Softball Splits with Princeton

Penn 5, Princeton 1 (game 1)

Princeton 4, Penn 4 (game 2)

PHILADELPHIA - Wrapping up a four-game series with Ivy foe Princeton Saturday afternoon, Penn won the first game 5-1, but dropped the second 4-3, going 3-4 this weekend.

The Quakers are now 16-21 overall and 10-6 in the Ivy League, while Princeton moved to 11-29 overall and 5-11 in Ivy play. Cornell swept Columbia in the other Ivy South games Saturday, moving the Big Red to 12-2 in League play, three games ahead of Penn. The Quakers finish up their Ivy season next weekend against Columbia.

In game one, Princeton knocked first with an unearned run in the opening inning on a dropped fly ball in the outfield. However, that was the only run starter Chelsea Ott would allow the rest of the way.

The Red and Blue took the lead for good in the third when freshman Brooke Coloma belted her third home run of the weekend, scoring herself and senior Keiko Uraguchi.

Adding another in the fifth inning, freshman Jessica Arneson plated junior Alisha Prystowsky on her double to centerfield. The Quakers capped their scoring drive with Payne's two-run homer in the sixth.

Ott (6-6) pitched the complete game to earn the win, while allowing just four scattered hits and one run. Princeton's Jamie Lettire took the loss, giving up 12 hits, five runs (four earned), and two walks.

Both Uraguchi and Jessica Melendez were perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 and 3-for-3, respectively.

In the night cap, Tigers starter Liza Kuhn walked in Sam Erosa to give Penn the early lead, but Princeton answered back in the bottom of the frame with two runs off Kelsey VandeBergh's RBI double and another on a fielding error.

Penn tied it up in the second when Melendez recorded her first collegiate home run to lead off the inning.

However, the Tigers took the lead for good in the fourth on a sacrifice fly, and tacked on another in the fifth on Kelsey Quist's solo dinger for a 4-2 lead. Senior Susan Miller belted her own solo shot in the seventh to put the Quakers within one, but it was all they could manage as Kuhn forced the final outs.

Junior Taylor Tieman (7-6) took the loss despite a strong performance on the mound. She allowed only six hits, four runs (three earned), and a walk in the complete game. Kuhn earned the win, throwing all seven as well, giving up seven hits, three runs, and four walks.

Coloma recorded two hits in the effort, finishing 4-for-7 on the day.

Penn is back in action Wednesday hosting a non-conference game against Delaware on Warren Field, starting at 3 p.m. Originally, the teams were scheduled for a doubleheader, but has now been changed to just a single game.