Penn 5, Temple 4 Box Score (8 Inn.) (Game 1)
Temple 9, Penn 6 Box Score (Game 2)
PHILADELPHIA - Softball earned a second split against a second Philadelphia school Saturday at Temple. The Quakers (10-7) needed extra innings to take the first game, but would do so in the eighth with a 5-4 win. In the second game, it would be Temple (10-9) that rallied late to overtake Penn by a 9-6 final. For the Quakers, Kayla Dahlerbruch had a career day at the plate, smashing three home runs over the two games. Alexis Borden also picked up her sixth win in the circle during the opening game with another complete game effort.
Penn, Temple 4 (8 Inn.) (Game 1)
The Quakers jumped out early in game one with a run in the first inning. Elysse Gorney got things going with a one-out single. She was moved into scoring position by Dahlerbruch on the next at-bat. With two down, Brooke Coloma would bring Gorney around with the RBI single back through the middle, giving Penn the early 1-0 lead.
The Owls would answer back in the second. After a single right back at the pitcher, Temple looked to move the runner into scoring position with a sacrifice. However, Penn could not make the play defensively. That error would loom large. Borden struck out two of the next three hitters, but the middle reached on catcher's interference to load the bases. A two-out double to left center would then bring home those two unearned runs, giving Temple the 2-1 edge after the first.
Penn looked to be on its way to tying the game in the second. Samantha Erosa singled with one out and Karina Rios walked with two, but a fly out would strand both base runners. With the help of some good defense at third, Borden would answer back and retire Temple in order during the second.
The Quakers would put two more runners on in the third with singles by Sydney Turchin and Dahlerbruch. However, a caught stealing put two away and Temple would again strand a runner on the base paths. Borden conceded a leadoff single in the bottom half, but got the next three to keep Penn within a run.
Both teams would put one runner on in the second as Jessica Melendez singled to start the top of the fourth, while Borden worked around a walk in the bottom half as both sides went to the fifth with the score still 2-1. The score would remain that way for another inning as Penn was unable to get anything going, while Temple managed just two base runners, including another on a catcher's interference before being shut down.
With Penn still looking for its first home run of the season, Dahlerbruch would change that in the sixth inning with her solo shot over the left field wall. This tied the game at two-all. With the score knotted, Borden retired the Owls' side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings. Penn would put two runners on in the top of the seventh, but again two more runners were stranded before going into extra innings.
Coloma got things going in the extra frame with a leadoff single back through the middle. She was bunted into scoring position by Melendez and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a walk to Erosa, Jessica Arneson laid down the sacrifice bunt, but all hands reached on the fielder's choice to load the bases with the defense shifting to defend the bunt.
Rios would bring home the first run of the extra frame with a smash right off the pitcher, keeping the bases loaded. After an out, Turchin would also take her pitch right back the middle at the pitcher, who then threw the ball away, allowing two runs to score as Penn took a 5-2 lead into the bottom half.
Temple would make things interesting with a leadoff home run and one-out walk to start the final inning. Another defensive error, followed by a single through the right side cut the lead to one. With runners on first and second and just one out, Borden would get a fly outs to center and shortstop, ending the Owls' threat and securing her sixth win of the season.
In the winning effort, Borden went eight innings, her fifth straight start the she went the distance. She allowed six hits and two walks, while striking out 10. Only two of the four runs were earned. Offensively, Penn finished the opener with 10 hits, including two each by Gorney, Dahlerbruch and Coloma.
Temple 9, Penn 6 (Game 2)
In the second game, Penn would again jump out early with three runs in the top of the first. After a single and stolen base by Turchin, Gorney walked to put two aboard for Dahlerbruch. She would bring them both home and more with her second home run of the day to left field. Temple would get one of those back in the bottom half after a leadoff walk got to second on an error and scored on a two-out single.
Up 3-1, Penn would be retired in order to start the second, but Temple would get another run back in the bottom of the second. After a one-out single that was followed by two walks to load the bases, the Quakers conceded a run on a RBI groundout to short. Penn starter Lindsay Mann would then get Penn through the inning without major damage, getting another groundout for the third out of the frame.
Penn would stretch its lead back to two runs in the third. Turchin singled to start the inning. She advanced to third with one-out on two separate wild pitches. Coloma would then bring her home with another RBI single back through the middle. With the two-run cushion, Mann got the leadoff in the Temple third and the Penn defense would turn the only double play of the day, erasing a one-out single, sending the game to the fourth with Penn up, 4-2.
The Quakers could not do anything in their half of the fourth or fifth, but Mann set down the Temple side in order in the fourth and looked to be in line for the win. Temple would mount its rally in the fifth. After a leadoff walk came around to score on a fielding error, that error became even more magnified when the next batter smashed a two-run homer, giving Temple the 5-4 lead. The Owls would get two more singles in the infield, but Penn would get two infield pop-ups to escape even further damage.
In the sixth, Penn put two on with a walk and hit-by-pitch. However, they would both be stranded. Temple would add four more on just three hits in the sixth, including two doubles, to stretch its lead to 9-4. In the last at-bat for Penn, Vanessa Weaver drew a leadoff walk. She would stay at first until there were two down. She would then score on Dahlerbruch's third home run of the day, her second of this game. However, Temple would get the next hitter to secure the 9-6 win and the split.
Penn racked up 15 hits Saturday. Four came from Dahlerbruch, while Coloma and Turchin added three more each between the two games. Dahlerbruch's three home runs were more than she hit during her entire freshman campaign. She is the first Penn player to hit three home runs on the same day since Melendez did that against Cornell last season.
Softball will be back on the road next Wednesday for a doubleheader with Lehigh beginning at 2:30 p.m.