Softball Splits with Cornell

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - Penn kept themselves in the hunt for an Ivy title, as they split with Cornell today. The Quakers were shut out of the first game, as they lost to the Big Red, 4-0. But they came back in the second to win, 6-5, completing the split.

In the first game, sophomore pitcher Emily Denstedt got off to a promising start, as she pitched three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. Cornell’s second hit of the game was a big one, as Elise Menaker hit a home run in the top of the fourth inning, to give Cornell a 1-0 lead. Denstedt was able to keep control of the game, allowing only one hit in the fifth and sixth innings, before a tough stretch in the seventh. After walking the lead-off batter, a double, a passed ball and an error scored three runs for the Big Red, giving them a 4-0 lead. The Quakers couldn’t capitalize in the bottom of the seventh, and lost, 4-0. Denstedt pitched a complete game, allowing only five hits and two earned runs. Cornell’s Jenn Meunier had a strong game on the mound, pitching a complete game shut-out, and allowing only four hits from Penn’s offense.

The second game got off to a different start for the Quakers. Junior Annie Kinsey led off for Penn, and got things started on a good note, as she hit a home run to left field, giving Penn a 1-0 lead. In the top of the second, the Big Red answered Kinsey’s home run with one of their own, a two-run shot that gave them a 2-1 lead. But Cornell didn’t hold the lead for long; in the bottom of the second, senior Melissa Haffner started off with a single. She was advanced by Brandi King’s sacrifice, and the Quakers had a runner in scoring position. With two outs, senior Kaelin Ainley came to the plate, and hit a line-drive right the third baseman. She bobbled the throw, and Ainley and Haffner advanced to first and third. Annie Kinsey came up to the plate to face Cornell’s pitcher Haley Mirrer for the second time that day. She had the same result as their first meeting: a home run, deep to left field. With Kinsey’s three-run homer, the Quakers took a 4-2 lead. Kinsey’s home run helped her set a new single-season home run record, as she has eight so far this season. Cornell scored again in the fifth inning, to close the lead to 4-3, but in the bottom of the inning, Penn’s offense answered the call. Kinsey was walked to lead off the inning, and advanced by a sacrifice by freshman Keiko Uraguchi. Junior Christina Khosravi took a note from Kinsey’s earlier at bats, and hit a home run of her own, increasing Penn’s lead to 6-3.

In the top of the seventh, three singles from Cornell scored two runs, closing the lead to 6-5, and putting runners on first and third. Cornell’s Jenna Campagnolo came up to the plate with two outs, and the tying and winning run on base. She hit a fly to right field, which looked like it would be enough to score the tying run and send the game into extra innings. But right fielder Melissa Haffner made the catch and a perfect throw to home, where catcher Kaelin Ainley made the out at the plate to end the game.

Senior Erin Boyle got the win on the mound for Penn, as she pitched four innings, giving up only four hits. Senior Casey Hare earned the save, as she pitched one inning, giving up one hit and no runs to close out the win. Offensively, Kinsey led the Quakers with her two homers, going 2-for-2 with three runs scored and four RBI. Khosravi was also perfect, going 1-for-1 with a run scored and two RBI.

Up next, the Quakers will play two more games against the Big Red. The games, scheduled for tomorrow, have been postponed due to inclement weather. They have been rescheduled for Tuesday at noon.