Softball Swept by Delaware, 5-0 and 8-5

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

Newark, Del. – After playing their first 10 games in the Golden State, Penn (4-8) returned a few miles closer to home to take on Delaware (11-5) in a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Fighting Blue Hens won game one 5-0 and game two 8-5.

Delaware got to work in the first inning, scoring two unearned runs off starter Emily Denstedt (3-3). The Quakers allowed the first three batters to reach base, on a walk and two errors. The second error allowed the Blue Hens to score their first run on a groundball to short by Michelle Plant that scored Allison Borchers. Two batters later, Plant scored on another Penn error. The Red and Blue committed four errors in the inning.

The Blue Hens added a run in the third and two more in the sixth. Borchers tripled, knocking in Kate Termini, and scoring on a throwing error as she pulled into third.

Carolynn Sloat (5-4) picked up the win. She scattered three hits while tossing a complete game.

In game two, the Quakers scored four runs over the first three innings, but Delaware put up an eight spot in the second to counter Penn’s attack.

Stephanie Reichert led off with a double. She was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Teresa Leyden and scored on a single by Christina Khosravi.

In the second, Penn had three on with one out thanks to two Blue Hen errors. Reichert ripped a single into the gap in right center that scored Kaelin Ainley and pinch-runner Susan McIlvaine.

Delaware wiped away Penn’s 3-0 lead in the second. Starting pitcher Lindsey Permar (0-2) loaded the bases on a hit batsman and two walks. She then walked the next hitter to force in the Blue Hens first run. With one out Borchers delivered again with an RBI single. With the bases still loaded, Permar walked Katie DeSalvo – scoring Barbara Traynor. Permar was pulled for Olivia Mauro. She was greeted with a single by Michelle Plant that knocked in two runs. Delaware added three more runs on three singles.

"We hit the ball very hard in the second game, but they made some great defensive plays," said coach Leslie King.

Annie Kinsey, who had two hits, scored the Quakers final two runs in the third and fifth.

Khosravi and Melissa Haffner had two hits a piece for the Red and Blue.

Penn will head back down to Delaware this weekend for the Bash at the Beach in Lewes, Del. On Friday, March 17 the Quakers play Delaware State at 9 a.m. and face off against Delaware again at 1 p.m. On Saturday the Red and Blue take on Marist at 11 a.m. and St. Francis (N.Y.) at 3 p.m. Sunday’s opponents are determined based on the first two rounds.