Softball Sweeps Cornell to Take First Place in South Division

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers swept the Big Red in a doubleheader today, as they beat Cornell 7-1 in the first game, and 5-4 in the second, improving to 21-13 overall and 12-4 in the Ivy League. With the sweep, Penn took sole possession of first place in the South Division.

In the first game, the Red and Blue went up early and stayed there. Junior Annie Kinsey led off the bottom of the first inning for the Quakers, reaching on an error by Cornell’s second baseman. She was advanced by Teresa Leyden’s sacrifice bunt, and brought home by a double from junior Christina Khosravi. Senior Julia Cheney was up next, and hit a deep single to left field, brining in Khosravi and giving Penn a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Khosravi had another big hit, as she hit a home run to right field to lead off the inning. But it wasn’t until the bottom of the fifth when the Quakers broke the game open. Senior Kaelin Ainley reached on an error to start the inning, and was brought home when junior Annie Kinsey homered to right field to give Penn a 5-0 lead. Senior Stephanie Reichert had a base hit, and was brought home when senior Julia Cheney hit Penn’s second home run of the inning, this time to deep left field. Penn came out of the inning with a 7-0 lead.

Cornell’s only score of the game came in the top of the seventh inning when designated player Jessy Berkey hit a home run.

Sophomore pitcher Emily Denstedt gave up five hits in seven innings, pitching her 12th complete game of the season. Khosravi had two hits in the game with two runs scored and two RBI. Kinsey had one hit with two runs scored and two RBI, while Cheney had two hits and one run scored.

The second game was a lot closer, despite Penn taking an early lead again. In the first inning, Kinsey singled to get on base, followed by Leyden, who also singled. A fielder’s choice and Khosravi getting hit by a pitch loaded the bases for senior Julia Cheney. She hit a sacrifice fly to right field, brining in Kinsey, and giving Penn a 1-0 lead. Neither team would score again until the fourth inning. In the top of the fourth, Cornell got two home runs off of senior pitcher Erin Boyle, giving the Big Red a 2-1 lead. Olivia Mauro came in to close the inning, without giving up anymore runs. In the bottom of the fourth, the Quakers answered with a little offense of their own. Senior Melissa Haffner hit a double deep to left center field to get on base, and she was followed by senior Brandi King, who reached on an error by Cornell’s infield. Senior Kaelin Ainley then hit a three-run home run to right center, putting Penn up 4-2.

Cornell tied it up at 4-4 top of the fifth, when their lead-off batter had a homer off of Mauro, and another runner scored on a walk, a passed ball and a single. With the game tied, sophomore Emily Denstedt came back in to close the game for the Quakers. It wasn’t until the bottom of the sixth that Penn’s offense would seal the deal. Freshman Keiko Uraguchi singled to start the inning, and came home on great base running when junior Annie Kinsey hit a double to center field. Denstedt and the Red and Blue defense stayed tough in the top of the seventh inning to earn the 5-4 win.

Denstedt got the win to improve to 11-7 on the season, as she pitched two perfect innings to end the game. Kinsey went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Ainley had one hit, with a run scored and three RBI. Uraguchi also had one hit and a run scored in the win.

With the sweep, the Quakers improved to 21-13 overall and 12-4 in the Ivy League. Penn now sits atop the North Division, heading into their last weekend of Ivy play. The Red and Blue will host city rival Drexel at Warren Field tomorrow at 3 p.m., before traveling to Princeton this weekend for doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday.