Softball Ends Season With Sweep of Columbia

Penn 8, Columbia 1
Penn 8, Columbia 6

PHILADELPHIA - Highlighted by a 8-6 come-from-behind win in the nightcap, the Penn softball team sweptColumbia in the finale of the 2009 season at Warren Field. Penn easily defeated Columbia 8-1 in game one of the doubleheader to send off Penn's two seniors Emily Denstedt and Anna Puglisi in style. The Quakers will finish the season ranked second in the Ivy South Division, two games ahead of Princeton (8-12 Ivy) in third, with a 10-10 Ancient Eight record and a 15-28-1 overall record.

Game One
The first game on the doubleheader slate saw three scoreless innings before the Quakers ended the pitchers dual with a onslaught on runs in the fourth and fifth inning. Two four-run innings from Penn were too much for Columbia to rally back from, as the Quakers took the 8-1 win.

In the fourth, the Red and Blue added six hits that allowed four runs to score. Bridget McDugall and Puglisi started the at bat off with back-to-back singles to left field. Diana Ark then shot when down the left field line that allowed McDugall to put the first run on the board. Sarah Patrick brought in two with her double that soared over the centerfielder. Jamies Boccanfuso's RBI single to left field rounded out the scoring surge for the Quakers.

In the sixth inning, the Quakers added four insurance runs. With two outs, the Red and Blue took advantage of a fielding error to keep the inning alive. Kelsey Wolfe then doubled to center field to drive the two baserunners. Pinch hitter, Susan Miller ended Penn's final two runs of the innings with a home run.

The Quakers finished the game with 10-5 advantage at the plate, while Penn ace, Jessie Lupardus pitched all seven innings, allowing just five hits.

Game Two
It was the Lions in the nightcap that has the first explosive inning of the game. Columbia got on the board in the second with a four-run inning. The Quakers countered that with just a single run in the second. After a double from Wolfe, Taylor Tieman drove her in witha single to right field.

The Lions increased their lead to 6-1 in the top of the third. Penn scored once in the bottom of the inning, to leave the score at 6-2 for one and a half innings. Keiko Uraguchi scored off a double from Alisha Prystowsky.

In the bottom of the fifth, however, Penn staged a late rally to overtake the Lions and move into the lead. The Quakers put together six singles and a triple to score six runs on seven hits and take the 8-6 lead. Patrick and Uraguchi started the inning of with a pair of singles. Boccanfuso drove in Patrick with a RBI single. Wolfe recorded her second hit of the game with a two RBI single to right field. With two outs, Tieman notched a RBI single. Bridget McDugall followed that with an RBI triple - her first triple of the season. In Puglisi's final at bat of her colligiate career,Puglisidrove in Penn's last run of the inning with a single to right field.

Tight defense from Penn and top pitching from Chelsea Ott who came in with the score 6-2, downed the last six batters for the Lions, and the Quakers took the second game, by a final score of 8-6.