Penn 8, Princeton 5 (game 1)
Penn 11, Princeton 7 (game 2)
PRINCETON, N.J. - With an explosion of the bats, the Penn softball team captured two wins from Ivy League rival Princeton Friday afternoon. The Quakers won the first game 8-5 and the second 11-7, improving to 15-20 on the year and 9-5 in Ivy play.
Freshman Stephanie Caso led the Red and Blue at the plate going 6-for-9, including four hits in game one, while sophomore Justine Payne and freshman Brooke Coloma both homered twice in the sweep.
In game one, Penn bounded out to an early 4-0 lead after two frames. They recorded an unearned run in the first on Coloma's single that scored senior Keiko Uraguchi, and three in the second on run-scoring singles from Uraguchi and junior Alisha Prystowsky.
The Tigers reciprocated with an unearned run in the third and two runs in the fourth on a leadoff homer by Kelsey Quist. They added two more with two outs as starter on a series of walks and wild pitches that advanced runners in position for Abbott to single one home.
From there, the Quakers stretched their lead to 7-3 in the sixth, plating one in the fifth off Payne's solo shot, and two in the sixth, while Princeton played small ball to tack on one more in the bottom of the frame.
The teams traded unearned runs in the seventh, to preserve the win for Chelsea Ott (5-6), as she scattered 11 hits, five runs (three earned), three walks, and striking out three in the complete game. Princeton's L Kuhn took the loss.
Five Quakers recorded multi-hit games as the team combined for 14 hits and six RBI.
In the nightcap, Penn never lost the lead, despite Princeton's scores in all of the middle innings. The Red and Blue tallied one in the second, two in the third, and four in the fourth, including two home runs - Payne's second of the day and Coloma's fifth of the year.
Penn added four more in the sixth, highlighted by another Coloma dinger and an RBI single for senior Susan Miller and double for Payne.
Junior Taylor Tieman (7-5) earned the win, throwing the complete game. She allowed 11 hits, seven runs (six earned), a walk, and struck out one.
Penn and Princeton are back on Class of 1895 Field tomorrow for another doubleheader starting at 12:30 p.m.