PHILADELPHIA -- After a slow start to the day, the University of Pennsylvania softball team got into a groove at the plate and defeated the University of the Sciences in a doubleheader by identical scores of 9-1 in 6 innings at Penn Park on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Alexis Sargent and junior captain Lauren Li both recorded their second wins of the season, while a total of nine Quakers hit at least .500 on the day. The Red and Blue improve to 8-7 and will play two games away on Wednesday before opening the Ivy season with Dartmouth on Friday.
Game 1 – USciences (3-8)
WP: Alexis Sargent (2-0), 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
LP: Nicole Ayers (2-2), 5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 2 K
The Devils were first on the board when their lead off batter in the top of the second hit a solo shot out to right field on a 3-2 count. Despite getting on the board, it was all USciences would score in the first game.
Penn answered in the bottom of the second, capitalizing on three straight walks starting with a lead-off base on balls to sophomore Leah Allen. With bases loaded and one out, freshman Katie Petroski recorded her first RBI of the season, knocking Allen in with a single through the left side. The Quakers scored one more when a throwing error by the Devils third baseman allowed Sargent to make it home safely.
The Red and Blue held a 2-1 lead until the bottom of the fifth when four more runs came across the plate. Getting on with a single through the right side, senior captain Sydney Turchin was first across in the inning when she scored on a passed ball. Junior captain Lauren Li was walked and attempted to steal second but was caught in a run down. Even though Li was out, it deflected the attention away from freshman Sarah Rowley, who scored for a 4-1 lead. Two more came across when Allen scored on a wild pitch and sophomore Vera Barnwell scored on a sac fly hit to center by freshman Jurie Joyner.
But Penn wasn’t quite done yet and ended the game in the bottom of the sixth when Barnwell was walked with bases loaded. Before the walk-off walk, freshman Hayley Metcalf and Turchin each scored a run on a hit from Rowley and Li, respectively.
Game 2 – Uciences (3-9)
WP: Lauren Li (2-1), 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
LP: Cassie Lapotsky (0-4), 5.10 IP, 14 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
The Quakers picked up right where they left off, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first. Sargent supplied the first two runs with a single that dropped by the right field line, while a throwing error to first by the short stop allowed Sargent and Joyner to score. The final run of the inning came across by freshman Molly Oretsky when another single was hit by the right field line, this time by sophomore Sydney Kranzmann.
With a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third, the Red and Blue made it a 7-0 when Weaver knocked in Oretsky and sophomore Casey Stevko allowed Weaver to reach home with a single to right field.
USciences got on the board in the top of the fifth, scoring one off a double to right field, but Penn’s defense held strong and kept the score at 7-1.
Kranzmann hit a triple RBI in the bottom of the fifth, but the Quakers didn’t score the winning run until the bottom of the sixth when junior Korinne Raby hit a walk-off double that allowed freshman Rachel Cullen to score.
Download: USciences boxscore1.pdf