Kissimmee, Fla. Sophomore Teresa Leyden tripled and drove in three runs to help the University of Pennsylvania softball team to an 8-3 victory over Holy Cross this morning at the Rebel Spring Games.
The Quakers (2-4) got on the board in the bottom of the first inning as sophomore Kaelin Ainley, who earned a lead-off walk, scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Christina Khosravi. The Red and Blue bats remained hot in the bottom of the second inning as Penn scored four runs on four hits. With two outs and the bases loaded, sophomore Teresa Leyden cleared the bases with a triple to right field to make the score, 4-0. Freshman Annie Kinsey followed with a single through the left side to score Leyden.
Holy Cross cut the deficit in the top of the fifth inning as Margaret Lally hit a three-run homerun to left field. But the Quakers got the runs back in the bottom of the inning taking advantage of two Crusaders’ errors. Leyden got the rally going by reaching on an error to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Khosravi singled home pinch runner Susan McIlvaine to give Penn a 6-3 lead. After junior Meghan Cowen reached on an error, sophomore Melissa Haffner drove her in with a single. Haffner would come around to score on a triple by sophomore Brandi King.
Leyden finished the day 1-for-4 with a three runs batted in and a run scored, while Haffner went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and with an RBI.
Freshman Ann Ferracane (2-1) went five innings allowing four hits and walking three while striking out six batters. Sophomore Lindsey Permar allowed one hit in two innings of scoreless relief.
The Red and Blue wraps up play at the Rebel Spring Games tomorrow, March 11, as it faces Indiana-Purdue (Fort Worth) at 10:40 a.m. followed by Wagner at 6 p.m.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant