Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
PHILADELPHIA - Penn Softball once again earned another split on Saturday against Rider to finish out the weekend with two wins following a split against Lehigh. Against Rider, the Quakers (7-9) lost the first game 8-3, but rebounded in the second game to come away with the 6-4 victory in come from behind fashion.
Game 1: Rider 8 Penn 3
In the first game, Penn looked strong early on as Mikenzie Voves set down the Broncs in order to start the game. Rider would counter, retiring the Penn batters after allowing a walk to keep the game scoreless after one.
Voves worked around a leadoff walk to start the second inning, eventually stranding the runner on third. Justine Payne worked a two-out walk in the bottom of the second, but Penn could do no more as the game was still scoreless after two innings.
In the third, Rider put the first runs up on the board with a three-run inning. Following a leadoff walk and a bunt single to put runners on first and second, a defensive error loaded up the bases with nobody out. Rider would deliver a single into center field to score the first run of the game. Following a strikeout, Penn would get the second out on the fielder's choice to the middle infielders, but another run would cross the plate in the process. With runners on the corners, the Broncs executed the double steal, scoring their third run of the inning. A second strikeout would end the Rider threat, but Penn still trailed 3-0 at that point.
Both Penn and Rider would be retired in order in the bottom of the third and the top of the fourth to keep the game at 3-0. In the bottom of the fourth, Kayla Dahlerbruch tried to get the Penn offense going with a one-out walk. Payne then singled to put two runners aboard and a Bridget Ellsworth walk loaded the bases with two down in the inning. The inning would end on a sharply hit grounder to the short stop to keep Penn scoreless in the fourth.
In the top of the fifth, Rider's first batter of the inning reached on an error in the outfield. She stole second on the very next pitch and took third after the throw down to second ended up in centerfield. A single would bring the runner home from third. A double into the left center field gap would bring home the second run of the inning for Rider and she would eventually come around to score on a single to make the score 6-0. These consecutive hits prompted Penn to make a pitching change, bringing in Taylor Tieman to get the final outs of the inning. After loading the bases, Tieman got a ground ball hit right back at her and got the force at home and the play at first to end the inning on the double play.
In the bottom of the fifth, Elysse Gorney and Stephanie Caso started off the inning with back-to-back singles. Alisha Prystowsky brought both of those runs home with a triple down the right field line to cut the Rider lead to 6-2. After a ground out to first, Dahlerbruch singled back through the middle to score Prystowsky, making the score 6-3. Kelsey Wolfe then doubled down the left field line. After Dahlerbruch was held at third on the play, Penn had runners on second and third with one out. However, the Penn offense would get no more as Rider induced two groundouts to end the inning.
Neither side would score in the sixth, although Penn did put two runners on base in the bottom half of the inning. In the seventh, Rider would add two insurance runs, including one that came on a solo home run to left field.
Penn would get back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but would not be able to score any as the final two batters were retired to end the game.
In the first game, Penn actually out-hit Rider 8-7, but five errors defensively and 12 runners left on base would undo the Quakers in the end.
Game 2: Penn 6 Rider 4
In the second game of the afternoon, Cailyn Hennessy would get the start for Penn. She was sharp out of the gate, retiring the side in order in the top of the first. In the bottom of the inning, Caso legged out a triple into the right centerfield gap and would eventually score on the Prystowsky sacrifice fly to make the score 1-0.
In the second inning, Rider would get that run back. Following a double and a single to start the inning that put runners on the corners with no outs, Penn would get the first out of the inning on a grounder to short and the runners would have to hold. The next batter also grounded to short and Rider tried to score on the play, but Caso fired the ball to Prystowsky at the plate, getting the second out of the inning. With runners on the corners, a two-out single would tie the game at one.
In the bottom of the second, Penn took the lead with two more runs. Dahlerbruch led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on an error in the outfield. A passed ball moved her up to third and Wolfe would bring her home on the RBI single up the middle. Ellsworth then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Wolfe into scoring position. In her first plate appearance of the day, Elizabeth Madara drove in Wolfe on a double into left centerfield, making the score 3-1 after two innings.
Both sides would put their leadoff hitters on base in the third, but neither side could put anything on the scoreboard.
In the fourth inning, a leadoff single, followed by an error put the first two runners on base. Another single would score the runner from second and cut the Penn lead to one run. The third single in four at-bats that inning would plate the second run and tie the game at three. However, Hennessy would work her way out of the no-out jam to keep the game tied after three and a half.
A new pitcher for Rider shut down the Quakers in the bottom of the fourth and the Broncs would get back on the offense in the fifth. Brittany Eckett delivered her second home run of the day with a shot over the center field fence to give Rider the 4-3 lead. Following a single with nobody out, Penn went back to Voves to try and finish out game two. Voves came in and forced the double play to erase the inherited runner and also got a ground out to first to end the half inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Samantha Erosa answered Eckett's home run with her first long ball of the season, taking the pitch over the left field fence and tying the game at four.
In the sixth, Voves would retire the side in order with two ground outs sandwiched around a swinging strikeout. In the bottom of the inning, Brooke Coloma and Dahlerbruch started things off with back-to-back walks. With one out, Ellsworth grounded out to short on a spectacular throw from the hole, but the runners did move up to second and third with two outs. Laura Placentra then came in to run for Dahlerbruch at second base. Madara continued to make the most of her at-bats as she singled back through the middle, scoring both Coloma and Placentra, making the score 6-4 after six innings.
In the seventh, Voves would continue her workmanlike second game as she retired the side in order, including finishing off the game in style with a swinging strikeout to earn the fifth win of her freshman campaign.
Offensively, Madara finished the second game with three RBI's to compliment her 2-3 day at the plate. Wolfe also had a very nice day overall, finishing 3-5 with 2 RBI's between the two games.
The trend of the team who scores first winning continued on Saturday. Penn is now 6-1 when scoring the first run, but just 1-8 when the opposition scores first.
Penn will now hit the road for one final tune up for the Ivy League season as the Quakers travel across town to take on La Salle on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. Following the game at La Salle, Penn opens up the Ivy schedule at home with Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday.