PHILADELPHIA – Four runs in the bottom of the sixth weren’t quite enough for the University of Pennsylvania softball to top Villanova in a midweek game at Penn Park. The Quakers (13-14, 4-4 Ivy) weren’t only battling the Wildcats (14-18, 4-5 BIG EAST) as a continuous light rain and cold wind consumed Wednesday’s match-up, causing a slight delay in the top of the fifth. However, Villanova prevailed in the not-so-ideal conditions, defeating the Red and Blue 8-4. Sophomore Alexis Sargent had a solid day both at the plate and in the circle, hitting .500 and only allowing one hit in two innings; while freshman Jurie Joyner put Penn on the board first with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth, recording two RBI and bringing her season total to 23.
Villanova 8 (14-18), Penn 4 (13-14)
WP: Kate Poppe (6-11), 5.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
LP: Lauren Li (4-2), 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
After two scoreless innings, Villanova was first on the board in the top of the third when catcher Natalia Segovia hit a home run to left field. The Wildcats went on to score two more runs that inning for a 3-0 lead. Despite a short rain delay in the top of the fifth, Villanova put up two more only to add another three the next inning for an 8-0 lead.
Through five, the Quakers had only mustered one hit when sophomore Sydney Kranzmann dropped one to second in the third inning. But the Red and Blue found some momentum in the fifth after Joyner hit a two-run bomb to right field with two outs. After a base hit to short from Sargent, Villanova pitcher Kate Poppe walked sophomore Leah Allen and junior Korinne Raby to load the bases.
The Wildcats changed pitchers and brought in Brette Lawrence to finish the job. However, another walk to senior captain Vanessa Weaver brought one more run in for Penn and kept the bases loaded. A wild pitch allowed Allen to reach home safely as she brought the score to 8-4. A groundout to Lawrence then ended the rally.
Both teams managed one more hit each in the seventh inning but the scoring ended in the sixth and Villanova took the win.
Download: Villanova Boxscore.pdf