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New Haven, Conn. Freshman Annie Kinsey finished her red-hot rookie campaign in exciting style, blasting her first collegiate home run in her last at bat of the season to help the University of Pennsylvania softball team to a 5-4 victory over Yale this afternoon. The Quakers split the doubleheader falling 8-6 in the first game of the season finale.
With the Red and Blue up 3-2 entering the top of the seventh, Kinsey added two insurance runs for Penn with a two-run bomb to left field. The final two runs were key as the Elis (14-26, 3-9 Ivy League) rallied in the bottom of the seventh with two outs as Meredith Parks and Chelsea Kanyer touched the plate after a fielding error to make the score, 5-4. But Yale could not add any more runs as Lindsey Permar picked up the save by getting Jessica Meyer to ground out to end the game.
Penn opened the scoring in the first inning as Kinsey scored on double by Jen Nichols. Yale tied the score in the bottom of the third as Kristy Kwiatkowski scored on a Parks’ single. The Quakers answered in the top of the fourth by putting two runs on the board. Both Nichols and freshman Christina Khosravi scored after a costly error by the Bulldogs, to make the score, 3-1. Yale earned one run back in the bottom of the fifth as Kwiatkowski homered.
Ann Ferracane earned the win by allowing four runs, one earned, and striking out five batters in 6.2 innings of work. Permar picked up her first save of the year. Ferracane finishes her rookie campaign with a 7-7 mark and a team-best 2.71 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 95.2 innings of work. Permar wrapped up her sophomore campaign with a 3.93 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 20 appearances.
In game one, Penn rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning, but it was not enough as Yale edged the Quakers, 8-6. Trailing 8-3 with two outs in the final frame, Kinsey singled to left to score Kim May. Khosravi followed with a single to left to score Kinsey and Steph Reichert but the Quakers could not muster any additional runs.
Penn started the scoring in the top of the first inning as Reichert touched home on a single by Khosravi. Yale tied it up in the bottom of the second inning on a Kate Meserve single and went on to tally seven unanswered runs over the next three innings to pull ahead, 8-1. The Red and Blue posted a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to inch within, 8-3. Khosravi drove in her fourth RBI of the game with a double down the left field line and two batters later, Nichols plated Kinsey on a sacrifice fly.
Olivia Mauro took the loss allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits in 2.1 innings of work. Senior Kara Eyre pitched 3.2 innings allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out three batters. Mauro finished the season with a 3-3 record and a 3.63 ERA in 19 appearances, while Eyre struck out 15 batters in 16.2 innings of work this season.
The Quakers had several outstanding offensive performances with Kinsey leading the way. She went a combined 5-for-8 with three RBI and four runs scored. Reichert went a combined 5-for-7, including a perfect 4-for-4 in game two, with three runs scored. Khosravi went a combined 4-for-7 with four runs batted in and a run scored, while Nichols went 3-for-6, including a pair of doubles in Penn’s victory, with two runs batted in.
Kinsey closes the season with a team-high .368 batting average, 43 hits, including seven doubles, and 16 RBI. She also only fanned twice in 117 at-bats. Reichert finished the season with a .337 average with a team-high 17 runs scored and eight doubles. Khosravi concluded the season with a .301 average with 14 runs score, while Nichols finished tied with Kinsey for the team-lead in runs batted in.
The Quakers exhibited considerable improvement throughout the course of the season, concluding the 2005 campaign with a 14-25 overall record and a 4-10 mark in the Ivy League, marking Penn’s highest win total since 2002.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant