Softball Swept by Cornell in Doubleheader

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA – On a beautiful day for softball at Warren Field, Penn (14-22, 2-6) had an opportunity to get to .500 in league play, but failed to do so losing both ends of a doubleheader to Cornell (20-17, 5-1) on Saturday. The Big Red won game one, 6-2 and took the nightcap 10-2.

Game one was not a pretty game by any means. Both teams combined for 18 hits, five errors and 21 runners left on base. The Big Red capitalized on a Penn error in the fourth to score a run. Penn scored two runs in the fifth thanks to two Cornell errors.

The Big Red crossed the plate three times in the third, all with two outs. Cornell used four consecutive singles to take a 3-0 lead. The Big Red tacked on single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh.

Penn cut the lead to 4-2 in the fifth. With two on and one out, Annie Kinsey hit a ground ball that Cornell third basemen Caitlin Warren could not handle, allowing Kaelin Ainley to score. Kinsey then stole second and on the throw to second, Samatha Hare dropped the ball and as in rolled into the outfield Stephanie Reichert scored from third. Two batters later, Julia Cheney drew a two-out walk to put runners at first and second. Melissa Haffner reached first on a dropped third strike to load the bases, but it would stay that way as Jenn Meunier (10-7) got Kim May to fly out to center.

Meunier went the distance for her 10th complete game of the season. Emily Denstedt (9-10) took the loss, giving up three earned in three and two-thirds.

Reichert and Christina Khosravi each had two hits. Khosravi is now tied for the Penn single-season record with 48 hits.

In the nightcap, the Quakers scored in the first on a Kinsey homer to left center. The Big Red answered right back in the second. With two outs, Jessica Berkey homered to left center off starter Olivia Mauro (4-5). After a single and a walk, Jenna Campagnolo singled in Sarah Ruben to give Cornell the lead, 2-1.

The Red and Blue were trailing 3-1 until the sixth, when everything fell a part. With the bases loaded and no outs, Erin Murtha singled to plate one run. Warren then it a grand slam to left to put Cornell on top 7-1. After a walk, Mauro was lifted for Casey Hare. The Big Red added three more runs on two hits and one Penn error to take a 10-1 lead.

Pinch-hitter Susan McIlvaine hit a lead-off double to left and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Cheney. The Quakers could not muster anymore runs and the game ended by the mercy rule 10-2.

Kinsey had two of Penn’s four hits. Cornell’s Haley Mirrer pitched a complete game, while striking out four.

The Red and Blue will look to rebound on Sunday hosting Columbia in a doubleheader at 12:30 p.m. in the final home games of the season at Warren Field. It also marks the final home games for senior Jen Nichols, who will be honored between games.