Softball Streaks to Sixth Straight Win, Taking Two from Yale

Penn 5, Yale 4

Penn 2, Yale 0

PHILADELPHIA - Taylor Tieman earned her third win in two days and first save of the season as the Quakers overcame Yale, 5-4 and 2-0, Saturday on Warren Field. The wins extend Penn's streak to six and put them atop the League standings at 4-0 in Ivy play and 9-12 overall.

Down 3-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, Penn strung five hits together to plate five runs, taking the lead for good in game one. Back-to-back singles to left field by senior Keiko Uraguchi and freshman Stephanie Caso, followed by freshman Brooke Coloma's walk to load the bases with one out set up an RBI single for junior Kelsey Wolfe and a Tieman two-run double to tie the game. Sophomore Justine Payne belted a double to the left field warning track, plating two more for the 5-3 lead.

Yale (6-13, 2-2) answered back in the seventh off a double and single, but Tieman came out of the bullpen to get the final two outs and preserve the win. For the second consecutive start, junior Chelsea Ott (2-4) took a no-decision after hurling a fine game in which she threw 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, four hits, a walk, while striking out two. Junior Cailyn Hennessy (3-5) earned the win, pitching 1.1 innings, allowing one unearned run, two hits and a walk.

In the nightcap, a pitchers' duel ensued between Tieman and Yale's Holly Gutterud. The Quakers got out of the gate quickly in the first after Wolfe's hard-hit ball off the glove of the first baseman scored Uraguchi from second.

The board read 1-0 until the fifth when Penn added one more on Wolfe's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, plating Caso from third.

Sophomore Justine Payne led the team with four hits on the day, going 2-for-3 in both games.

Tieman improved to 4-1 on the year, pitching the complete game shutout, scattering four hits, a walk, and striking out five. The junior showed a great deal of composure as she struck out Yale's Ashley Sloan to end the fifth inning with runners on second and third, as well as pitched herself out of bases loaded jam in the sixth.

The Quakers are back in action Wednesday when they take the short trip to Temple for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.