Softball Splits with Yale, Denstedt Hurls Second Shutout in Two Days

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA – With an opportunity to gain some ground in the Ivy League, Penn (13-19, 2-4) split a doubleheader with Yale (22-14, 1-3) on Monday. The Quakers won game one 2-0 behind the dominant pitching of Emily Denstedt. The Bulldogs scored nine runs in the final three innings en route to a 14-2 win in game two.

Denstedt (9-9) was brilliant, in the circle, again. She pitched a complete game shutout for the second time in as many days. Denstedt allowed just one hit through the first four and a third innings. The freshman limited the Bulldogs to just five base runners and only three advanced to second. Left fielder Teresa Leyden helped preserve the shut out in the fifth by throwing out Megan Enyeart at the plate on a two-out single by Kate Meserve.

The Quakers were relatively quiet offensively. Yale starter Peggy Hunt (6-4) was equally as effective as her counterpart. Penn scored in the first on a sacrifice fly by Annie Kinsey that plated Stephanie Reichert, who led-off with a double. The Red and Blue’s only other run came in the fifth on a solo home run to center by Melissa Haffner, which was the first of her career.

Reichert went 2-for-3 with one run scored. She came inches from giving Penn a three-run lead in the fifth when she hammered a ball off the top of the fence in right center for a triple.

Penn scored game two’s first run in the third on a two-out single by Kim May that scored Christina Khosravi.

However, the Quakers lead did not last long. In the fourth, Katie Edwards led-off with a single and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Aracelis Torres.

The Red and Blue managed to re-take the lead in the bottom of the inning. Reichert reached on an error with two outs. She then stole second and moved up to third on a wild pitch. Leyden singled to left to put Penn on top.

In the top of the fifth, it was Yale’s turn to answer back. With two on and one out, Edwards smashed a three-run homer to center. Denstedt was then called out of the bullpen in relief of Olivia Mauro(3-4). After recording one out, Torres hit a homer to center to give the Bulldogs a 6-2 lead. Lindsey Permar came in relief of Denstedt to record the third out of the inning.

Yale tacked on four runs in seventh, sending 12 batters to the plate. Edwards hit her second home run of the day with one out.

Penn will travel to the Main Line on Tuesday to take on Villanova in a doubleheader at 3 p.m.