Kissimmee, Fla. Sophomore Brandi King went 3-for-4, including a triple, with four RBI and two runs scored to help power the University of Pennsylvania softball team to 9-4 victory over Robert Morris this afternoon at the Rebel Spring Games. Penn earned an 8-3 victory over Holy Cross earlier in the morning making it the first time in eight years that the Quakers have taken two in day at the Games.
Robert Morris loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning but managed to push just one runner across the plate to take an early lead. But the Quakers (3-4) took the 2-1 lead in the top of the second as freshman Christina Khosravi and sophomore Melissa Haffner scored on a Colonials’ error. Penn added another run in the top of the fourth inning on a single up the middle by junior Jen Nichols that scored King.
Robert Morris pulled within, 6-4, in the fifth inning stringing together four hits and scoring three runs. The Quakers, however, did not back down, adding some insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Sophomore Teresa Leyden led off with a double followed by a single by freshman Annie Kinsey. With two outs, King singled to drive in Leyden. Junior Meghan Cowen then doubled, driving Kinsey and King to make the score 9-4. Cowen finished the day 1-for-4 with four runs batted in.
Sophomore Olivia Mauro (1-1) picked up her first win of the season pitching 4 and two-thirds innings with three strikeouts. Freshman Ann Ferracane did not allow a hit in two innings of relief and struck out one batter.
King had a solid day, going a combined 4-for-5 with two triples, five RBI and two runs scored, while Khosravi went a combined 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Red and Blue wraps up play at the Rebel Spring Games tomorrow, March 11, as it faces Indiana-Purdue (Fort Worth) at 10:40 a.m. followed by Wagner at 6 p.m.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant