Softball Hangs Tough, but Swept by Princeton in Ivy Opener

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - In the Ivy League opener, Penn (11-16, 0-2) was swept by defending Ivy League champions Princeton (16-8, 2-0) on Saturday at Warren Field. The Quakers lost game one 4-0 and game two 5-2. The Penn starting pitchers held the Tigers at bay, but allowed two big innings late in both games that proved to be the equalizer.

Game one was a pitchers duel between Emily Denstedt (7-8) of Penn and Erin Snyder of Princeton. Despite giving up 12 hits, Denstedt held the Tigers scoreless through five innings, but in the sixth the reigning Ivy League champs struck. Samatha O’Hara led off with a double. Two batters later Jackie Araneo homered to left. With two outs Kathryn Welch gave Princeton some breathing room with a single that scored two runs to put the Tigers up 4-0.

Snyder limited Penn to three hits while striking out 14 in the complete game effort. Sophomore Christina Khosravi had two of those hits, including a double in the seventh.

In game two, Princeton scored two runs on two Quaker errors in the first. Lead-off batter Cristina Cobb-Adams reached on an error. After advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt Cobb-Adams scored on another Penn error. Welch, who reached safely on the error, came around to score on an Amanda Erickson single to put the Tigersup 2-0.

The Red and Blue managed to tie the game using the long ball. Penn got on the board in the fifth on a lead-off home run by Julia Cheney. In the sixth, Stephanie Reichert tied the game with a lead-off homer to center. The Quakers threatened to take the lead when Kaelin Ainley followed with a single and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Annie Kinsey. Khosravi walked to put runners on first and second. Princeton countered by bringing in game one starter Snyder in relief. She struck the next two batters to retire the side.

In the top of the seventh, Cobb-Adams started the inning with a double to left-center off starter Olivia Mauro (3-2). She was sacrificed to third and scored on a Welch single for the go-ahead run. Up stepped Snyder, who did it with the bat this time. She hit a two-run homer to left to deliever the final blow.

Snyder (8-3) picked up the win, pitching the final one and two-third innings. Mauro took the loss. She went six and one-third and was charged with three earned runs.

Cheney led the offensive attack going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

Penn will be back in action on Tuesday, April 4 when they travel to city-rival Temple. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.