Softball Splits Doubleheader With Princeton

Penn 5, Princeton 9 (Game 1)
Penn 10, Princeton8 (Game 2)

PHILADELPHIA- A seven-run sixth inning allows the Penn softball team to overcome Ivy rival Princeton, 10-8 in game two on Sunday at Warren Field. Penn lost the first game of the doubleheader, 9-5. The Quakers finished the Princeton series 3-1 to improve to 12-25-1 and 7-9 in the Ancient Eight, while Princeton sits at 14-18 and 8-8 in the league. The Quakers will remain in third place heading into the final weekend of conference play, but will be just one game behind Princeton instead of three.

Game One
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead with a successfull opening inning with four hits including a home run that gave Princeton its 2-0 lead.

The Quakers responded with a three-run third inning. With one out, Keiko Uraguchi doubled down the left field line tobring in Bridget McDugall, who hadput herself on base with a single to the pitcher. Sarah Patrick and Jamie Boccanfuso each addeda double with a hit to center field to bring in the other Penn runs.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Patrick connected for a long home run over the left field fence. Not wanting to feel left out, Boccanfuso added her own home run over the right field fence. Penn headed into the sixth inning with a 5-2 lead.

In the sixth inning, the Tiger offense took advantage ofa few fielding errors to keep the inning alive. Princeton managed to knock in five unearned runs for Tigers' second lead of the game, a 7-5 advantage. Princeton then added two more in the seventh, while keeping the Quakers scoreless in the bottom two innings for the 9-5 win.

Game Two
With a scoreless first inning, the runs started pouring in starting in the second inning. The Tigers added two followed by the Quakers adding two of their own to keep the game at a deadlock. Boccanfuso started the inning off with single to right field. Taylor Tieman brought her in with a double to left.McDugall followed that with a single up the middle that allowed Tieman to score.

The Tigers opened the flood gates in the fifth inning with four hits to take a 6-2 lead. The Quakers brought the deficit to three in the bottom of the same inning when Alisha Prystowksy singled up the middle, allowing Uraguchi to score from second base.

With the score 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth, the Quaker bats came alive. The Quakers rattled off seven hits for six unanswered runs. With the baces loaded,Tieman was walked in for the tying run. Patrick then connected for a single up the middle, allowing the go-ahead run plus one score. The Red and Blue finished the inning to lead 10-6 and needed to hold off the Tiger offense for one more at bat to secure the win.

The Tigers tried to make a run for the game adding four hits for two runs, but Jessie Lupardus came in to close the game and with the tying run at the plate, Lupardus and a great catch by Prystowsky in foul terrirory ended the contest.

Chelsea Ott got the win on the mound for the Quakers - her second of the season. Tieman paced the Quaker offense, going 4-for-3, while the Red and Blue picked up 12 hits as a team in game two and 20 on the day.

The Quakers will be back on the diamond when they head down the street for a meeting with Drexel on Wednesday. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.