Softball Splits with Brown, Offense Erupts for Eight Runs in Game Two

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA – After dropping game one 2-1, Penn (12-18, 1-3) bounced back to win game two 8-0 over Brown (11-19, 1-1) on Sunday at Warren Field. Starter Emily Denstedt shut out the Bears for six innings, while the offense exploded for seven runs in the sixth to record the Quakers first Ivy League win of the season.

After starter Olivia Mauro (3-3) issued walks to Mary Seid and Amy Baxter to open the third. Jaimie Wirkowski moved both runners into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Melissa Ota singled to right center to score two runs. Those two runs would be all the Bears would need.

Penn had multiple opportunities to score but could not capitalize. In the second, Christina Khoravi lead-off with a triple and reigning Ivy League Player of the Week Julia Cheney followed with a single then stole second. However both runners were stranded.

The Quakers lone run came on a solo shot by Stephanie Reichert to right center. For Reichert, it was her team-leading fourth home run.

In the sixth, it was once again Khosravi and Cheney who got things started. Khosravi smoked a one out single down the line to left. Cheney, who represented the go ahead run, doubled to the fence in center two put runners at second and third with one out. Next batter, Melissa Haffner hit a ground ball that Ota fielded at third and tagged out Khosravi, as she tried to get back to the bag, for the first out. Brown pitcher Michelle Moses (4-9) got Kim May to pop out to short to end the threat.

Both Khosravi and Cheney went 2-for-3 and combined for four of Penn’s six hits.

Denstedt (7-10) shut down the Bears in game two. She scattered six hits over six innings while striking out four and walking none. In the sixth, Brown threatened with runners on first and second with one out, but the freshman got a strike out and a pop up to get out of the jam.

The Quakers scored their first run in the first on a Khosravi double that scored Reichert. Brown starter Kristen Schindler (1-7) held Penn in-check until the six. Looking to add some breathing room with a 1-0 lead, the Red and Blue sent eight batters to the plate and scored seven runs. After back-to-back walks to Susan McIlvaine and Kim May, Kaelin Ainley singled to center to score McIlvaine. Schindler then issued back-to-back walks again to force in another run. Now up 3-0, Annie Kinsey smashed a grand slam to left. Khosravi followed with a solo shot to left to end the game 8-0.

Penn hosts Yale in a doubleheader Monday starting at noon.