Softball Splits with Visiting Cornell

Cornell 6, Penn 0 (game 1)

Penn 9, Cornell 6 (game 2)

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn softball team bounced back from a 6-0 defeat in game one to top Cornell 9-6 in the final contest of the weekend's four-game series with the Big Red. Sophomore Chelsea Ott threw the complete game to earn the win, while freshman Jess Arneson and junior Alisha Prystowsky belted home runs in the ten hit effort.

Prystowsky's dinger to straight centerfield opened up the scoring in the first. Senior Keiko Uraguchi rounded the bases with her after reaching on a single. Freshman Brooke Coloma kept the rally alive with a double and advanced to third on a fielding error by the shortstop. From there, sophomore Justine Payne knocked her in with a sacrifice fly, giving the Quakers a 3-0 head start.

A solo home run for Kristen Towne in the second and a leadoff solo shot for Erin Keene, followed by Elise Menaker's sacrifice fly, scoring Intihar, tied the ballgame in the third.

However, the Quakers' bats exploded as Prystowsky sparked things up in the fifth with a double that drifted in the wind to deep centerfield. Junior Kelsey Wolfe plated the co-captain and made it all the way around the diamond on a triple plus a mishandled throw from the outfield.

Up 5-3, Penn added a few insurance runs in the sixth, starting with sophomore Elora Daniele's leadoff double. She scored on Coloma's sac fly after moving to third on Uraguchi's sac bunt. Arneson capped Penn's scoring drive with a three-run shot to left field; her first of the season.

The Big Red threatened in the seventh, leading off with back-to-back doubles, a single, and a sacrifice fly to plate two. They added one more on Ashley Garvey's double that plated Alyson Intihar, but Ott stuck it out to seal her fourth win of the season.

In seven innings of work, Ott (4-6) threw three hitless frames, while allowing nine hits and six runs. Cornell's Lauren Max (7-3) took the loss after relieving Ali Tomlinson in the third to throw three full innings. She allowed four hits, five runs, and two walks, while striking out four.

Prystowsky went 2-for-2 in the game with three runs scored and two runs batted-in, while Arneson also had two hits, a run scored, and three RBI.

In game one, Penn had no answer for the reigning Ivy Pitcher of the Year, Elizabeth Dalrymple, who no-hit the Quakers and limited them to just two base runners, reaching on walks.

After the initial five-run opening inning, the game turned into a pitchers duel between Dalymple and junior Taylor Tieman. Tieman (6-4) allowed six hits as the Big Red batted around the order in the first, but settled down from there to silence the bats until Cornell added one more in the sixth off Keene's first of two solo homers on the day.

Penn (13-18, 7-5 Ivy) is back on Warren Field Wednesday when they host a non-conference doubleheader with Drexel starting at 3 p.m.