PRINCETON, N.J. - It wasa big day for the Penn softball team, as they ended rival Princeton's undefeated Ivy League season with a 7-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. The Quakers nearly handed Princeton its first doubleheader loss of the year when they rallied late in Game Two, but ended up settling for a split when they fell, 7-6.
Senior tri-captain Annie Kinsey's three-run home run in the fourth inning broke open a 3-2 game in the first contest. In total, the second baseman drove in four runs and scored three on the day. Freshman catcher Alisha Prystowsky added a solo home run in the seventh to provide the final margin of victory in Game One.
Freshman Jessie Lupardus earned the win, improving her record to 16-8.
As they did in the first game on Saturday, Penn jumped on the Tigers early in Game One, scoring twice in the first inning. Kinsey led off with a single to left field and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Keiko Uraguchi. Prystowsky was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second.
After senior tri-captain Christina Khosravi flew out, the Quakers got on the boardthanks to a bizarre play that resulted in two Tigers errors. Freshman Taylor Tieman, who has been swinging one of the hottest bats on the team over the past week, ripped a single to left that plated Kinsey. On the relay back towards the infield, throwing errors were committed by both the third baseman and the second baseman, allowing Prystowsky to advance to extra bases and score the second run for Penn.
Princeton got on the board in the second with a solo home run, but Penn responded in the top of the third.
Uraguchi drew a one-out walk, and after Prystowsky followed by doing the same, Khosravi laced a double that split the gap in left-center field. Uraguchi came around to score, putting Penn up 3-1. Another Tigers solo home run in the bottom of the inning pulled Princeton to within a run at 3-2.
In the fourth, the Quakers put the game away. Sophomore Susan Miller led off by beating out an infield single to the right side. Freshman Diana Ark was inserted as a pinch runner, and she moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Anna Puglisi. Freshman Bridget McDugall was then hit by a pitch, bringing Kinsey to the plate.
The all-time leading home run hitter for Penn, Kinsey did what she does best in critical situations. Going with the pitch, she sent a slicing line drive over the right-center field fence for a three-run homer, giving Penn a comfortable 6-2 margin.
In the seventh, Prystowsky made the score 7-2 when she led off with her second home run of the season.
Meanwhile, Lupardus contributed yet another stellar outing. Other than the two solo home runs, Lupardus allowed just six hits, striking out six and allowing just two runners to advance beyond second base. The freshman is now 16-8, giving her the best individual season for a Penn pitcher in the program history. Junior Emily Denstedt held the previous record when she won 13 games last season. Lupardus, who has registered 16 complete games and also has come on for four saves, now sits in seventh place on the Quakers' all-time wins list with those 16 victories.
The second game did not start well for Penn, as Denstedt was roughed up for a run in the second and six in the third, all earned.
Penn got back in the game late, though. In the sixth inning, Prystowsky beat out an infield hit with two outs, extending the inning for Khosravi. The shortstop drove a double deep to center field, bringing Prystowsky all the way around to score. Tieman then made the score 7-3 when she touched off her fifth home run of the season, a two-run blast to left.
In the seventh, Diana Ark slapped a one-out single through the left side of the infield. She moved to second on a wild pitch before McDugall walked. Up stepped Kinsey, who brought Ark around with a single to left. McDugall advanced to third on the play as Kinsey was safe at second thanks to an error by the left fielder.
Uraguchi followed by lining another single through the infield, bringing McDugall home and moving Kinsey up to third. With only one out, Prystowsky hit a hard grounder to the second baseman who got Uraguchi at second, but the Tigers could not turn the double play. Kinsey scored and the Quakers were within a run, but they would get no closer as Princeton secured the final out of the inning on a fly ball to center by Khosravi.
Penn is back in action on Wednesday for its final non-conference games of the season when the Quakers take on Drexel. The two teams will square off at Warren Field beginning at 3 p.m.