Penn 2, Princeton0 (Game 1)
Penn5, Princeton1 (Game 2)
PHILADELPHIA - With exceptional pitching and timely hits, the Penn softball team defeatedPrinceton on Saturday at Warren Field. Led by Kelsey Wolfe's home run in the second game, Penn won 2-0 in the firstof the doubleheaderand 5-1 in the second. The Quakers improve to 9-24-1 and 6-8 in the Ivy League, while Princeton sits at 13-17 and 7-7 in the Ancient Eight.
The first game of the doubleheader quickly became a pitchers dual with the game remaining scoreless through four innings. The Quakers finally ended the scoreless contest in the bottom of the fourth with a single run. With one out, Wolfe connected for a double to right center. Meg Krasne followed that with a single to left center that allowed Wolfe to score and Penn to take the 1-0 lead.
The Red and Blue added another run to the board with a single run in the bottom of the fifth for the 2-0 lead. With two outs, Sarah Patrick kept the inning alive with a single to right center. Alisha Prystowsky drove in Patrick with a double to deep right center for her second hit of the day.
Penn's two runs were enough as Penn hurler, Jessie Lupardus and the Quaker defense kept the Tiger bats quiet through six innings. In the top of the seventh, Princeton managed to get the tying run on base before Wolfe caught a foul ball to end the game. The lefty allowed four hits, two of which were in the last inning, while striking out four for her seventh win this season.
Much like the first game, the early innings were dominated by both teams pitching, until Penn was able to break the silence in the bottom of the second when Wolfe, who was walked to get on base, stole home on a pass ball.
The Tigers responded with a run of their own in their very next inning when a deep fly ball to left that Patrick caught allowed a Princeton runner to score.
The game remained a 1-1 deadlock until the Quakers made the game a little more fun for themselves in the bottom of the fifth. On a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt, Jamie Boccanfuso laid the ball down five feet from the plate with Keiko Uraguchi on third. Uraguchi, who had left for home when the ball was released from the pitcher, narrowly beat the tag when Princeton obted for the play at home. During the scramble at home, Prystowsky, who was at first, was able to advance to third, while Boccanfuso made it around to second. After a pitching change, Prystowsky added Penn's third run of the game on a passed ball. Now with just Boccanfuso at third, Wolfe capped off the explosive fifth inning with a two run homer - her first of the season.
Emily Denstedt showed no mercy on the mound as she allowed just three hits to pick up her second win of the season.
Lookingto take twomore fromthe Tigers and take the second place in the Ivy South Division from them, the Quakers will finish the weekend with another doubleheader against Princeton. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m., at Warren Field.