ORLANDO, FLA. – The Penn softball team (1-4) finished up its first tournament of the season on Sunday afternoon, falling to Connecticut (8-6), 5-1, in the final game of the UCF Spring Fling in Orlando, Fla. The Quakers finished 1-4 overall, and were led by senior second baseman Samantha Erosa. The quad-captain hit .467, going 7-for-15 with two RBIs, two walks and one double, earning herself a spot on the All-Tournament team.
WP: Kiki Saveriano (6-1), 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 6 K
LP: Alexis Borden (0-3), 6 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K
Penn led off the game as the visiting team and Erosa got to work quickly, reaching base safely on a single down the right field line. The hit extended the senior’s hitting streak to five games. The Red and Blue were unable to get any runs across in the first.
Borden started for the Quakers and threw her third complete game of the season in as many outings. She cruised through the first inning with two pop-ups and a ground out but ran into trouble in the second, giving up one run on two hits and a wild pitch.
The sophomore pitcher bounced back in the third, giving up two hits but holding the Huskies scoreless – she was helped out by a highlight catch in foul territory over Penn’s dugout fence by first baseman Georgia Guttadauro (1-for-3). The fourth inning was another tough one for Borden as Connecticut scored another run on two hits. Additionally, another Quaker made an outstanding catch in foul territory – this time it was shortstop Karina Rios (1-for-3, R) along the third base line by the home bullpen.
Penn finally got on the board in the top of the fifth as Rios scored in a bases loaded situation via a UConn passed ball. Unfortunately, the Quakers were unable to get any more offense out of what was their best opportunity of the game.
The Huskies put up three more runs against Borden in the bottom half of the sixth on four hits and a throwing error. Trailing 5-1, Penn had one more chance to extend the game as the pinch-hitter, Korinne Raby, reached on an error by the shortstop to lead off in her only at-bat of the game. The Quakers were unable to score, though, falling to Connecticut in the final game of the tournament.
The Red and Blue will be back in action tomorrow at 9 a.m. for their opener of the Rebel Spring Games against Holy Cross. Live stats will be available HERE and follow @UPennSoftball for in-game updates as well.