Softball Splits with Neighbor Drexel

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA – Penn (15-25) traveled a few blocks west on Wednesday to take on Drexel (12-24) in a doubleheader. The Quakers scored six times in the last two innings to win game one, 8-4. The Quakers lost the nightcap 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh.

In game one, Penn took a 2-0 lead in the second on a two-out single by Annie Kinsey. Drexel took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third. It was capped off by a Molly Dacey two-run homer to center. The Dragons added one in the fourth to go up 4-2.

With runners on second and third and one out, Anna Puglisi laid down a squeeze that scored Jen Nichols. After Puglisi stole second, Kaelin Ainley reached on a fielder’s choice and scored Brandi King to tie the game at four. Kinsey also reached on a fielder’s choice that plated Puglisi and gave Penn a 5-4 lead.

The Quakers added three insurance runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Kim May and Kinsey and a bases loaded walk to Ainley.

Olivia Mauro (5-6) pitched a complete game while striking out four to record the win.

Kinsey batted in the lead-off spot for the first time this season and went 2-for-4 with four RBI.

In game two, shaky pitching from both teams led to nine runs in the first three innings. Penn scored three first inning runs thanks to four walks and a Drexel error. A Stephanie Reichert single scored Kinsey for the first run. After the next two batter’s reached base, King hit a ground ball that second basemen Christina Rodriguez mishandled, allowing Reichert to score. May then drew a walk that forced in Christina Khosravi for Penn’s third run.

The Dragons scored one in the first and two in the second on a double by Rodriguez to tie the score at 3-3. The Quakers answered back in the third on a triple by Ainely that scored two.

Khosravi homered to right center with one out in the fourth to give Penn a 6-4 lead. With the homer, Khosravi became the school'sall-time leader for hits in a season with 49. The Red and Blue held onto the lead until the sixth. Drexel got within a run on a sacrifice fly by Lisa Williams. Rodriguez then singled to center to tie the game at 6-6.

King led-off the seventh with a double and moved up to third on a wild pitch. With one out, May hit a ground ball that third basemen Brown fielded, faked a throw to first and flipped to short stop Beaver covering third to get King as she dove back to third.

In the bottom half, Sandra Wambold hit a one out single and represented the winning run. Next batter, Dacey hit a double to center that scored pinch-runner Lena Aiken from first for the winning run.

Despite taking the loss, Casey Hare (0-1) ate up five innings in relief for the Quakers.

Penn will head to New England this weekend to finish the season. On Saturday, the Quakers play a doubleheader at Dartmouth at one p.m. The Red and Blue head to Harvard Sunday for another doubleheader at noon.