Softball Outslugged by Cornell

Cornell 5, Penn 4 (game 1)

Cornell 13, Penn 5 (game 2)

PHILADELPHIA - In two slugfests where the teams combined for 45 hits and eight home runs Saturday, Penn came up short, 5-4 in game one and 13-5 in the nightcap. The Quakers fell to 12-17 overall and 6-4 in the League, as Cornell improved to 23-10 on the season and separated itself further in first place with a 9-1 Ivy mark.

To lead off the first inning, freshman Stephanie Caso singled and moved to second on senior Keiko Uraguchi's sacrifice bunt. Junior Alisha Prystowsky doubled on a liner to right-centerfield, scoring Caso. Freshman Brooke Coloma capped the inning with her third home run of the season to give Penn a 3-0 head start.

A web gem by freshman Sam Erosa preserved Penn's lead into the fifth inning, in which she laid out in right field to steal a potential three run hit with bases loaded and two outs. However, from there Cornell's bats got hot, scoring five unanswered runs.

Kristen Towne led off the top of the fifth with a home run, followed by Elise Menaker's two-run shot in the sixth which tied the contest, 3-3.

In the seventh, back-to-back hits set up Erica Gaeta's RBI bloop single to right field, putting the Big Red up 5-3.

With two outs in the bottom of the frame, Prystowsky nearly sparked a rally with her solo homer, but Elizabeth Dalrymple forced Coloma to pop up, earning Coach Dick Blood his 500th career victory.

Sophomore Chelsea Ott (3-6) took the loss, pitching six full innings. She allowed nine hits, five runs, three walks, while striking out two. Junior Taylor Tieman came out of the bullpen in the seventh, getting the final three outs, allowing one hit. Dalrymple earned the win, throwing the complete game, allowing nine hits, four runs, and striking out nine.

Prystowsky went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while junior Kelsey Wolfe was Penn's other with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-2.

In the nightcap, the Quakers got off to a rocky start as leadoff Alyson Intihar knocked a solo homer, and Ashley Garvey's RBI double put the Big Red ahead 2-0.

Freshman Stephanie Caso played copy cat, hitting a lead off home run of her own; her first of the season.

However, Cornell pulled away from there with three straight singles capped by Menaker's second home run of the afternoon, this time a grand slam, expanding the lead to 6-1 in the second.

In the bottom of the inning, sophomore Justine Payne belted her second career and eighth long ball of the afternoon, plating herself and Wolfe.

Cornell scored four more in the third to go up 10-3, but Penn never let up, answering with two in the fifth. However, that's all the Quakers could manage while the Big Red added three more in the seventh.

Tieman took the loss, hurling two innings, allowing ten hits, eight runs, and striking out one. Cailyn Hennessy threw the final five innings, giving up six hits, five runs, three earned. Ali Tomlinson earned the win for Cornell.

Caso led Penn at the plate, going 3-for-4 in the game with a run scored and two RBI, while Payne also had a strong outing, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI.

Penn and Cornell are back on Warren Field tomorrow for another twin bill. The first game starts at 12:30 p.m.