PHILADELPHIA - The Penn softball team saw its losing streak extend to six games on Saturday as it fell twice to Ivy League South Division rival Cornell, 11-2 and 5-0. The Quakers (18-14, 5-5) managed just six hits overall on the day as onlya sacrifice fly from senior tri-captain Christina Khosravi that plated fellow senior tri-captain Annie Kinsey and allowed sophomore Keiko Uraguchi to score on an error kept the Quakers from being shut out.
Freshman Jessie Lupardus took the loss in Game One, dropping to 14-6. Junior tri-captain Emily Denstedt fell to 2-6 after losing in Game Two.
Kinsey, who went 3-for-6 over the two games including two hits in Game Two, was the only Quaker to register multiple hits on the day.
Cornell went up 2-0 in the first inning of Game One, which was delayed about 45 minutes by thunderstorms in the area. Atwo-out single by Jenna Campagnolo plated two runs in the first inning after a one-out comebacker left the Quakers thinking that they might be able to get out of the inning unscathed.
Three more Big Red runs crossed the plate in the second, although all three were unearned.
Down 5-0, the Quakers got back into it in the third inning. Freshman Bridget McDugall led the inning off with a walk, and Kinsey followed with a sharp single to center. Uraguchi then slapped a hard grounder to the shortstop, who wheeled and got McDugall at third. Still, there were two runners on for the heart of the Quakers' order.
Prystowsky was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Khosravi, the Quakers' leading hitter all season. With seven home runs already to her credit this season, Khosravi lifted a deep fly ball to the biggest part of the field, but the center fielder was able to track it down for the out. Nevertheless, Kinsey came home and Uraguchi headed for third.
The throw came into third, where Cornell third baseman Elise Menaker misplayed it, allowing it to skip off her glove and towards the fence. Uraguchi alertly took off for home and scored without a throw as Prystowsky advanced to second. Still, the Quakers could manage no more.
Cornell provided the final margin of victory in the fourth, putting the game away with a six-run, six-hit frame that was aided by two Quaker errors. Freshman Tory Satagaj, who had come on in relief of Lupardus in the third, was tagged for just two earned runs out of the six the Big Red plated.
After comitting three costly errors in Game One, the Penn defense tightened up in the second game, committing just one miscue. Unfortunately for the Quakers, the bats could not get going as they managed just four hits - two fromKinsey -off Cornell starter Ali Tomlinson.
Penn will be back in action tomorrow at Warren Field against the same Cornell Big Red. Game time of the first game is set for 12:30 p.m.