Softball Splits with Yale

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - In softball action today, the Quakers split with the Bulldogs, to improve to 7-3 in Ivy League play. Yale won the first game, 3-1, but Penn came back in the second game of the day, to win 7-6.

In the first game of the day, Yale got off to an early lead, as the first batter reached on an error. Advanced by a sacrifice bunt, and brought home on a single, the Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead. But the Quakers answered in the bottom of the second, when senior Julia Cheney, leading off the inning, hit a home run deep to left field, tying it up at 1-1. Yale battled back in the fourth, scoring two more runs on three hits, to take the 3-1 lead. But strong pitching from both teams kept the score at 3-1, and the Bulldogs earned the win. Sophomore Emily Denstedt pitched a complete game, her ninth of the season, including five scoreless innings. Cheney was 1-for-3 in the loss, with one run scored and an RBI.

Penn’s bats woke up in the second game, but only after Yale took another early lead. The Bulldogs’ lead-off batter singled, and was advanced on an error. She scored two batters later, to give Yale another 1-0 lead in the top of the first. But this time, the Quakers capitalized on pitching problems to get on the board. Yale’s starting pitcher, Kayla Kuretich, walked Penn’s lead-off batter, Annie Kinsey, and hit Teresa Leyden to put two on base. She then walked Stephanie Reichert to load the bases, before being removed from the game. But the damage was done, and Penn capitalized on the situation. Christina Khosravi grounded out to the shortstop, but the fielder’s choice was enough to bring in Kinsey, tying up the game at 1-1. Up next, Cheney hit a single up the middle, bringing home Leyden, and putting Penn up 2-1. Freshman Justine Wilson came in to pinch run for Cheney, and in a moment of confusion in the field, Wilson stole second, as Reichert stole home, giving the Quakers a 3-1 lead. The Bulldogs managed to retire the inning without any more runs scored, but the damage was done.

The Quakers continued to have success in the second inning, when Reichert got on base with a single. Khosravi was up next, and hit a home run to center field, bringing in two runs, and increasing the Quakers’ lead to 5-1. Yale scored two runs in the top of the third, to close the lead to 5-3. In the top of the sixth, the batter leading off the inning for the Bulldogs hit a home run, making it 5-4. Senior Casey Hare came in to pitch for the Quakers, and managed to retire the rest of the order, and keep Penn’s lead. Hare got a little help from her teammates in the bottom of the inning. Senior catcher Kaelin Ainley got on base with a single, and was followed by Kinsey, who had a single of her own to left field, which was enough to bring Ainley home. Leyden was up next, and reached on an error, which was enough to advance Kinsey to third. Reichert hit a single to center field, bringing in the run, and giving Penn a 7-4 lead going into the seventh inning.

The Bulldogs managed to rally in the top of the seventh, to give the Quakers a scare. Three singles and a fielder’s choice brought in two runs, and the score was 7-6, with the tying and winning runs on first and second base. But a clean putout by Khosravi ended the inning and the game, giving Penn the 7-6 win.

Senior Olivia Mauro earned the win, and Hare earned the save for the Quakers. Reichert was the leader for Penn’s offense, as she went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Khosravi went 1-for-4 with one run scored and three RBI. Kinsey was 1-for-3, with two runs scored and an RBI, as Cheney went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Ainley was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

With the split, the Quakers improved to 15-11, and 7-3 in the league, as the Bulldogs fell to 14-8, and 1-5 in the league. Up next, Penn will host Brown at Warren Field tomorrow at noon, for another Ivy League doubleheader.