Softball Drops Two to Harvard, 6-3 and 9-6.

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA – The Penn softball team had a tough day in Cambridge, Mass. today, dropping two games to Ivy rival Harvard. The Quakers lost the first game, 6-3, and lost the second, 9-6, after taking the lead early in the game.

In their first game against the Crimson, Penn got into action early, as they scored two runs in the first inning. Junior Annie Kinsey was walked to get on bases, starting the inning off right for Penn. Senior Teresa Leyden was up next, and advanced Kinsey with a sacrifice bunt. Senior Stephanie Reichert was up next, and hit a double to right center to bring home the runner, and give Penn a 1-0 lead. Junior shortstop Christina Khosravi was up next, and hit another double to right center, to bring home Reichert. Two quick outs ended the inning, and Penn had a 2-0 lead. The Quakers maintained that lead until the bottom of the second, when Harvard’s bats started making contact.

Three singles, two walks, and a timely double given up by Penn’s pitched staff turned into five runs, and Harvard took a 5-2 lead. The Crimson added one more run to their total in the bottom of the third, as they cashed in on two key singles, one of which scored the run.

In the top of the fourth, Penn managed to get one more run on the board. Senior Julia Cheney started the inning with a double to right field. Harvard’s pitcher then walked senior Melissa Haffner, and freshman Keiko Uraguchi reached first by beating out the throw. Junior Annie Kinsey was up next with the bases load, and brought in the run when she was hit by a pitch. Tough defense and strong pitching from both teams stopped the scoring there, and Harvard walked away with the 6-3 win. Khosravi went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the loss, while Reichert went 1-for-4, with a run scored and an RBI.

In the second game of the day, the Quakers were able to get more runs scored, but it wasn’t enough to get the win, as the Crimson outscored them, 9-6.

This time, it was Harvard who took the early lead. Two runs scored in the bottom of the first inning, and a third run scored on an error in the bottom of the second, giving Harvard a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the third inning, it was Penn’s turn to score, and score they did. Kinsey got the inning started with a single through the left side, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Uraguchi was up next, and advanced the runner with a sacrifice bunt. Reichert was up next, and doubled down the left field line to bring Kinsey home. Reichert advanced to third on another wild pitch, and Khosravi was up next, hitting a triple to right field, to score the run, and cut Harvard’s lead to 3-2. Cheney was up next, and hit a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing in the tying run. In the top of the fourth, the Quakers made their at-bats count again. Senior Melissa Haffner was up first, and hit a home run down the left field line, to give Penn the 4-3 lead. Senior Kaelin Ainley got on base due to an error by the Crimson’s shortstop, and scored on the next play, as Annie Kinsey hit a home run, giving the Quakers a 6-3 lead.

Harvard answered Penn’s home run with one of their own in the bottom of the inning. A triple brought in the second run, and the Crimson cut the lead to 6-5. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Harvard scored the tying run on a runner who had struck out, but reached first on a passed ball. The runner scored on a fielding error, which put the winning run on base as well. A single was all that Harvard needed to take the 7-6 lead. But they didn’t stop there, scoring two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Kinsey finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Haffner went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Reichert was also 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Khosravi went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Sophomore pitcher Emily Denstedt pitched the complete game, her seventh of the season. With the win, Harvard improved to 2-0 in the league, and 11-7 overall. Penn fell to 12-10 overall and 4-2 in the league.

The Quakers are back in action tomorrow, as they travel to Hanover, N.H. to take on Dartmouth at noon.