Softball Splits Doubleheader with Dartmouth

Penn 7, Dartmouth 8 (Game 1)

Penn 8, Dartmouth0 (Game 2)

PHILADELPHIA – In its first Ivy League test of the season, the Penn softball team split a doubleheader with Dartmouth. The Quakers dropped the first game 8-7, but rebounded to sweep the Big Green 8-0 in game two. The Red and Blue are now 5-15-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

The Big Green jumped out to an early lead in the first game, racking up four runs in the first three innings. With the score 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Quakers rallied around a few Dartmouth errors that kept the inning alive to overcome the five run deficit by adding seven of their own. Kelsey Wolfe was the first Quaker to round the bases with a catcher’s interference call that allowed Wolfe to walk home. With the bases allowed Prystowsky was hit by a pitch to add the second run. With the bases loaded, Jamie Boccanfuso poked one to left field for a RBI single. Taylor Tieman added her own RBI single with a hit up the middle. The Quakers would finish the inning by taking over the lead, 7-5.

Unfortunately, the Big Green bats were not yet silenced, as three Dartmouth hits led to three runs in the top of the sixth, allowing them to take their second lead of the game. The 8-7 score in favor of the Big Green stuck for the remaining inning and a half. Anna Puglisi and Sarah Patrick led the Quakers with two hits a piece.

The Quaker bats avenged their first-game defeat with a 9-1 hit advantage in the second. After a scoreless first inning, the Red and Blue knocked in three runs in the second. Keiko Uraguchi hit a single to left field which allowed Wolfe and Puglisi to score.

In the fourth inning, the Quakers would extend their lead to seven when Alisha Prystowsky connected with the ball to drive it out of the park for a three run homer – her second of the season.

With a single from Uraguchi in the fifth that drove in Patrick, the Quakers ended the game in five short innings with a final 8-0 score. Uraguchi paced the Quakers, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, while Prystowsky and Wolfe each added two hits a piece. Emily Denstedt pitched all five innings, allowing just one hit.