Softball Extends Streak to Five Before Splitting Doubleheader

Robert Morris 4, Penn 1 Box score

Penn 7, Cleveland State 1 Box Score

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Penn softball team extended its winning streak to five games with a 7-1 victory over Cleveland State, but some costly defensive miscues prevented them from sweeping a third straight doubleheader as they fell to Robert Morris, 4-1. The Quakers now sit at 8-4 overall, 6-2 at the Rebel Spring Games.

Penn benefited from several key two out hits in the first game. It started early on, as senior tri-captain Annie Kinsey led off with a double deep over the center fielder's head. Christina Khosravi walked, and with two outs, Kelsey Wolfe ripped a single to left that brought home Kinsey to give the Quakers a lead. Khosravi advanced to third, and Wolfe moved up to second on the throw. Alisha Prystowsky brought them both home with a hard grounder down the left field line that went for a double.

In the fourth inning, the Quakers took advantage of some defensive lapses by Cleveland State to extend their lead. Junior Anna Puglisi led off by laying down a perfect bunt down the third base line. The throw, which would not have beaten her, pulled the first baseman off the bag and went down the right-field line, allowing Puglisi to move up to second. With two outs, sophomore Keiko Uraguchi hit what looked to be an inning-ending grounder to third, but the third baseman again threw it away, allowing Puglisi to come around to score. Christina Khosravi then lined a double to left, bringing Uraguchi around and extending the lead to 5-0.

Cleveland State got one back in the sixth, but Penn answered right back in the bottom of the inning. Kinsey was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and Uraguchi moved her up to second with a single right back through the middle. After Khosravi and Taylor Tieman were retired, Penn again came up with a big two-out hit when Kelsey Wolfe singled to left, loading the bases. Alisha Prystowsky then brought two runs home when she slashed a single to right-center.

Jessie Lupardus earned her sixth win of the season, going the distance and allowing just three hits and one run. She improved to 6-1.

The second game looked like a replay of Penn's first game with Robert Morris, as the Quakers held a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Another two-out hit provided Penn's run, as Uraguchi singled to lead off the top of the fourth and moved up to second when Khosravi bunted her over. With two outs, Wolfe singled to left and Uraguchi scampered home to put Penn up, 1-0.

In the sixth, though, costly miscues by the Quaker defense allowed Robert Morris to get four runs. With two outs and a runner on second, Wolfe was unable to handle a throw from Khosravi, and the ball got away, allowing the runner to score. Khosravi then mishandled a grounder that would have ended the inning, andSusan Perichmade her pay by doubling in a run. With runners on second and third,Stacy Davidsondoubled both runners home.

All four runs were unearned for junior tri-captain Emily Denstedt, who was removed after Perich's double despite having allowed just five hits - one in the inning - up to that point. Denstedt took the loss, dropping her record on the year to 1-3.

The Quakers close out their stay in Florida on Friday, when they take on Monmouth at 1 p.m. and Wisconsin-Green Bay at 5 p.m. at the Osceola Softball Complex.