Softball Ends Season with a Split

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After an hour delay at the start and three rain delays during the doubleheader Penn (18-26, 5-9) splits with Harvard (17-20, 6-6) at Soldiers Filed on Sunday to conclude the season. The Crimson won game one 7-6 and Penn took the nightcap 8-0. Game two starter Emily Denstedt (12-11) pitched her ninth complete game and fourth shutout of her rookie season.

Harvard scored four in the first in game one. With two on and one out, Rachel Murray doubled to center to score two. A batter later, Hayley Bock homered of starter Lindsey Permar (1-6) to give the Crimson a 4-0 lead.

Penn scored in the third on a sacrifice fly by Stephanie Reichert that scored Kaelin Ainley. In the bottom half, Murray belted a two-run homer. After Bailey Vertovez singled and advanced to second on an error, Pilar Adams doubled down the line in right to score Vertovez and give Harvard a 7-1 lead.

In the fourth, Penn scored twice to cut the deficit. Julia Cheney singled and Brandi King walked to start things off. With one out, Casey Hare hit a ground ball that second basemen Julia Kidder mishandled allowing Cheney came around from second and score, while King moved to third. With two outs, Annie Kinsey singled down the right field line to plate King to make it 7-3.

Olivia Mauro came in relief of Permar in the third and held the Crimson scoreless for the rest of the game. Her three-plus shutout innings proved to be important because the Quakers mounted a comeback in the seventh. Teresa Leyden doubled in Kinsey, who led-off with a single. After Reichert walked, Shelly Madick was called out of the bullpen for starter Amanda Watkins (5-8). Christina Khosravi popped out, allowing both runners to tag up. Cheney grounded out to second to knock in one run. King then tripled to left to score Reichert and bring Penn within one, 7-6. With the tying run 60 feet away, Madick got Melissa Haffner to go down swinging to end the game.

Kinsey and Leyden combined for six hits at the top of the order. Along with King’s two hits, the three combined for 8 of Penn’s 10 hits.

In game two, scored runs in all but two innings, while grinding out 14 hits and knocked out Harvard starter, Madick (7-6) after one-third of an inning.

Kinsey led of with a homer to take the team lead with five and tie for the single-season school record. Leyden followed with a walk and two batters later Khosravi doubled to put Penn up 2-0. Penn added another as Kinsey doubled in the second to score Ilyssa Coghlan.

Penn was held scoreless until the fifth, when Khosravi hit a two-run homer to join Kinsey for the team-lead and season record with five.

The Quakers added a single run in the sixth and two in the seventh. In their last at-bat, Haffner singled with the bases loaded to score two and give Penn an 8-0 lead.

Kinsey and Khosravi combined to go 6-for-8 with 6 RBI and three runs. Cheney, Haffner and Kim May each had two hits.

Not to be forgotten in the offensive explosion in game two was the performance of Denstedt in the circle. The freshman scattered eight hits over seven innings while striking out two. She also picked up her 12th win, which puts her in second place in the school’s single season win total.

Penn lead the league in a number of offensive categories and set many single-season school records as well. The Quakers will return 20 underclassmen next season, including 12 juniors.