Softball Falls to Cornell in Ivy League Doubleheader

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Ithaca, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania softball team fell to a very tough Cornell squad this afternoon as the Big Red defeated Penn, 3-2, in game one and 11-1 in game two.

In game one, Cornell (16-11, 2-0 Ivy League) struck first putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning. The Quakers (10-15, 0-4 Ivy League) tied the score in the top of the fifth inning with a two-run rally. Sophomore Teresa Leyden laid down a sacrifice squeeze bunt that scored sophomore Kaelin Ainley from third base. Rookie Annie Kinsey followed with an RBI double to drive in Leyden. However, Cornell regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth on bunt single by Erin Kizer that scored Lauren May. The Quakers were unable to counter going down in order in the top of the seventh. Freshman Ann Ferracane (5-6) threw a six innings allowing three runs on seven hits. She struck out six batters while only walking one.

The nightcap was a different story, however, as the Quakers fell, 11-1, in six innings. Penn’s first inning looked promising as Steph Reichert led off with a walk. Leyden followed with a single to right field. Kinsey then loaded the bases with a single of her own. The Quakers then grounded into two fielders’ choices resulting in outs at the plate. Yet, Leyden gave the Red and Blue a 1-0 lead touching home on an error by Cornell catcher Lauren Battiglia. Penn would not hold the lead for long as the Big Red’s May hit a two-run homer to left center to pull ahead, 2-0. One batter later, Erin Murtha homered to left center to put Cornell on top, 3-0. The Big Red’s offensive continued to stay hot behind May who hit three homeruns and drove in seven runs in game two. The Big Red’s May finished the day a combined 6-for-7, including three home runs, seven RBI and six runs scored. Lindsey Permar (3-6) took the loss giving up five runs on six hits during two innings of work, while Jenn Meunier threw a complete game allowing just three hits.

Leyden finished the day a combined 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a run batted in.

Penn returns to action tomorrow as it travels to Columbia for an Ancient Eight match-up beginning at 1 p.m.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant