Softball Splits with Holy Cross, Maine

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

ORLANDO – The Quakers stand at 4-2 so far this season, as they split today’s games with Holy Cross and Maine.

In their first game of the day against Holy Cross, Penn won, 4-1. Sophomore Emily Denstedt started on the mound for the Quakers, and held the Crusaders scoreless for the first two innings. Strong pitching from Holy Cross also prevented runs, and the game was scoreless going into the third inning. In the top of the third, senior Kaelin Ainley got the scoring started for Penn, when she singled to center field and advanced on the throw to second base. Junior Annie Kinsey was up next, and drove her home from second base, on a single to right field, giving Penn a 1-0 lead

In the bottom of the third, Denstedt walked two runners, and the Crusaders scored on a sacrifice fly to tie it up 1-1. The score would remain tied until the top of the seventh, when Penn got several crucial hits. Freshman Keiko Uraguchi singled with runners on second and third, to bring home senior Susan McIlvaine. Senior Stephanie Reichert was up next, and reached first on a fielder’s choice, and bringing in Ainley from third base. And junior Christina Khosravi singled to bring in Reichert from second, and give Penn a 4-1 lead. The Quakers closed out the bottom of the seventh, and clinched the 4-1 victory. Denstedt pitched a complete game, with six scoreless innings and six strikeouts, while allowing only four hits and one run. Khosravi also had a strong game in the field, with several defensive gems. Kinsey and Uraguchi led Penn on offense, as both were 2-for-4 with a RBI.

Against Maine, the Quakers had an early lead, but couldn’t follow through, and lost, 6-3. In the bottom of the second inning, sophomore Anna Puglisi singled to get on base, and was brought home by Ainley’s double, to take the 1-0 win. In the bottom of the third inning, it was Uraguchi who got on base and Khosravi’s single that brought her home. Maine scored two runs in the fourth inning, but Penn answered in the fifth, when Reichert hit a home run deep to center field with no one on base, to give the Quakers a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the seventh inning, Maine capitalized on some defensive errors by the Quakers, and scored four runs, to take the 6-3 lead. Penn couldn’t return the favor in the bottom of the inning, and the Black Bears took home the win.

Senior Olivia Mauro pitched 3.1 innings, allowing four hits and two runs, while senior Erin Boyle pitched 3.2 innings, giving up six hits and two runs. Rechiert went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Uraguchi went 2-for-4, and Khosravi went 3-for-4 with a RBI. Ainley went 2-for-3, with two RBI, while McIlvaine went 1-for-3 and Puglisi went 1-for-2.

Up next, the Quakers will face off against Valparaiso and Lehigh, tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Earlier this week, Penn beat Valpo, 9-1, and last year, the Quakers swept Lehigh, beating them 6-3 and 3-1 in a double header.

Download: Maine Box Score.pdf