Softball Sweeps Columbia on Senior Day

Penn 3, Columbia 4 (game 1)

Penn 8, Columbia7 (game 2)

PHILADELPHIA - Playing in the last games on Warren Field for the 2010 season, the Penn softball team edged Columbia by one run in both contests Friday afternoon, winning the first, 4-3, and the second, 8-7. Junior Alisha Prystowsky's five runs batted in and freshmen Brooke Coloma's and Stephanie Caso's four hits apiece led the Quaker attack, while sophomores Chelsea Ott and Cailyn Hennessy earned wins in the circle.

In game one, Prystowsky broke Penn onto the scoreboard early with her three-run shot. Caso's walk and freshman Sam Erosa's single through the left side set up the co-captain's fifth home run of the year.

The Lions responded in the third with two of their own when Maggie Johnson hit a two-run-scoring screamer to centerfield. Columbia tied it up in the fourth when Alison Lam lined a two-out double down the left field line, scoring Anne Marie Skylis, who reached on a walk.

However, back-to-back hits for Caso and Erosa in the bottom of the frame proved to be enough for the Quaker victory. Erosa belted a double down the left field line to plate her classmate from first.

Ott (7-6) took control from there, allowing just three scattered hits over the final three innings as she pitched the complete game. Over the course of seven, Ott allowed eight hits, three runs (two earned), two walks, while striking out five.

Columbia's Maureen O'Kane (5-13) took the loss, throwing six, and giving up nine hits, four runs, a walk, and striking out five, as well.

After a ceremony honoring seniors Keiko Uraguchi and Susan Miller, the Quakers got back to work, but had to climb their way out of a hole to start the nightcap.

The Lions got a 3-0 head start in the first when a failed squeeze play with bases loaded led to a run-down between third and home. The throw from third grazed off the shoulder of a sliding Dani Pineda and sent the ball to the backstop, allowing Karen Tulig to cross the plate as well. Stephanie Yagi followed the play up with a run-scoring single down the left line.

In the third, Columbia stretched its lead with another run on a sacrifice fly, but Penn stormed back in the bottom of the frame to even the score. Sophomore Justine Payne knocked in freshman Jessica Melendez, who reached on an error, and Prystowsky's double to the centerfield fence scored Payne. An RBI single by Coloma and her stolen base that forced a throw-down to the outfield grass, plated Prystowsky for the tying run.

Starter Taylor Tieman faced a jam in the fourth as Columbia scored three more, but out of the bullpen, Hennessy recorded the final outs of the inning.

From there, the Quakers rallied back again, scoring one in the fourth on another Prystowsky RBI, then added three uncontested runs on two outs in the fifth to seal the sweep. Miller started the comeback, reaching on a fielding error by the second baseman. Payne's RBI double and Caso's two-run-scoring single put the Quakers over the top, 8-7.

Penn had five players with two or more hits in the game, as the team combined for 12 off Columbia starter Johnson. With the Lions making four errors in the game, Johnson took the loss, letting in eight runs (three earned), a walk, while striking out one.

Hennessy (5-5) earned the win as she threw three scoreless innings, giving up just three hits. Tieman went 3.2 frames, allowing seven hits, seven runs (six earned), six walks, while striking out two.

Penn (19-21, 12-6 Ivy) looks to finish its season with another sweep to finish the year .500. The Quakers meet Columbia (13-32, 2-16 Ivy) tomorrow for a doubleheader in New York City starting at 12:30 p.m. Cornell clinched the Ivy South Division title today with two wins over Princeton.