AMBLER, Pa. The Penn softball team dropped two tough games to Temple on Wednesday, falling 3-2 in the first game and 4-3 in the second. Both games were won by Temple on the Owls’ last at bat.
Senior Annie Kinsey and freshman Taylor Tieman homered in the second game, giving the Quakers (18-12) an early 3-0 lead which they could not hold.
Freshman Jessie Lupardus took the loss in the first game, dropping her record to 14-5. Tieman dropped to 1-2 in the second game.
The Quakers got on the board first. Freshman Alisha Prystowsky, leading off for the first time this season, reached on catcher’s interference and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Keiko Uraguchi. Prystowsky advanced to third on a wild throw by the Owls’ catcher, and after senior Annie Kinsey was hit by a pitch, senior Christina Khosravi plated Prystowsky with a sacrifice fly to center.
Temple answered in the bottom of the first when junior Courtney Norene lofted a towering home run over the left field fence. The home run tied the Temple career record for home runs and gave the Owls a 2-1 lead.
After the first, Lupardus and Temple’s Brianne Dairy settled down, keeping both teams off the board until the sixth. In fact, the Quakers could manage just one hit, a Kelsey Wolfe single, until the sixth.
It was then that freshman Taylor Tieman led off with a single. Junior Anna Puglisi was tapped to pinch run, and Wolfe ripped her second hit of the day, a double scorched to the wall in right-center. Puglisi came all the way around to score, but Wolfe was caught in a rundown between second and third and was tagged out.
Lupardus worked out of a serious jam in the bottom of the sixth, as Temple had runners on the corners with no one out but could not score.
She was not so lucky in the seventh. Natalie Wagner led off with a single and stole second. A bloop single by Anna Rico moved her up to third. With runners on the corners, Rico took off for second and Prystowsky’s throw was off line, allowing Wagner to come home with the game winning run.
In Game Two, the Quakers again got off to a quick start. Uraguchi lined a one-out single to center, and senior Annie Kinsey followed by ripping her second home run of the year t right-center field. Kinsey’s home run put her into a tie with Khosravi for the all-time Quaker lead in the category with 18.
Penn added to their lead in the fourth inning when Tieman touched off a bomb to left field leading off the frame, putting the Quakers up 3-0.
The Owls managed just one hit off Emily Denstedt over the first five innings, but when Krystie Metzler slammed a one-out home run in the sixth, the junior was pulled in favor of Tieman. She retired the next two batters, ending the threat.
Temple completed their second walk-off victory of the day in the seventh. A fielder’s choice and a single put two runners on with two outs as Becca Hahn came to the plate. Hahn then hit a line shot to left-center, clearing the fence just to the right of the scoreboard and sending the Owls home with the win.
The Quakers are back in action on Saturday when they return home to Warren Field to take on Ivy League rival Cornell in two doubleheaders over the weekend. Action is set to begin at 12:30 on both days.