Softball Splits for Second Time With Princeton

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA – In their second day of play in Princeton, N.J., the Quakers came out with the same result as the day before: a win in game one and a close loss in game two. Penn pulled out a 6-3 win in the first game, before falling 4-3 in the second. The Red and Blue came away from their Ivy weekend with the Tigers 2-2.

In game one, two of Penn’s top hitters got the Quakers on the board early. In the first inning, junior Annie Kinsey doubled to left field. Senior Teresa Leyden’s sacrifice bunt advanced her. Senior Stephanie Reichert homered to left center field, putting Penn up 2-0.

Princeton scored in bottom of the second, on a single, an error and another single. The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, on a single and a home run, to go up 3-2. But Penn answered in the top of the fifth. Kinsey reached on a fielder’s choice, and was brought home when Leyden hit her first home run of the season to left field. Penn went up 4-3, and never looked back. The Quakers put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh. Freshman Keiko Uraguchi started the inning with a bunt single, and Kinsey closed the door when she hit a homer to left field, putting the Red and Blue up 6-3.

Sophomore Emily Denstedt pitched seven innings, giving up nine hits and three runs, while striking out four. Leyden had one hit, good for two RBI, while Kinsey had two hits, with two RBI and three runs scored. Reichert also had a hit, good for two RBI.

In the second game, it was the Tigers who scored first. Two singles brought in the run, and Princeton had a 1-0 lead. The Quakers got on the board in the top of the third inning, when Leyden doubled to left center, brining in a single and a walk for Penn. But that 2-1 lead was the only lead the Red and Blue would have in the second game. In the bottom of the third, two more runs scored for the Tigers on a home run to right center field. And in the bottom of the sixth, Princeton made it 4-2, when a run scored on a sac fly.

The Quakers almost had the comeback they needed in the top of the seventh, when senior Melissa Haffner hit a home run to left center field to lead off the inning, closing the lead to 4-3. But three quick outs followed, and the Red and Blue’s rally attempt was over.

Denstedt got the loss for the second game, as she pitched five innings, giving up five hits. Leyden had one hit, good for two RBI, and Haffner had one hit for an RBI. With the split, the Quakers stand at 23-17 overall, and 14-6 in the Ivy League.

Penn still holds sole possession of first place in the South Division, with Cornell one game behind (11-5), and Princeton two games back (10-6). Both teams stand a chance to take hold of first place, as the Tigers and the Big Red face off against each other next weekend. If Princeton wins all four games, they will tie with the Quakers, and force a playoff for a trip to the championships. If Cornell wins all four games, they will win the Ivy South outright; three wins by the Big Red would again tie the Red and Blue for first place, forcing a playoff. Princeton and Cornell’s two doubleheaders are scheduled to take place next Saturday and Sunday.