Softball Combines for 43 Runs with Penn, But Drops a Pair of Games on the Road

Softball Combines for 43 Runs with Penn, But Drops a Pair of Games on the Road

Andrea Del Conte had three RBI in game two against Penn (Envision Sports Media).

PHILADELPHIA – Offense was on display Sunday when Harvard and Penn softball met for an Ivy League doubleheader in Philadelphia. After Penn captured the first game 10-4, game two proved to be a back-and-forth affair that went eight innings, with seven lead changes and 29 runs, ending with Penn edging past Harvard, 15-14.

Penn 10, Harvard 4
Maddy Kaplan and Katherine Lantz were each 2-for-4 at the plate, with Lantz driving in a pair of runs, but a five-run fourth inning sealed a 10-4 victory for the Quakers in game one Sunday.

Penn jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first frame. Leah Allen earned the first RBI, drawing a walk with the bases loaded. A double from Jurie Joyner tacked on two more runs before a sacrifice fly off the bat of Lainey Doris capped the scoring.

Harvard chipped away at the lead the next two innings. Giana Panariello reached base safely due to an error to begin the second frame and scored Harvard's first run two batters later on Catherine Callaway's single to left center. With two outs, Adrienne Hume brought home Harvard's second run of the inning when she ripped a 1-1 pitch to right center to bring home Callaway.

Another error to start the third by Penn cost it another run. Andrea Del Conte reached safely on an error by the shortstop and after she stole second, Lantz drove her in on a single to center. With that run, the Crimson had closed the gap to one, 4-3, but Penn responded with five runs in the fourth inning to extend its lead to 9-3.

Penn added its final run in the fifth inning, with Harvard getting that one back in the sixth. Lantz notched her second RBI of the game, driving in Kaplan with a two-out single to center.

Penn 15, Harvard 14
In the highest scoring game of the season for the Crimson, Harvard racked up 14 runs with eight players driving in a run, but Penn edged out a 15-14 victory in eight innings. Del Conte and Hume led the squad with three RBI, while Hume added two runs scored and a team-best 4-for-5 at the dish.

Identical to game one, Penn was on the board in the bottom of the first with Joyner hitting a three-run homer.

Harvard responded in the top of the second, scoring four runs with two outs as it batted around the lineup. Callaway's double to left plated the first run and two batters later Hume drove her in with a single left. Del Conte and Lantz followed with their own RBI to give Harvard the lead, 4-3.

The top of the third continued the scoring for Harvard with two more runs driven in by Hume. Haley Davis reached on a fielder's choice and Callaway singled to give Harvard two on with two outs. Facing a 0-1 count, Hume singled through the left side of the infield to bring in both base runners, extending the lead to 6-3.

Penn recovered one of those runs in the bottom of the frame to make it 6-4, with the fourth passing as the only inning without a run. The fifth made up for it, with 11 runs coming across the plate.

Harvard was first up, pushing its lead out to 10-4 with a quartet of runs. A single down the left field line by Melissa Lacro scored Davis. The Crimson's next three runs came with two outs, beginning when Maddy Kaplan singled up the middle to bring home Lacro and Callaway. Del Conte's RBI single through the left side culminated the Harvard scoring for the inning. In response, the Penn bats came alive in the bottom half of the inning, as 12 hitters visited the batter's box and seven runs came in to score to give the Quakers an 11-10 advantage.

The exciting nature of the game continued into the sixth, with the lead shifting twice as both teams scored a pair of runs on a home run. Davis regained the lead for the Crimson with a long ball over the centerfield wall, but Lauren Li turned the score back in favor of the Quakers with her own two-run shot.

Seventh inning heroics were on display first by Harvard's Del Conte, when her RBI triple to left center evened the score at 13-13. Zoe Galindo gave Harvard a 14-13 lead in the next at bat, singling out to left to score Del Conte. In the bottom half of the inning, Penn was down to its last out, but with the bases loaded Sydney Turchin was walked to force in the game-tying run sending it to extras.

In the extra frame, Penn was able to keep the Crimson off the board to bring its offense to the dish. Vanessa Weaver provided the clinching RBI for the Quakers, as her bloop single landed just past first base to score the game-winning run.

Harvard will look to bounce back during a six-game homestand that begins Tuesday against Rhode Island. Ivy League play continues next Friday with a doubleheader against Cornell and Saturday versus Princeton.