Penn Softball Beats Fairleigh Dickinson, Loses to South Dakota State

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

ORLANDO – The Penn softball team split their last day of play at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. The Quakers started the day with a 3-2 loss to South Dakota State, but bounced back in the second game with a 10-2 win over Fairleigh Dickinson.

Against South Dakota State, the Quakers got off to an early start. A single by lead-off batter Annie Kinsey was quickly followed by a single from freshman Keiko Uraguchi. A ground-out by senior Stephanie Reichert advanced both runners, and junior Christina Khosravi came up to finish the job. She singled up the middle, bringing home Kinsey, and giving Penn a 1-0 lead. Two quick outs put an end to the inning, and the Quakers headed into the field. Pitcher Erin Boyle held the Jackrabbits scoreless for the first two innings, but costly defensive errors in the third were trouble for Penn.

An error, a stolen base and a wild pitch put South Dakota’s lead-off batter on third in scoring position. A single from their next batter tied the score up at 1-1. Another error gave South Dakota’s fourth batter a spot on second base, and give the Jackrabbits a 2-1 lead. Another error brought in the third runner, and Penn ended the inning down 3-1.

In the bottom of the seventh, Penn got a chance to get back in the game. Senior Susan McIlvaine singled past first to get the offense started. Sophomore Anna Puglisi grounded out to third base, and McIlvaine advanced on the throw. A sacrifice bunt by Kaelin Ainley got Penn’s lone runner in scoring position on third, and Kinsey’s single to left field brought in McIlvaine, and closed the lead to 3-2. But with two outs, Uraguchi popped to first base, and both the inning and the game were over.

Kinsey led the way for Penn offensively, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI. Khosravi went 1-for-3 with a RBI, while McIlvaine was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Senior pitcher Olivia Mauro pitched three scoreless innings to finish the game for the Quakers.

Against the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, in the bottom of the second inning, Penn’s offense came alive. Senior Julia Cheney was the first batter, and reached first on a walk. Senior Brandi King was up next, and sent Cheney to second on a sacrifice bunt. Senior Melissa Haffner flied out to center field, to get out number two, and it seemed like Cheney would be left on base. But an impressive two-out rally followed. Cheney stole third, and put herself in prime scoring position. McIlvaine was up next, and singled up the middle to bring Cheney home. Ainley singled to left field, putting runners on first and second, for lead-off batter Annie Kinsey. The junior did not disappoint; Kinsey doubled to left field, bringing in both runners, and giving Penn a 3-0 lead. Freshman Keiko Uraguchi reached first on an error, advancing Kinsey to third base for designated player Stephanie Reichert. Reichert hit a home run deep to right field, bringing in both batters, and giving Penn a 5-0 lead. But the Quakers didn’t stop there. Christina Khosravi was up next, and she hit a long triple to right field. All the way through the batting order, Cheney was up next, and she took advantage of the situation; her single brought in Khosravi, and the lead was up to 7-0. A pop-up ended the offensive onslaught for Penn, but the damage was done, and the Quakers took a 7-0 lead.

After three quick outs in the top of the third, Penn was at it again in the bottom of the inning. Susan McIlvaine reached on a single to left field, and advanced to second on a passed ball. Ainley’s ground out advanced her to third, and a wild pitch brought her home, giving Penn an 8-0 lead.

The Knights scored their only runs in the top of the fourth, when a home run brought in one batter, and brought the lead to 8-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, Khosravi started the inning off with her first home run of the season, widening the gap to 9-2. Puglisi was walked and advanced to scoring position with help from Melissa Haffner and a single by McIlvaine. Senior Kaelin Ainley came up with two outs, runners on second and third, and the chance to end the game on a base hit. Her single to left field brought in Puglisi, and gave Penn a 10-2 lead, big enough to end the game on a mercy rule.

Sophomore Emily Denstedt pitched a complete game, with only four hits and two runs. Senior Susan McIlvaine led the Quakers offensively, as she went 4-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Khosravi went 2-for-4, including a home run, with two runs scored and one RBI. Ainley was 2-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI, while Cheney was 1-for-2 with a run scored and one RBI. Stephanie Reichert went 1-for-3 with one run scored and three RBI, while Annie Kinsey was 1-for-3 with one run and two RBI.

With the win, Penn finished 5-5 at the Rebel Games. They now return to Philadelphia, to host Delaware on March 14, at 2:30 p.m.

Download: SDSU Play-By-Play.pdf