Softball Takes Two from Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. - The Penn softball team picked up another two Ivy League wins Sunday, defeating Dartmouth 4-0 and 7-3 in a doubleheader played a day later than originally scheduled at Dartmouth.

The Quakers (18-8, 5-1) were led by freshman Alisha Prystowsky's two RBIs in the first game, as freshman Jessie Lupardus picked up her 14th victory of the season in a 4-0 shut out. In the second game, senior Christina Khosravi hit her seventh home run of the season and junior Anna Puglisi drove in two with her first collegiate home run as freshman Taylor Tieman picked up her first victory of the season as Penn won, 7-3.

Penn struck first in Game One, getting on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Alisha Prystowsky reached on an error by the second baseman, and after Khosravi walked, freshman Kelsey Wolfe beat out a bunt for a single, loading the bases. Tieman then plated Prystowsky when she reached on the Big Green's second error of the inning. The bases remained loaded with no one out, but a line out and two strike outs helped Dartmouth escape further damage.

In the sixth, Khosravi beat out an infield hit to open the inning. After she took second uncontested, Tieman drove her home with a double to center field.

With Lupardus again shutting down the opponent, a 2-0 lead seemed to be enough for the Quakers, but they were not satisfied. After freshman Bridget McDugall and senior Annie Kinsey singled to lead off the seventh, sophomore Keiko Uraguchi moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt.

Up stepped Prystowsky, who gave the Quakers a little breathing room with a single ripped up the middle, plating both McDugall and Kinsey.

That would prove to be more than enough for Lupardus, who added another chapter to her eye-opening freshman season with another complete game shutout. Allowing just three hits, Lupardus struck out nine in keeping the Big Green off the board.

Penn got off to another quick start in Game Two, scoring twice in the first. Kinsey singled to open the game, and the speedy Uraguchi forced a wild throw from the third baseman, allowing her to reach on an error as Kinsey moved up to second. Both runners advanced on an illegal pitch, and after Prystowsky walked to load the bases, Khosravi drew a free pass to bring home Kinsey. After Wolfe struck out, another free pass was issued, this time to Tieman, plating Uraguchi and giving Penn a 2-0 lead.

Leading off the third inning, Khosravi added to the Quakers' lead when she launched her seventh home run of the season deep over the left field fence, putting Penn up 3-0. Khosravi, who hita career-high six home runs last season, has now hit 18 in her Penn career, the most all-time for a Quaker player. Her home run on Sunday broke a tie with teammate Annie Kinsey, who has hit 17 in her career.

Khosravi is alsonow just three homers shy of Kinsey's single-season Penn record. Kinsey hit 10 last year, the first Quaker ever to crack double digit round trippers.

Dartmouth struck back, scoring three in the third inning. Junior Emily Denstedt, who started for Penn, was driven from the mound after giving up a double to lead off the fourth.

On came Tieman, who shut Darmouth down and allowed no further advancement from the Big Green runner, keeping the score tied.

In the fifth, the Quakers reclaimed the lead. Prystowsky led off with a double down the left field line and Khosravi followed by drawing a walk. After Wolfe put down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over, Tieman brought Prystowsky home with an RBI groundout.

Up stepped Puglisi, who had been known more for her speed than her power over her first two-plus seasons in a Quaker uniform. The left fielder had not dialed up a home run yet in her Penn career, but that all changed in the fifth when she got ahold of a pitch and sent it flying over the left field wall for her first collegiate home run. The blast put Penn up 6-3.

On came Lupardus to close things down. Although she allowed a lead off single in the fifth and followed that up by hitting the next batter, the freshman did not allow any Big Green runners to cross the plate, setting down the next three batters to end the inning.

Penn added an insurance run in the seventh. Prystowsky again got things started, walking and stealing second base. After Khosravi flew out, Prystowsky took off again, stealing third. It was the first steal of third for a Quaker all season.

Wolfe then popped out, but Prystowsky continued to hustle, taking off for home and scoring on a wild pitch.

The Big Green could not get a ball out of the infield in the seventh as Lupardus wrapped up her third save and the Quakers improved their record to 18-8.

Penn now travels on to Cambridge, Mass., where they will take on Harvard a day later than scheduled after rain forced the Dartmouth doubleheader to be moved to Sunday. The doubleheader will be a rematch of last year's Ivy League Championshpi Series participants, won by Harvard in two games.