bottom of the third inning loading the bases with two outs, but were unable to push any runs across the plate. The Villanova offense was still going strong in the fourth inning adding five runs on five hits, including a home run by Veronica Alvarez to make the score, 9-0. Wildcats’ pitchers Kat Walsh and Kristen Haynes combined for the one-hit shutout. The Quakers’ only hit of the game came in the first inning as Annie Kinsey single and advanced to second on a ball to right field. Senior Kara Eyre (0-1) took the loss allowing three runs on four hits in two innings.

The Quakers resume Ivy League action this weekend as it hosts Dartmouth at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Harvard at 1 p.m. on Sunday. A special Senior Day ceremony will take placeprior tothe first game of Sunday’s doubleheader.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant