Kinsey, Khosravi Finish Careers with a Bang for Softball

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn softball team sent seniors Christina Khosravi and Annie Kinsey out with a bang on Sunday as they defeated the Columbia Lions 12-0 and 11-4 in a doubleheader. Each homered - Kinsey twice - as the duo became the first Penn players to accumulate at least 100 RBIs in a career. Khosravi's home run was the 20th of her career, joining Kinsey as the only Quakers ever to crush 20 home runs in a career.

Fittingly, the second game ended on a grounder to Khosravi at shortstop which she shoveled to Kinsey covering second for the final out.

Freshman Jessie Lupardus won the first game, improving her record to 19-8. It is the best mark ever put up by a Quaker pitcher. Junior Emily Denstedt improved to 4-9 with a victory in Game Two.

Penn won the first game almost before it started with a ten-run outburst in the bottom of the first inning. By the end of the frame, eight of the nine Quakers starters had tallied a run. Six had RBIs. And all but one - Bridget McDugall, who walked in her only at bat in the frame - had a hit. McDugall would join the parade with a single in the second.

Most remarkably, all the runs scored with two outs. Annie Kinsey led the game off with a sharp single to left. Sophomore Keiko Uraguchi followed with a grounder right back to the pitcher, who wheeled and threw to get Kinsey at second, but the throw went into center field and both runners were safe. After freshman Alisha Prystowsky singled to load the bases, Christina Khosravi hit intoa double play that erased Kinsey at the plate. The day would only get better for both seniors, but suddenly there were runners on second and third with two outs.

Freshman Taylor Tieman made sure that the Quakers got on the board when she lined a single up the middle, plating both Uraguchi and Prystowsky. Freshman Kelsey Wolfe followed with a double ripped to the gap in left-center field which allowed Tieman to come around and score.

After McDugall walked, sophomore Susan Miller worked the count full before pulling a line drive down the right field line for a double, scoring Wolfe and McDugall. Junior Anna Puglisi kept things going with a single to center, bringing Miller to third. Kinsey's second at bat of the inning resulted in another single, plating Miller. Uraguchi also reached for a second time in the inning when she singled to left, loading the bases.

Alisha Prystowsky stepped back up to the plate, and before long, the bases were no longer full. The catcher slashed a screaming line drive down the right field line, just inside the line. Prystowsky raced all the way around to third as all three runners scored. Khosravi followed with a single to left that brought home Prystowsky and made the score 10-0 Quakers before Columbia could get a second shot.

In the third inning, Kinsey once again led off with a single, this time to right-center field. Uraguchi moved her up a station with her groundout to short, and Khosravi's single to left pushed Kinsey to third. Tieman followed with another single, making it 11-0.

After the Quakers had two outs in the fourth inning, Kinsey stepped back up to the plate. The senior second baseman was - at the time - the only Penn player ever to smash 20 home runs in her career, and she was not done. Kinsey sent the Columbia offering soaring as a majestic fly ball cleared the left-center field fence with plenty of room to spare, pushing the Quaker lead to 12-0.

Kinsey went 4-for-4 in the opening game with three singles and a home run. Khosravi went 2-for-3, driving in a run with her single in the first and knocking another base hit in the third.

The final start of the season for freshman phenom Jessie Lupardus saw her get her largest run support of the year. Yet as usual, she hardly needed it, as she scattered three hits and walked none while striking out three over five innings to earn the complete game victory.

The second game saw the Quakers pour on the offense yet again. In the first inning, Kinsey got things started right away when she blasted a deep drive that cleared the fence in center field for her eighth home run of the season and the 24th of her illustrious career.

After the senior received a long standing ovation, Uraguchi drew a walk, and Prystowsky doubled to left center, putting two on for Khosravi. Not to be outdone, the senior shortstop touched off a shot to center herself, with the ball landing in nearly the same place as Kinsey's home run. The ninth home run of the season for Khosravi made the score 4-0 for the Quakers. It also gave her 20 in her career, joining Kinsey as the only Quakers ever to reach that milestone.

In addition to being her 20th home run, the blast provided Khosravi's 98th, 99th, and 100th career RBIs. A large crowd at Warren Field gave the two seniors yet another standing ovation when it was announced between innings that both Khosravi and Kinsey had become the first Quakers to drive in 100 runs in their careers.

Columbia got on the board with two runs in the fourth off starter Taylor Tieman, but Penn answered quickly.

Freshman Diana Ark got things started when she lined a one-out single to right. After Kinsey was intentionally walked, Uraguchi lined a double down the right-field line, scoring Ark and moving Kinsey up to third.

Columbia's pitching then got even more erratic, as Prystowsky and Khosravi were hit with pitches. Khosravi was hit with the bases loaded, allowing Kinsey to score. Taylor Tieman then reached on a fielder's choice where the shortstop threw the ball away trying to get Khosravi at second. Uraguchi and Prystowsky were able to come around and score, making the score 8-2 Quakers.

The Lions added two more in the fifth off reliever Emily Denstedt before Lupardus took over and struck out the final two batters of the inning. Penn then crossed the plate three times in the fifth to finish the scoring.

Bridget McDugall led off with a single to left, and Diana Ark reached on a bunt. McDugall went to third on a throwing error by the third basemen, but she was picked off on a delayed double steal attempt.

Junior Anna Puglisi walked, bringing Kinsey to the plate with runners on first and second. In her eighth plate appearance of the day, the Lions finally managed to retire the senior, but Kinsey's fly ball to right was deep enough to allow both runners to advance. Keiko Uraguchi promptly picked them up with a low liner down the left field line that went for a double.

After Prystowsky was again hit with a pitch, Christina Khosravi drove in the final run of the day for Penn when she scorched a double to left that brought home Uraguchi. Lupardus did not allow a run from the Lions, and the Quakers were 11-4 victors.