Softball Splits Doubleheader with Monmouth

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – After a successful week in the Florida sun last week, the Penn softball team hit the road Saturday, traveling to Monmouth where they split a doubleheader, winning the first game 5-2 and the second 6-4. Freshman Jessie Lupardus took the win in the first game, improving her record to 9-1. Freshman Taylor Tieman homered in the game, her second of the season. However, she was tagged with her first collegiate loss as the Quakers dropped the second game, 6-4.

Tieman’s blast got the Quakers on the board in the first game. Senior Annie Kinsey singled to left to start the inning off, and Kelsey Wolfe then drew a two-out walk to bring Tieman to the plate. The freshman who collected her first collegiate home run during the team’s 8-2 stay in Florida then crushed a three-run bomb to put Penn up, 3-0.

Penn added a run in the fifth. Senior Christina Khosravi was hit by a pitch leading off the frame and took second on a wild pitch. The shortstop then swiped third base with two outs and freshman Alisha Prystowsky at the plate. Prystowsky made the gamble pay off when she followed with a two-out RBI single to right-center to make it 4-0.

It became 5-0 in the sixth. After Kinsey was hit by a pitch, sophomore Keiko Uraguchi put down a perfect bunt, beating it out for a single and putting two runners on with two outs. Khosravi then walked to load the bases, and freshman Kelsey Wolfe drew another free pass to force a run home.

Jessie Lupardus, already a two-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, went 6.2 strong innings in her first outing in over a week. She gave up no runs and struck out five while allowing just three hits.

The second game started off well for Penn, as they got two quick runs in the first inning. Uraguchi and Khosravi drew walks and moved up a base on a passed ball. After Wolfe walked, a wild pitch allowed Uraguchi to scamper home and Khosravi and Wolfe advanced. Khosravi then scored on an RBI groundout from Tieman.

The lead expanded in the second. Junior Anna Puglisi beat out an infield hit and moved up when Kinsey singled through the left side. After Khosravi walked to load the bases, Wolfe ripped a double to right-center, plating Puglisi and Kinsey.

Monmouth grabbed a run in the second, and pulled to within a run in the third. Emily DeLong beat out an infield single and stole second. Nicole Alvarez then singled her home. Alvarez also stole second and moved up to third on a groundout, and scored when Jessica Nicola beat out another infield hit.

Monmouth tied it up in the fifth. Again it was Alvarez in the middle of it, as she walked and stole second to start the game. She moved to third on a single by Kara O’Dell, and Nicola singled her home.

Nicola gave Monmouth their final margin of victory as well. In the sixth, her double plated Alvarez and DeLong.