Khosravi, Softball Power Past Brown for a Sweep

PHILADELPHIA - Christina Khosravi set the tone early as her three-run home run in the first inning helped propel Penn to a 4-0 victory over Brown in the first game of an Ivy League doubleheader at Warren Field on Sunday. In the second game, she went 4-for-4 with two doubles anda home run as the Quakers took an 11-3 victory. In all, Khosravi had six hits and eight RBIs in the two games.

In all, the Quakers put together 16 hits in the second game as eight of the nine starters had at least one hit.

Freshman Jessie Lupardus pitched a complete game shutout for the victory in the first game, and came on in relief to toss the final 4.1 innings of Game Two to improve her record to 12-2.

A day after falling behind twice to Yale in the Ivy League openers, the Quakers were determined to get off to a strong start in the games on Sunday. They were able to accomplish that in the first inning of the first game. Sophomore Keiko Uraguchi hit a one-out single to left, and freshman Alisha Prystowsky reached when Brown pitcher Michelle Moses threw away a would-be sacrifice bunt.

That brought up Khosravi, who opened her monster day by going with a Moses pitch and ripped a home run over the gap in right-center field. Her team-leading fourth home run of the year gave the Quakers a 3-0 lead and would prove to be more than enough for Lupardus, who struck out nine and gave up just three hits on the day.

Nevertheless, the Quakers added another tally in the second. Freshman Hilary Sheridan led off with a walk and moved to second when freshman Diana Ark reached on an another Brown error. Junior Anna Puglisi then moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt, and senior tri-captain Annie Kinsey plated Sheridan with an RBI sacrifice fly to left.

Penn managed just six hits off Moses, but those two Bears errors proved costly as Lupardus locked down the Brown hitters and made the 4-0 lead stand up.

Although Penn knocked two hits in each of the first two innings of Game Two, the Quakers could not get off to quite the quick start that they had in the first contest.

Brown ended up striking first, as an error by Kinsey covering first base led to two unearned runs for Brown in the third. With runners on first and second and two outs in the inning, head coach Leslie King turned back to Lupardus. The two-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Week had shut down Brown in the first game, and told her coach that she would be available for a second game if needed.

"We have a lot of good starting pitching, but if I have a chance to turn to Jessie, with the way she has been pitching, I am going to take it," King said.

Lupardus got out of the third and ended up allowing just one hit the rest of the way, a two-out Amy Baxter solo home run in the fifth.

After falling behind 2-0, Penn responded right away. Prystowsky led off the bottom of the third with a single to right, and Khosravi brought her home when she ripped a double to left.

In the fourth, the Quakers broke the game wide open, sending ten batters to the plate. Freshman Bridget McDugall got it started with a walk and moved up to second on a passed ball. Puglisi got her over to third with a ground out. Kinsey then hit a hard grounder to third which froze McDugall, but Brown's first baseman Emily Chaddock could not handle the throw and both runners were safe.

At that point, King had her team step up the aggressive play on the basepaths. Kinsey took off for second, and when the throw went through, McDugall broke for home. Both runners advanced safely on the double steal, and the score was tied.

After Uraguchi moved Kinsey to third with a ground out, Prystowsky sent a grounder towards short. It looked like a simple play, but the Quakers' catcher hustled down the line and beat the throw for an infield single. Kinsey scored on the play.

Up stepped Khosravi, who already had a single and the RBI double on the day. She kept her perfect game going when she turned on a pitch from Kristi Chin, sending a home run deep to left field and suddenly handing Penn a 5-2 lead.

The Quakers were not done yet. Freshman Kelsey Wolfe singled to left, and freshman Taylor Tieman followed with a liner off the glove of the third baseman for a single. After Moses came back in to pitch for Brown, sophomore Susan Miller lofted a bloop single over the infield and into right, scoring Wolfe and sending Tieman around to third. McDugall, who had started the inning seemingly so long before, completed the scoring in the inningfor Penn when her sharp single up the middle scored Tieman.

Three more runs followed in the fifth, keyed by none other than Khosravi, who doubled home Kinsey and Uraguchi on a scorching line drive that tailed away from the center fielder and all the way to the wall in right-center. Khosravi then came around when Wolfe singled up the middle.

Penn sent everyone home early in the sixth, when they invoked the mercy rule by going up 11-3. Once again, McDugall opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on a ground out by Puglisi. After Kinsey advanced McDugall to third on another ground out, Uraguchi hit a slow roller to second and forced an errant throw by hustling down the line. McDugall crossed the plate and sent the Quaker fans home happy.

The Quakers are back in action on Wednesday when they take on crosstown rivals La Salle in a doubleheader at Warren Field. The games are set to start at 3 p.m.