Villanova Comes Back to Win Game One, Teams Tie in Game 2

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PHILADELPHIA - Penn Softball lost to Villanova in the first game of the doubleheader when the Wildcats came from behind for a 7-5 victory. In the nightcap, the two teams once again played a tight contest with both squads being tied 2-2 after seven innings. The game was then called due to darkness shortly thereafter. Penn (10-12-1, 2-2 Ivy) took a 5-1 lead into the sixth inning of the first game before Villanova (13-18-1) rallied with three runs in each of the last two innings. In the second game, Penn jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Villanova scored two in the fifth to tie the game at two and neither team was able to score after that point.

Game 1: Villanova 7 Penn 5

In the first game, Villanova got on the board early with a single and stolen base which was eventually scored on the second single of the inning. Penn was retired in order in the bottom of the first and Mikenzie Voves put down Villanova in order in the top of the second.

Penn would take the lead in the bottom of the second on Kristen Johnson's second home run of the season. Brooke Coloma started off Penn's second inning with a walk and with one out Johnson lined a ball down the left field for her second home run in as many games.

Voves would hold the Wildcats off the board in both the third and fourth innings to preserve the one-run lead that Penn was holding onto. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Penn would add its third run of the game. After a strikeout to put one away, Jessica Arneson and Johnson had back-to-back singles. Georgia Guttadauro brought home Arneson when her fly ball to the outfield bounced out of the centerfielder's glove, making the score 3-1 after the fourth inning.

Voves would again shut down the Wildcat offense in the top of the fifth. In the bottom half of the inning, Samantha Erosa would reach on an infield error and steal second to put a runner in scoring position with nobody out. Elysse Gorney then grounded into a fielder's choice and Erosa found herself caught in a rundown. Despite eventually being tug out for the first out of the inning, Erosa stayed in the rundown long enough to allow Gorney to get all the way to second base on the play. After a strikeout put two away, Alisha Prystowsky tripled over the centerfielder's head and all the way to the wall giving her a two-out RBI. Coloma would then bring her home on a single into centerfield that made the score 5-1 after five full innings.

In the sixth, Villanova would cut into the Penn lead. After two singles to begin the inning, another single into the outfield was misplayed allowing both of the runners on base to come around to score. A groundout to second would give Penn two outs in the inning, but it would also allow the runner to score from third on the play, cutting the lead to 5-4.

In the bottom of the sixth, Penn had a chance to extend its narrow lead, but just could not come up with the key hit. With one out, Guttadauro singled through the right side of the infield and Erosa singled through the middle of the infield with two outs, putting two runners on base. Gorney would then a draw a walk to load the bases, but a strikeout ended the inning.

Being unable to score in the sixth would loom large in the end. Back-to-back singles put runners on the corners with nobody out for Villanova in the top of the seventh. The first run would cross the plate on a wild pitch, moving the other runner to second. After a walk, put runners on first and second, Villanova laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded but the throw to the bag beat the person covering the base and rolled into foul territory down the right field line. This allowed both of the runners to score and Villanova took the lead for the first time since the second inning. Penn would settle down and get out of the inning with no more damage, but it was not enough as Penn managed just one walk in its final at bats and fell 7-5 in the opener.

Game 2: Penn Villanova 2/7 Innings

Looking for a fresh start in game two, Cailyn Hennessy worked around base runners in the first two innings and kept Villanova off of the scoreboard, allowing Penn the opportunity to score first in the second game.

Penn would seize that opportunity in the bottom of the second. Kayla Dahlerbruch started off the second inning with a leadoff walk. She would advance to third on a Meg Krasne one-out double. Dahlerbruch would score on Justine Payne's hit up against the left-centerfield fence, but Elizabeth Madara, who came in to run for Krasne had to hold at third after waiting to see if Villanova would be able to come down with the hit in the gap and would be stranded at third to end the inning.

Hennessy would once again work her way through the top of the third inning without allowing a run. In the bottom of that inning, Penn would tack on its second run of the game. Prystowsky got the Penn offense going with a one-out single up the middle and was moved into scoring position on the Coloma sacrifice bunt. Dahlerbruch would then bring home Prystowsky on her double, but she was thrown out at third to end the inning trying to go for the extra base.

Both pitchers held the opposing lineups off the board in the fourth inning, but Villanova would tie the game in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Villanova put a runner on base with a double that would come around to score on a single. On that same play, the batter would advance to second on the throw to the plate. That would prove to be a huge extra base as the very next hitter knocked a single into left field allowing the runner from second to score on the play and tie the game at two. After another single and a fielder's choice, Penn would get out of the inning on a diving stop by Dahlerbruch who touched third to get the force to end the inning.

Penn would have a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth, but just could not push across its third run of the game. Laura Placentra gave the Quakers a base runner with nobody out when she led off the inning with a walk. Erosa bunted her over to second, but was also safe on the play when the second baseman dropped the ball covering first base. Jessica Melendez would then sacrifice bunt again and move the runners to second and third with just one out. The Wildcats walked Prystowsky to set up a force at every base. Villanova would then get out of the inning with a strike out and fly out to right.

Pitching held both offenses off of the board in the sixth and seventh innings and the game looked to be going to extra innings with the score tied 2-2. Hennessy took the mound for the eighth inning and got two outs in the inning before the umpires decided to call the game due to darkness.

With the eighth inning unable to be completed, the score was declared final after the seventh and ended in a 2-2 tie. This was the first tie for Penn Softball since the 2004 season when Penn tied Lehigh; a game that also ended in a 2-2 final.

The Quakers will now get back into Ivy League play this weekend when they take their first Ivy road trip to Brown and Yale this weekend. Penn will first travel to Yale on Friday for a double header beginning at 2 p.m. On Saturday, the team will be at Brown for a 12:30 doubleheader.