Softball Shutout by Princeton in Doubleheader Sweep

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Princeton, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania softball team opened Ivy League competition by falling to Princeton, 4-0 and 3-0, this afternoon. Princeton improves to 19-7 and 2-0 in theIvy League whilePenn falls to 9-13 and0-2 in the League.

In game one, Princeton allowed just two Penn hits as they defeated the Quakers, 4-0. The Tigers’ Erin Snyder took a no-hitter into the fourth inning but rookie Christina Khosravi broke it up with a double to left centerfield. Snyder helped herself out in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run. Princeton took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth as Linsday Motal drove in a run with a double to left center. Motal then came around to score on a Penn error to give the Tigers a 3-0 advantage. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Calli Jo Varner led off with a home run to put Princeton on top, 4-0. Penn’s second hit came in the top of the seventh inning as Jen Nichols double to left field. For Snyder, who posted a 0.56 entering the game, it was her fifth shutout of the season. Sophomore Lindsey Permar (2-5) took the loss giving up four runs, two earned, on seven hits and sat down four batters.

Game two was another pitching duel as both teams went scoreless into the sixth inning. Princeton struck first, however, in the bottom of the sixth inning, Melissa Finley hit a three-run homer to centerfield to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. The Quakers best scoring chance came in the top half of the inning, as Teresa Leyden doubled to leftfield. Freshman Annie Kinsey singled up the middle to move pinch runner Kim Le to third but the Red and Blue were unable to break the stalemate. The Quakers had fourhits during the game including junior Meghan Cowen’s went 2-for-3 performance. Rookie Ann Ferracane (5-5) took the loss pitching six innings, giving up three runs on five hits. She struck out two and did not walk a better.

The Quakers are back in action on April 7 as they host Temple at 4 p.m. on Warren Field.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant