Penn Uses Long Ball to Stay Undefeated

Greensboro Box Score

Methodist Box Score

ORANGE, Calif. – After winning in convincing fashion on Sunday, the University of Pennsylvania softball team continued that trend on Monday with a 12-0 shut out of Greensboro College and a 6-5 eight inning win over Methodist College in the Sun West Tournament.

Penn was at it again in the first inning. After the first two batters reached base on singles, Greensboro starter Kristen Slade looked like she would get out of the inning unscathed. However, junior Julia Cheney had other plans. She knocked a three-run homer to left field to put the Quakers on the board.

The Red and Blue tacked on runs in the second and third innings to increase their lead to 5-0, but it was in the fourth inning when Penn would erupt. The Quakers sent 12 batters to the plate in all and scored seven runs on eight hits, including a three-run home run by Christina Khosravi and a two-run shot by Kim May four batters later. In between the home runs was an RBI single by freshman Anna Puglisi that also scored Brandi King as the throw got away from catcher Samantha Salter. The game ended after The Pride’s bat in the top of the fifth because the mercy rule was invoked.

Not to be overlooked by the plethora of offense was the performance of starting pitcher Emily Denstedt. The freshman picked up her second win in as many appearances and was credited with a complete game. Denstedt scattered four hits over five innings and struck out nine batters.

In game two against Methodist, the Quakers would need extra innings to stay perfect on the young season. Penn scored its first run in the second inning on a triple by Brandi King that plated Jen Nichols. The Red and Blue added to their lead in the third. Kaelin Ainley led off the inning with a homerun. Two batters later, Kinsey doubled to center. She then scored on an error by the Monarchs on a ground ball by Khosravi. Khosravi, who moved up to second on the error scored on a single by Cheney.

Methodist would get to starter Lindsey Permar for five runs in the third and fourth to take a 5-4 lead. Junior Olivia Mauro came in relief of Permar to weather the storm for three innings.

Penn tied the score in the sixth on a suicide squeeze by Reichert that scored pinch-runner Susan McIlvaine. The game remained tied through seven innings. Extra innings were played under international tiebreaker rules, which place the last out of the previous inning on second base to start the inning.

The Quakers started the extra frame with Michelle Haffner on second base and Ainley at bat, who sacrificed Haffner to third. Next up was Reichert. She slapped a single to right field for the go ahead run. In the bottom half, Denstedt, who was in her second inning of work, walked the lead off batter. LaTiana Headen moved the winning run to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Denstedt intentionally walked Kristen Kennedy to load the bases. Denstedt got Candace Hudgins to hit a shallow fly ball into center that Ainely caught and threw a strike to the plate to throw out Rebekah Kelly who tagged up for the game ending double play.

Penn improves to 4-0, its best start under head coach Leslie King. On Tuesday, the Quakers travel from Orange County to Los Angeles for the remainder of the trip. They a doubleheader at play Loyola Marymount starting at 1 p.m. (PST)