Softball Takes Two From Delaware, 6-4, 5-4

Box Score - Game 1

Box Score - Game 2

PHILADELPHIA--The Penn softball team came back late in both games to take two wins in double-header action against Delaware, with 6-4 and 5-4 decisions Wednesday at Warren Field. The Red and Blue improved to 7-5 while Delaware fell to 4-9 on the season. It was the first time Penn has beat the Blue Hens under head coach Leslie King.

In the first game, the Blue Hens got an early start. Delaware took a 3-0 in the first and second inning before Penn could get their bats on the ball. In the bottom of the second, senior Melissa Haffner reached first on a fielder’s choice, was advanced by an error from the Blue Hen’s third baseman, and scored when senior Kaelin Ainley singled to right field.

In the bottom of the third, junior Annie Kinsey reached first on an error from the shortstop. Freshman Keiko Uraguchi’s single advanced her to second, and Reichert was walked to load the bases. Junior Christina Khosravi grounded out to the shortstop, but it was just enough to bring Kinsey home and cut the lead to 3-2. Brandi King singled to right field, and brought in Reichert two batters later, tying up the score at 3-3.

Delaware scored again in the top of the sixth, taking a 4-3 lead. But Penn’s offense wasn’t finished. Haffner singled to get on base, and sophomore Anna Puglisi was sent in as a pinch runner. Senior Susan McIlvaine advanced Puglisi with a sacrifice bunt. With a runner in scoring position, Ainley singled to left field, and then stole second base. With runners on second and third, Kinsey came up to bat. The junior hit a long ball deep to right field, bringing home both runners and earning herself a triple. Sophomore pitcher Emily Denstedt and tight defense from the Quakers kept the Blue Hens scoreless in the top of the seventh, and the game was over.

Denstedt pitched a complete game, allowing only four hits and one earned run. She improved to 4-2 as a starter so far this year, with a 2.20 ERA. Offensively, Annie Kinsey led the Quakers, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Ainley was right behind her, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Uraguchi went 2-for-4, and Reichert went 1-for-3 with one run scored and an RBI. King went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Haffner went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

In the second game, the Quakers came back from a deficit yet again, to bring home another win. In the third inning, senior catcher Kaelin Ainley homered to center field to put the Red and Blue on the board. But in the top of the fourth, Delaware hit back-to-back home runs to go up 2-1. And in the top of the fifth, a triple brought in two more runs for the Blue Hens, giving them a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the inning. Senior Teresa Leyden was the first batter up for Penn, and walked to get on base, at which point Puglisi came in to pinch run. She was advanced by Kinsey’s single up the middle, and a bunt single by Uraguchi. With the bases loaded, senior Stephanie Reichert grounded out to the shortstop, but brought Puglisi home for the RBI, closing the lead to 4-3.

The bottom of the sixth was when Penn made it happen. Senior Julia Cheney doubled to get the offense going. Senior Brandi King was up next, and hit a home run, bringing Cheney home and scoring the tying run. After a pitching change by Delaware, senior Melissa Haffner came up to the plate and hit a game-winning home run of her own.

Strong pitching by senior Erin Boyle in the top of the seventh clinched the victory for Penn. Boyle pitched two scoreless innings to win the game for the Quakers, allowing only three hits from the mound. Offensively, King was 1-for-2 with one run scored and two RBI, while Haffner was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Ainley was 1-for1 with a run scored and an RBI. Other strong performances came from Kinsey, who went 3-for-4, and Cheney, who was 1-for-2.

Up next, the Quakers will look to continue their three-game winning streak, as they host cross-city rival Saint Joseph’s, this Saturday at noon on Warren Field.

Download: UDel 1 Box Score.pdf