FAIRFAX, Va. In its third game of the season Penn softball downed George Mason University, 6-1, to capture its first win of the 2009 season. The Quakers found their offense early, as their two runs in the first were enough for the win, but added four through the six more innings to extend the margin. Jesse Lupardus (1-0) pitched a complete game for the Quakers to earn the win, while Mason’s Brianne Pease (1-3) took the loss after a complete-game outing. Alisha Prystowsky paced the Quakers with a 4-4 game, with three runs scored and a home run.
Despite the Patriots being the tournament-host, the Quakers served as the home team for the game. GMU got their first batter on base, but left her stranded, as Lupardus took care of one batter and the infield dismissed the rest. Penn has a much more productive first inning as they too got their first batter on base, Alisha Prystowsky, but made use of her as Keiko Uraguchi bunted her two second. Urgauchi’s quick feet beat the throw and put runners on first and second. Prystowsky then scored when Jamie Boccanfuso singled to left, followed by Urgauchi scoring Penn’s second and game-winning run.
The Quakers added two more runs in the second inning when Boccanfuso drove home Prystowsky and Uraguchi when she singled through the right side.
Mason answered in the third with an RBI single from Alyssa See to make it 4-1. That would end the Patriot scoring in the game though, as Penn tacked on a run in the fourth and sixth innings. Jesse Lupardus (1-0) pitched a complete game for the Quakers to earn the win, while Mason’s Brianne Pease (1-3) took the loss after a complete-game outing.
Penn’s fourth inning run was a home run by lead-off hitter, Prystowsky her first home run of the season. Cailyn Hennessy touched the plate for the Quakers final run. She got on base following an error by the first base and from there her teammates moved her around the bases and home.
Penn is back on the diamond on Sunday for its last game of the weekend. The Quakers will play ivy-south foe Cornell at 12:15 p.m. The match will not count toward the Ivy schedule.