Softball Team Improves to 3-1, With Wins Over Indiana-Purdue, Valparaiso

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

ORLANDO – Penn’s offense was the big story today in Florida, as the Quakers scored 23 runs, including three home runs by three different players.

In their first game, Penn took on Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, and won, 14-9. The Quakers had a 13-1 lead early in the game, but couldn’t keep control, as IPFW scored eight runs to cut the lead.

Penn got off to a quick start in the first inning. The first run came when junior Christina Khosravi hit a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing home freshman Keiko Uraguchi, to take a 1-0 lead. Senior Stephanie Reichert scored on a throwing error, to take a 2-0 lead. Senior Brandi King widened the gap when she hit her second home run in as many days, bringing home Julia Cheney, and giving Penn a 4-0 lead.

In the second inning, senior Susan McIlvaine singled to left center to get on base. Junior Annie Kinsey came up next, and hit a double to left center, which was enough to bring in McIlvaine, and increase the lead to 5-0. Reichert came up and reached on a throwing error, but it was just enough to bring Kinsey in, and end the top of the second inning with a 6-0 lead. IPFW scored in the bottom of the inning on four walks, to make the score 6-1 going into the third inning.

Senior catcher Kaelin Ainley brought in the first run for Penn in the third inning. The bases were loaded, and Ainley reached first on a fielder’s choice, brining home King. Kinsey was up next, and doubled to left center with the bases loaded, bringing in Melissa Haffner, McIlvane, and Ainley, to make the score 10-1.

In the fourth inning, senior Julia Cheney had her first home run of the season, to make the score 11-1. The next three Penn batters walked and reached on an error, loading the bases for Ainley. She doubled to right center, bringing in Brandi King and Anna Puglisi, who was pinch hitting for Haffner. Going into the bottom of the fourth, Penn had a 13-1 lead, but it wouldn’t stay that way for long. In the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, IPFW scored eight runs, to close the lead to 13-9. In the top of the seventh, Reichert tripled down the right field line to bring in Kinsey, and widen the final lead to 14-9.

Against IPFW, Kinsey went 4-for-4, with four RBI, while McIlvaine went 2-for-4. Reichert went 2-for-5, with 2 RBI, and Ainley went 1-for-4 with three RBI. Sophomore Emily Denstedt was the winning pitcher, as she pitched 4.2 innings, allowing only three hits and one run.

After a two hour break, the Quaker faced off against Valparaiso at 5 p.m. The two teams were scoreless in the first inning, before Penn’s bats came alive again in the second. Senior Melissa Haffner got it started for the Quakers, as she singled up the middle to get on base. Susan McIlvane had a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner, and Annie Kinsey singled to right field to bring Haffner home, and give Penn the 1-0 lead. Freshman Keiko Uraguchi then singled to get on base. Senior Stephanie Reichert was up next, and made it count, as she homered, brining in Uraguchi and Kinsey, and giving Penn a 4-0 lead. Senior pitcher Olivia Mauro held Valpo scoreless in the bottom of the third giving Penn a chance to extend their lead, but the Quakers couldn’t make it happen. In the bottom of the third, Valparaiso scored their only run of the game, cutting the lead to 4-1.

In the fifth inning, Reichert, Khosravi and King all singled to load the bases. Haffner had a sac bunt to score Reichert, and McIlvaine singled to bring in Khosravi, giving Penn a 6-1 lead at the bottom of the fifth. In the sixth inning, Reichert had another hit, this time a single, to bring in Kaelin Ainley, and give the Quakers a 7-1 lead. Annie Kinsey scored next, when Valpo’s pitcher walked Brandi King with the bases loaded. Haffner reached on an error, and Uraguchi scored to give Penn the 9-1 win. Kinsey was 3-for-4 against Valparaiso, with one RBI, while Uraguchi went 2-for-3. Khosravi went 2-for-3, while Haffner was 1-for-3 with two RBI, and McIlvaine was 1-for-2 with one RBI. But senior Stephanie Reichert was Penn’s offensive star, as she went 3-for-4, with four RBIs. Mauro, the starting pitcher, pitched 4.1 innings, allowing only six hits and one run, to get the win, her first of the year. Senior Erin Boyle came in to pitch for 1.2 innings, and allowed only one hit in her time on the mound.

Up next, the Quakers will take on Holy Cross and Maine, Wednesday, March 7, at 1 and 3 p.m.

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