NEW YORK - You can add one more record to the already impressive resumes of Penn softball seniors Christina Khosravi and Annie Kinsey. With 6-3 and 13-5 victories over Columbia on Saturday, the seniors and the rest of the 2008 Penn softball team can lay claim to the title of "winningest team in Penn softball history." The Quakers now have a 24-20 record, giving them the most victories in a single season in school history.
In the first game, freshmen Taylor Tieman and Alisha Prystowsky homered and freshman Jessie Lupardus improved her record to 18-8 in the win. In Game Two, Penn scored seven times in the fourth inning despite connecting for just four hits in the frame. The walk parade was on, as 12 batters came to the plate. Earlier in the game, Annie Kinsey launched her sixth home run of the season. Junior tri-captain Emily Denstedt earned the win out of the bullpen, improving to 3-9.
Penn got the scoring underway in the second inning of Game One. With one out, Tieman connected and sent a home run to deep right-center, giving the Quakers a 1-0 lead.
In the third, sophomore Keiko Uraguchi reached when the Columbia first baseman dropped a throw from short. With two outs, the error brought Prystowsky to the plate. The freshman catcher made the Lions pay for their mistake, driving a home run to left-center field and putting the Quakers up 3-0.
In the fourth, Penn broke the game open. With one out, freshman Kelsey Wolfe was hit by a pitch. Junior Anna Puglisi then lined a two-out single to center, and freshman Bridget McDugall brought them both home with a double laced to the gap in right-center field. Kinsey followed with a double, plating McDugall.
Meanwhile, the freshman ace Lupardus was cruising. No Columbia batter reached base until the fifth inning, when the Lions scored three times - one unearned - on a three-run homer. That was the only slip-up for Lupardus, who gave up just five total hits while striking out four and not walking a batter.
Penn scored three unearned runs in the first inning of Game Two. Kinsey led off with a single up the middle. Uraguchi followed with another single to center, moving Kinsey up to second.Prystowsky then reached on a fielder's choice that erased Uraguchi, but a throwing error on the second baseman allowed Kinsey to score the game's first run.
A single by Christina Khosravi and a fielder's choice from Tieman moved Prystowsky to third. Wolfe then walked to load the bases, and McDugall followed with an RBI base on balls. Freshman Diana Ark then lined a single to left field which plated Tieman.
Kinsey led off again in the second inning, and the all-time Penn leader in home runs did what she did best, driving a home run to right-center. The Quakers were up 4-0.
Four runs off starter Tory Satagaj in the second pulled Columbia into a tie, but Denstedt came in with one out to stem the tide.
Penn took the lead right back in the third. Tieman drove a double to left, and Wolfe responded with a double to right. Tieman had to wait to make sure the ball wasn't caught, so she advanced to third.
After McDugall flew out, Ark drew a walk to load the bases. Puglisi then lined a single to right that plated Tieman and Wolfe, putting Penn up 6-4.
Columbia got a run back in the bottom of the inning, but in the fourth, the Quakers put the game out of reach with patient at bats that led to four walks in the frame.
Prystowsky led off with a single, and Khosravi walked. Tieman then sharply lined a single to left-center to load the bases, and a walk by Wolfe scored Prystowsky. Two more walks from Ark and Puglisi put Penn up 9-5.
Annie Kinsey stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and erased any doubt that remained, scorching a double to right-center that cleared the bases. Uraguchi followed with a single to right-center that plated Kinsey.
With the score 13-5, Columbia could manage nothing else off Denstedt, and the game was called after five innings.
The Quakers and Lions will do battle again on Sunday, when the teams meet at Warren Field in Philadelphia. First pitch in Game One is set for 12:30 p.m.