LOS ANGELES, Calif. After a day off, the University of Pennsylvania softball team (4-3) lost to Cal State Northridge 10-2 in six innings on Thursday in game one of a doubleheader. Sophomore Christina Khosravi knocked in both runs for the Quakers
Cal State Northridge struck in the top of the first. After surrendering walks to the Matadors two and four hitters, Penn starter Emily Denstedt gave up a three-run homer to Jan Moshier.
The Quakers got on the board in the home half of the third. Kaelin Ainley singled with one out, followed by a Stephanie Reichert walk. Two batters later, Annie Kinsey singled to right to load the bases. Khosravi blooped a single between short and second that scored Ainley and advanced the other runners one base. However, that would be the Red and Blue’s only run in the innings as they left three on base.
Penn added a run in the fifth on an RBI double by Khosravi that scored Kinsey. Khosravi moved to third on the throw to the plate. Pinch-hitter Melissa Haffner hit a line drive that was sphered by pitcher Selena Salazar that ended the Quakers threat.
Denstedt settled in after the three-run first. She blanked the Matadors over the next four innings, allowing just two hits. The freshman ran into trouble in the sixth. After two walks and a hit batsman, Desntedt gave way to Olivia Mauro. Jackie Duree singled in two runs for Cal State Northridge, and then Amanda Peek knocked in Jamie Pederson on a sacrifice fly. The Matadors extended their lead to 10-2 on a grand slam by Jan Moshier just inside the left field foul pole.
Penn will play again at 3 p.m. PST on Thursday against Loyola Marymount.