Kissimmee, Fla. The University of Pennsylvania softball team rallied for seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to down Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, 12-5 this afternoon at the Rebel Spring Games. Freshman Annie Kinsey went 4-for-5 on the day, including two doubles, a triple and four runs batted in for the Quakers.
With Steph Reichert placed on second to start the eighth inning according to tiebreaking rules, sophomore Kaelin Ainley advanced the runner with a sacrifice bunt. Pinch hitter Jen Nichols put the Quakers on top, 6-5, with a single. Sophomore Teresa Leyden followed with a single through the left side. Kinsey then blasted a two-run triple down the leftfield line. The hit barrage continued as freshman Christina Khosravi doubled off the top of the centerfield fence followed by run-scoring singles by Brandi King and Melissa Haffner.
Trailing 5-3 heading into the seventh inning, Leyden began a last at-bat rally with a lead-off single. Kinsey pulled Penn within a run, 5-4, smacking a double to centerfield to score Leyden. Sophomore Melissa Haffner tied the score with a single down the left field line plating Kinsey.
The Mastodons got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning as Jenna Beachy doubled through the left side driving in Kari Butler. The Quakers (3-5) responded with a two-running second inning to take the lead. With two outs and runners on first and second, Ainley cleared the bases with a double off the left field fence. The Mastodons went ahead 4-2 in the bottom of the third inning scoring three runs on four hits, including a two-run homerun by Ty Lambert.
In the top of the fifth inning, Kinsey pulled the Red and Blue within one run, 4-3, with a two-out double to left center which scored Leyden, who doubled in the previous at-bat.
The Quakers threatened in the sixth inning loading the bases with two outs but were unable to push a runner across the plate. In the bottom half of the inning, IPFW added an insurance run to make the score, 5-3.
Freshman Ann Ferracane (3-1) earned the win allowing just three hits and striking out seven batters in two and two-thirds innings of work.
Leyden finished the day 4-for-5 with two runs scored, while Haffner went 2-for-5 with three runs batted in.
The Quakers are back in action this evening as they face Wagner at 7:40 p.m.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant