Softball Swept by Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Penn softball team suffered its first Ivy League sweep of the season, falling to the defending champion Harvard Crimson 3-2 and 6-2 on Monday. Freshman Jessie Lupardus took the loss in both games as the Quakers (18-10, 5-3) wrapped up an extended league weekend with two late losses. Freshman Alisha Prystowsky had three hits, driving in two and scoring two on the day.

The Quakers jumped out on top early in Game One. Senior tri-captain Annie Kinsey singled to lead off the game, and sophomore Keiko Uraguchi reached on a misplayed sacrifice bunt attempt. After Prystowsky walked, senior tri-captain Christina Khosravi hit a sacrifice fly to right that brough home Kinsey. The right fielder misplayed the ball, allowing Khosravi to reach, but the Quakers could do no further damage in the inning as the Crimson defense righted itself and escaped the jam.

After Harvard tied the game in the second, Penn took the lead right back in the third. Prystowsky singled to left opening the frame, and Khosravi walked. After freshman Kelsey Wolfe bunted them both over, freshman Taylor Tieman plated Prystowsky with an RBI groundout to second base.

The score stayed 2-1 until the fifth, when a leadoff home run tied the game for Harvard.

With the score still tied in the bottom of the seventh, Melissa Schellberg reached on an error and advanced to second. After Margeaux Black pinch-ran for Schellberg, Caitlin Bowers punched a base hit through the left side, bringing home Black and giving the Crimson a victory in the first game.

Lupardus, who allowed just one earned run in the game, struck out a season-high 11 while scattering six hits. Still, she was tagged for her third loss of the season.

The freshman hurler took the mound again in the second game. Although she had pitched in both ends of a doubleheader several times already this season, Lupardus had yet to start both games in a day.

Harvard took a 2-0 lead in the second game with runs in the second and third, but the Quakers tied it up in the fifth. Freshman Bridget McDugall walked, and two batters later, freshman Alisha Prystowsky launched her first collegiate home run deep to left field.

The blast evened the score, but it would be all the Quakers could muster. Harvard put up four runs in the bottom of the fifth, chasing Lupardus from the game before junior tri-captain Emily Denstedt came in to pitch the final 1.2 innings, allowing just one hit and no runs over that span.

The Quakers are back in action on Wednesday. They return to Philadelphia but will not yet make their way back to Warren Field, as Wednesday's games are slated to take place at Temple. The doubleheader will begin at 3 p.m.