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Philadelphia - Sophomore Stephanie Reichert went a combined 6-for-8, including a grand slam and five runs batted, to help the University of Pennsylvania softball team to sweep Rider this afternoon at Warren Field. Penn (8-10) took the first game, 7-5, and the second game by a score of, 5-1.
“This is a very pleasing result for us,” said Head Coach Leslie King Moore. “This is the first time we’ve taken two at home since I’ve been here. Hopefully we can keep up the momentum as we head into Ivy League play next weekend.”
In game one, Reichert blasted a grand slam to right field in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the Quakers on top, 7-5. Trailing 5-2 in entering the inning, the Quakers loaded the bases with one out. Kaelin Ainely drew a walk to plate Brandi King and Reichert followed with her 211-foot bomb, the first of her career.
The Broncs jumped out to a 2-0 lead to start the game on a two-run double to leftfield by Jill Carabus. Rider then added a third run in the top of the fourth inning on single by Nichole Mears that scored Carrabus. The Quakers mounted a two-run rally in the bottom of the inning to pull within, 3-2. After Broncs’ hurler Heather Beintema walked the first two batters of the inning, sophomore Kim May put the Red and Blue on the board with a single down the leftfield line scoring Meghan Cowen. Kaelin Ainely followed with a walk to the load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Reichert scored Melissa Haffner for the second run of the game. Rider got the two runs back in the top of the fifth inning as Desiree Harbaugh blasted a two-run home run to left center to make the score, 5-2.
Lindsey Permar went six innings allowing five hits, five runs, two earned, and striking out four, while Ann Ferracane picked up the save striking out one in a scoreless inning of relief.
In the second game, Ferracane tossed a complete game, her second of the season, allowing just one unearned run on three hits while striking out four batters.
The Quakers opened the game by putting two runs on the board after two costly errors by the Broncs defense. Rider got one run back in the top of the third on a strange infield play. With two outs and runners on first and second, Jamie Farley hit a high pop to shortstop Christina Khosravi. The ball fell out of Khosravi’s glove, allowing Tiffany Day-Neutill to score. Cowen picked up the rebound and was able to tag out Harbaugh trying to advance to third to end the inning. The Red and Blue held the Broncs scoreless the rest of the way, while plating three runs in the fourth and fifth innings to walk away with the 5-1 victory. Five different Quakers were credited with runs batted in during the game.
May also had a solid day at the plate, going a combined 4-for-7 with two runs batted in and a run scored.
Penn is back in action on March 29 as it hosts Lehigh at 2:30 p.m. on Warren Field. The Quakers travel to Lafayette on March 31 at 2 p.m. before opening Ivy League play on the road at Princeton on April 2 at 1 p.m.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant