Softball Splits with Columbia in Tightly Contested Doubleheader

Penn 4, Columbia 3 (Game One)
Penn 5, Columbia 6 (8) (Game Two)

PHILADELPHIA - In two tightly contested games, the Penn softball team split its Saturday doubleheader with Columbia. The Quakers had to fight for its 4-3 win over the Lions in game one and in the nightcap, Columbia pulled through with a 6-5 win in eight innings after five lead changes. The Quakers guaranteed themselves third place with their win today. The Lions, who needed to sweep the entire weekend to tie for third with Penn, are now five games behind the Quakers in the Ivy South Division.

Game One
In the first game of the doubleheader, Penn jumped out to an early lead with a run in its first at bat. Alisha Prystowksy made it around the bases after the Quakers captilized on a pair of Columbia errors to keep the inning alive and get runners on base.Kelsey Wolfe recorded the RBI with a single.

The Quakers maintained a 1-0 lead and added a second in the top of the fourth. Anna Puglisi, who was pinch running for Taylor Tieman, scored off a single from Diana Ark.

The Lions in the bottom of the same inning added two runs to tie the score 2-2 going into the fifth inning. The Quakers and the Lions each added a run in the fifth to keep the score tied 3-3. Penn's run came from a single to left field by Jamie Boccanfuso that allowed Prystowsky to score from second - Prystowsky doubled to get on base.

The Quakers added the last run of the game in the top of the sixth for a final score of 4-3. The Quakers utilized Columbia's three errors over the inning to get the run in.

Jessie Lupardus when the distance in the pitching circle for the Quakers- striking out nine, while allowing just five hits. In the bottom of the seventh, the Lions attempted the comeback, but Lupardus shut the door Columbia.

Game Two
The nightcap kept with the same trend of the day, as it wasclose contested game. Once again, Penn added a run in the first inning, but this time, the Lions managed two of their own in their first at bat to take the 2-1 lead at the close of the inning. Penn's score was off a single from Boccanfuso that brought in Prystowsky.

Penn took its second lead of game with two runs in the third. With Keiko Uraguchi and Ark at third and second, respectively, Boccanfuso singled through the right side to pick up the two RBI single.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Columbia took the lead 4-3 with a two RBI home run. The Lions added one more in the sixth to extend its lead to two heading into the final inning.

The Lions were unable to close out the Quakers in their final at bat, as Penn added two runs to tie the game and force extra innings. For the second time in the game, Uraguchi and Ark were on the bases with Boccanfuso at bat. Boccanfuso, again, knocked in the duo of a single to keep the game alive.

Unfortunately, the Lions managed to keep the Quakers' bats silent in the eighth, while knocking in the winning run themselves for the 6-5 win.

The Quakers and the Lions reconvene on the diamond Sunday for its second doubleheader of the weekend, this time at Penn's Warren Field. First pitch is slate for 12:30 p.m., with a between game ceremony to honor seniors Emily Denstedt and Anna Puglisi, as it will be their final game in a Penn uniform.