Softball Fights Back Twice, Cannot Down Cornell

PHILADELPHIA - Twice on Sunday, the Penn softball team mounted comebacks that had eluded them on Saturday against Cornell. And twice on Sunday, those comebacks fell just short. The Quakers (18-16, 5-7) fell 3-1 to Cornell in eight innings in the first game before dropping an 8-5 game in the back end of the doubleheader.

Senior tri-captain Annie Kinsey, who came into the day's games tied with teammate and fellow senior tri-captainChristina Khosravi for the most home runs in Penn softball history, roped two round-trippers in the second game of the doubleheader to become the first Quaker in history to record 20 career home runs.

Freshman Jessie Lupardus, who did not give up a hit until Samantha Hare's leadoff home run in the fourth inning of Game One, took the loss despite going the distance and striking out seven. She dropped to 14-7. In the second game, junior tri-captain Emily Denstedt was tagged for six runs in the first inning, dropping her record to 2-7.

Lupardus rebounded nicely from an early exit on Saturday, allowing just the one run over her first seven innings of work. After Cornell took a 1-0 lead with Hare's home run in the fourth, the Quakers were able to tie the score in the fifth.

Freshman Bridget McDugall led off the inning by working a walk, and moved up to second on a wild pitch. After Kinsey moved her up on a fielder's choice, sophomore Keiko Uraguchi hit a slow roller to shortstop. McDugall broke for home and Cornell's shortstop, Alyson Intihar, tried to make a play at the plate but could not get the ball out of her glove. Uraguchi's RBI pulled Penn into a tie, where the score would stay until the eighth inning.

Hare hit her second home run of the game, a two-run shot with two outs in the eighth, to provide the final margin of victory for the Big Red.

Cornell jumped out to an early 7-1 lead in Game Two, the only bright spot being Kinsey's lead off opposite field blast in the first inning, her third home run of the season.

In the third, though, the Quakers got themselves back in the game.

Junior Anna Puglisi led off by drawing a walk, bringing Kinsey to the plate. After the senior shortstop fouled a ball sharply off her foot, she dug back in and ripped the next pitch down the left field line for her second homer of the day. The score was 7-3 after Kinsey's blast and the Quakers still had no one out.

After Uraguchi flew out to center, freshman Alisha Prystowsky lined a double to left-center. Cornell starter Ali Tomlinson then uncorked two consecutive wild pitches, allowing Prystowsky to move up to third and then scamper home as Christina Khosravi walked.

In came Elizabeth Dalrymple for Cornell, who promptly gave up a single to freshman pitcher Taylor Tieman. With runners on first and second, sophomore Susan Miller then ripped a hard single through the middle, bringing Khosravi home and making the score 7-5.

That would be as close as the Quakers would get, though, as Dalrymple got the next two hitters and allowed just one more hit on the day, thanks in part to some sparkling defense by the Big Red. Cornell added an insurance run in the fourth and went on to claim a sweep of the weekend with an 8-5 victory.

Penn is back in action on Tuesday when they travel to face crosstown rival Villanova. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 2:30 at Villanova, the Quakers' last non-conference road games of the season.