Softball Splits with the Tigers

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - Penn beat Princeton 11-1 in the first game, before falling, 6-3 in the second. With the split, the Red and Blue improved to 22-16 overall, and 13-5 in the Ivy League.

The Quakers had a commanding 11-1 win in the first game of the day. The Tigers got on the board first, when the third batter of the first inning hit a home run off of sophomore pitcher Emily Denstedt. It was only one of three hits that Princeton would get in the game, as Denstedt pitched five near-perfect innings.

The Red and Blue didn’t manage to score until the top of the third inning. Senior catcher Kaelin Ainley doubled to left field, and was brought home on the next play, when junior Annie Kinsey reached on a throwing error by Princeton’s shortstop. Senior Teresa Leyden came up next, and doubled deep to right center, giving Penn a 2-1 lead. After a scoreless fourth inning, the Quakers came up to the plate in the fifth ready to add to their lead. Kinsey singled to start the inning, and was advanced by Leyden’s sacrifice. After Princeton’s pitcher walked junior Christina Khosravi, senior Julia Cheney hit a three-run home run to left field on the second pitch she faced, putting Penn ahead, 5-1. But it was the top of the sixth when the Quakers put the game out of reach. Ainley led off the inning with a single up the middle. Kinsey followed her with the same hit, and Leyden loaded the bases with her bunt single. Khosravi hit another single up the middle, and that was followed by Cheney’s two-run single up the middle. Senior Melissa Haffner had the decisive hit of the inning, though, as she hit a three-run homer down the left field line, putting Penn ahead for good, 11-1.

Cheney went 4-for-4 in the win, with two runs scored and five RBI. Haffner had two hits, with a run scored and three RBI, while Kinsey, Ainley and Leyden each had two hits in the game.

In the second game, it was the Quakers who got the scoring started. In the top of the first inning, Kinsey singled up the middle, and was advanced by Leyden’s sacrifice bunt. Senior Stephanie Reichert was up next, and hit a home run to center field, putting Penn up 2-0.

Princeton didn’t answer until the bottom of the third inning, when a single was advanced by a sac, a wild pitch, and then brought home when Penn’s pitchers gave up a walk with the bases loaded. In the bottom of the fourth, five singles scored two more for the Tigers. Cheney’s double in the top of the fifth put one more on the board for Penn, tying it up at 3-3. But Princeton would score once more in the bottom of the inning on a double and a single, taking the 4-3 lead. Two more singles and a double in the bottom of the sixth clinched the 6-3 win for the Tigers. Princeton is now 19-26 overall, and 9-5 in the league.

Penn, at 12-5 still holds a one game lead in the South Division. Cornell’s sweep of Columbia today has them at 10-4 in the league, and in a close second to the Quakers. Princeton istwogamesout of first with their 9-5 record. The Red and Blue will take on the Tigers again on Sunday, in a doubleheader scheduled to start at 1 p.m.