Softball Sweeps Dartmouth, 14-0 and 11-4.

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA – The Penn softball team rebounded from two tough losses to Harvard yesterday, by taking two from Dartmouth today. The Quakers won the first game in five innings, with a 14-0 shutout, before beating the Big Green 11-4 in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Quakers got things started in the first game right away, as lead-off batter Annie Kinsey hit a double to center field to get on base. Senior Teresa Leyden hit a sacrifice bunt to advance her to third, and Stephanie Reichert reached on a sacrifice bunt that brought Kinsey home. In the top of the second inning, the Quakers widened their lead. Senior Melissa Haffner was up first, and hit a home run, to increase the lead to 2-0. Senior catcher Kaelin Ainley was walked to get on base, and Kinsey followed that up with a single to right field, putting runners on first and second. Reichert was up next, and her single to right field brought Ainley home, while Kinsey scored on a fielding error by Dartmouth. With a 4-0 lead and one runner on base, junior Christina Khosravi came up to bat, and hit another home run, scoring two runs, and putting the Quakers up 6-0.

The offense didn’t stop there for Penn. Haffner started things off for the Quakers by hitting a double. She was brought home two batters later, when Ainley singled to left field. A double from Leyden made the score 9-0, while a single by senior Julia Cheney and a single by senior Brandi King scored three more runs, giving Penn the 12-0 lead. A home run from Annie Kinsey in the top of the fourth made it 13-0, and freshman Keiko Uraguichi singled in one more run in the top of the fifth, to give Penn the 14-0 win.

Sophomore Emily Denstedt pitched the complete game, giving up only five hits, and no runs, with five scoreless innings. Kinsey went 4-for-4 in the first game, with four runs scored and an RBI. Melissa Haffner went 2-for-2, with two runs scored and an RBI. Khosravi went 1-for-2, with three runs scored and two RBI. King was 1-for-3, with two RBI, and Reichert was also 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.

In the second game, the Big Green finally got on the board, but couldn’t stop Penn’s bats, as the Quakers won 11-4.

The first inning of the game was scoreless, but in the top of the second, the Red and Blue scored eight runs to take the lead. The highlight of the inning came when junior Christina Khosravi hit a home run, bringing in two runs. Kinsey also had two RBI in the inning, with her double to left field.

Dartmouth finally scored a run in the bottom of the second inning, on three base hits. The Big Green scored again in the bottom of the third, to cut Penn’s lead to 8-2.

In the top of the fourth, Reichert made the lead 9-2, with a double. She was brought home by Julia Cheney’s single. Dartmouth scored twice more in the bottom of the fifth inning, to cut the lead to 9-4. But in the top of the seventh inning, the Quakers scored twice more, to take the 11-4 lead and the win.

Cheney went 3-for-4 in the win, with an RBI, as Khosravi went 1-for-4, with two RBI. Haffner was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, as Uraguchi went 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI.

Up next, the Quakers will return home to Warren Field, where they will host city-rival Temple on Wednesday at 3 p.m.