Softball Drops Twin Bill to Brown, 5-4 and 4-2

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Providence, R.I. – The University of Pennsylvania softball team dropped a pair of very close Ivy League contests to Brown this afternoon, 5-4 and 4-2, this afternoon.

Penn (13-24, 3-9 Ivy League) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a single by freshman Christina Khosravi which plated Steph Reichert. In the bottom half of the inning, Brown (12-14-1, 4-6 Ivy League) went on top 2-1 on a home run by Jaimie Wirkowski and then increased the lead to 3-1 on a solo shot by Amy Baxter. In the second inning, Reichert cut the margin to a run with a slow roller up the middle with two on and two out to score Meghan Cowen from second. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Brown generated another run by putting runners on second and third with one out. With the Penn infield drawn in, the Quakers conceded the run to get an out on Marissa Berkes’ grounder to second base to set the score at 4-2. Rookie Annie Kinsey made the score 4-3 with a single up the middle which score pinch runner Kim Le in the top of the fifth inning. The Bears got the run back in the bottom half of the inning as Courtney Jenkins crushed a home run over the leftfield fence. The Quakers continued to inch back as Casey Hare pulled the Quakers within 5-4 on a sacrifice fly to rightfield which scored Jen Nichols from third. The Red and Blue threatened again in the top of the seventh inning with runner on second with two outs. Nichols drove the ball up the middle, but Kinsey was thrown out by the centerfielder trying to advance to home.

Freshman Ann Ferracane (6-7) went the distance for the Quakers allowing five runs on eight hits, while striking out five batters. Uchenna Omokaro pitched the complete game for the Bears allowing four runs on nine hits with five strikeouts.

In game two, Penn got onto the board first in the bottom of the second inning during an unusual play in the infield. With Khosravi on third base and Brandi King standing on first, King attempted to steal second base and got caught in a row down. But a throwing error by Berkes allowed Khorsavi to take home and King move safely into second base. Brown tied the score in the bottom half of the inning as Baxter crossed the plate. The Red and Blue threatened in the top third loading the bases with one out, but Berkes was able to pitch out of the jam. The Quakers pulled ahead 2-1 on a blooper to right field that scored King. The Bears rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning as LaQuisha Pierre-Louis laced a two-run single down the rightfield line. Rachel Fleitell scored two batters later on a fielder’s choice to increase the lead, 4-2.

Lindsey Permar (3-11) pitched six innings for the Quakers giving up four runs on nine hits, while Berkes went the distance for the Bears scattering eights hits while giving up two runs, one earned, with three strikeouts.

Kaelin Ainley went a combined 5-for-6 on the afternoon with a run batted in. Khosravi finished the day 3-for-6 with