University of Delaware Softball Holds Off Penn For 5-3 Non-Conference Win Over Quakers
PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Delaware softball team jumped out to a four-run lead while sophomore Kelly Lupton pitched the final two scoreless innings as the Blue Hens posted a 5-3 non-league victory over Penn Thursday night at Penn Park.
Delaware (9-15) opened the scoring during the top of the first inning, as Danielle Wissinger ripped a one-out double to centerfield and came around to score when Giovanna Kolofer reached on a Quakers error.
Jessica Grisler singled with one out in the third, and after Wissinger was hit by a pitch and both runners advanced on a passed ball, Kolofer delivered a two-run single to right. Kolofer then moved to second on a single by Sarah Bencivenga, and she scored following a double steal and an errant throw by Penn catcher Korinne Raby.
The Quakers (4-11) struck back during the bottom of the frame when Kanani Datan and Kayla Dahlerbruch each singled before Alexis Sargent blasted a three-run homer to rightcenter to cut the Blue Hens’ advantage to 4-3.
Delaware tacked on an insurance run in the fifth when Grisler drilled a leadoff homer to center, her team-leading third longball of the season.
The Quakers put the potential tying runs on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but UD starter Carolyn Szymanski retired Lauren Li on a lineout to third to escape the jam. Lupton then retired all six batters she faced in the final two frames, including the first four by strikeout, to earn her first save of the year.
Szymanski improved to 5-8 after she allowed three runs on five hits while striking out six batters. Penn starter Courtney Cuzick dropped to 0-3 after giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits in four innings of work.
Grisler finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored for the Blue Hens, while Kolofer also went 3 for 4 with three runs batted in.
Delaware returns to Colonial Athletic Association action this weekend with a three-game series at UNCW.