Philadelphia Sophomore Lindsey Permar tossed a complete game shutout as the University of Pennsylvania softball team blanked Temple, 6-0, this afternoon on Warren Field.
Sophomore Brandi King started the Quakers’ (10-13, 0-2 Ivy League) scoring drive in the bottom of the second inning with a lead-off double. Junior Jen Nichols followed by safely reaching on a bunt attempt, moving King to the third. A wild pitch by Jen Nacianceno allowed King to cross the plate for the Red and Blue’s first run of the day. One batter later, Nichols gave Penn the 2-0 lead by touching home on a double by Kaelin Ainley.
The Owls (10-19) threatened in the top of the third inning loading the bases with one out but the Penn defense stepped up and staved off the Temple attack. Laura Gutscher grounded to third baseperson Meghan Cowen who threw for the force out at home. Adrienne Repscher ended the inning by flying out to short leftfield.
The Quakers broke the game open in the fifth inning plating four runs on three hits and a Temple error. With one out, the Red and Blue loaded the bases. Cowen drew a walk to plate pinch runner Kim Le. King followed with a sacrifice fly to center which scored rookie Annie Kinsey. Nichols kept the inning alive reaching on an error by the Owls allowing Christina Khosravi to score. Kim May drove in Penn’s final run of the day with a single through the right side.
The Quakers banged out eight hits with six different Quakers reaching safely. Kinsey finished the day 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, while May had two RBI on the afternoon.
Permar (3-5) went the distance for the fifth time this season allowing just three hits and striking out seven batters, while only walking two Owls. For Temple, Nacianceno (1-5) took the loss allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits.
Penn, who equaled last year’s win total with today’s victory, returns to Ivy League action this weekend for twin bills at Cornell on April 9 at 1 p.m. and Columbia on April 10 at 1 p.m.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant