Softball Takes Two From La Salle

Penn 9, La Salle 6 (Game 1)

Penn 6, La Salle 4 (Game 2)

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn softball team is back on track with a sweep over La Salle, Wednesday at Warren Field. The Quakers won 9-6 in game one and 6-4 in the nightcap, improving to 5-12 on the season as the Explorers dropped to 7-11.

Freshman Brooke Coloma went 4-for-7 on the day, including three runs batted-in and two runs scored. Junior Alisha Prystowsky went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored in the second game in addition to her first home run of the season in game one.

Prystowsky got Penn on the board quickly, belting one over the left field wall on her first pitch of the day to put Penn up 2-1 in the first.

La Salle answered back in the third, scoring three on a string of hits off starter Cailyn Hennessy, but Penn regained the lead in the bottom frame with a huge six-run rally. Batting around the order, the Quakers took advantage of the Explorer's pitching staff's three walks, two hit batters, and a wild pitch, which were sandwiched between Coloma's RBI double at the beginning of the inning and RBI single at the end, putting Penn up 8-3.

La Salle got three back in the fifth, but Penn added one more in the bottom half off freshman Stephanie Caso's triple that scored classmate Sam Erosa.

Hennessy (2-5) earned the win throwing the complete game, allowing 11 hits, six runs, two earned, while striking out three. The Explorer's Laura Beth McCreesh took the loss, hurling the first two innings before DJ Guinn came in relief for the remainder of the game.

Down two heading into the fifth inning of the nightcap, Penn took the lead for good with four runs off a leadoff single by junior Bridget McDugall, a triple by senior Keiko Uraguchi, a single by Brooke Coloma that turned into extra bases on a misplay in the outfield, and an RBI single for sophomore Justine Payne.

The Quakers and La Salle traded runs in the sixth and seventh innings, each adding two.

Junior Taylor Tieman (1-1) earned her first win of the season, pitching the full seven innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, while striking out four. La Salle's Kristen Paoletti (1-3) took the loss.

Penn opens Ivy League play this weekend, hosting Brown Friday for a doubleheader that starts at 2 p.m. The Quakers play two against Yale Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Warren Field.