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Big Innings Push Penn Past Softball, 6-3 and 7-2

Kasey Lange launched a pair of homeruns Friday against Penn (Photo: Mike Slade).

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –
In a rematch of the 2012 Ivy League Championship Series, the Penn Quakers used a big inning in each game of a doubleheader to take down the Harvard softball team, 6-3 and 7-2, Friday on the opening day of Ivy League competition. The losses push Harvard to 7-14 on the year while Penn moves to 12-10 in 2013.

It was a great start for the Crimson on the day, as the guests took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1. Shelbi Olson drove a one-out single through the left side and Kasey Lange quickly brought her in, pounding a homerun to right-center, staking the Crimson to a 2-0 edge. Morgan Groom was on cruise control for the first two innings, holding Penn without a hit in that span and keeping it off the board despite a pair of Harvard miscues.

The bottom of the third was when Penn did most of their damage in the opening game, plating five runs to take its first lead of the game. A single and an error put two runners on with one out and Elysse Gorney got the hosts on the board with an RBI single. A strikeout got Harvard its second out of the frame, but the crushing blow came in the form of a grand slam, courtesy of Georgia Guttadauro, which put Penn out in front for good. Harvard managed to collect hits in each of the remaining innings, including an RBI single from Olson in the sixth, but Penn's Alexis Borden did enough to keep the Crimson from mounting a comeback in the 6-3 final.

Olson led all Crimson hitters in Game 1 with a 3-for-4 showing from the plate to go with a run scored and an RBI. Kasey Lange had a pair of hits and two RBI in the game and Adrienne Hume also had a pair of base hits in the contest. Groom shouldered the loss in the circle, surrendering just two earned runs in six innings and fanning three batters.

It was the Quakers that struck first in the second game of the day, utilizing a quartet of first-inning singles to jump out to a 4-0 lead after one frame. Brooke Coloma and Kayla Dahlerbruch notched an RBI single each on the inning. Penn pitcher Lauren Li managed to keep the Harvard bats at bay through the first three innings, maintaining the 4-0 lead over the first nine outs of the game.

Lange took it upon herself to kick start the offense, and poked her second long ball of the day in the top of the fourth, cutting the Penn lead to three. The Quakers answered with a Coloma two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth and an RBI groundout from Olson capped the scoring in the game.

Emily Gusse and Zoe Galindo had a pair of hits each in Game 2 while Lange and Olson were responsible for the RBI. Jamie Halula pitched well in relief of starter Gabrielle Ruiz, going 5.2 innings and allowing three runs.

The Crimson continues Ivy play tomorrow when it takes on Columbia in a doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m.