KISSIMMEE, FLA – One day after dominating both of its opponents in a doubleheader at the Rebel Spring Games on Monday in Kissimmee, Fla., the Penn softball team (3-6) found itself on the other end of the stick on Tuesday. The Quakers dropped their morning game to Loyola-Chicago (5-4) in a hard fought loss, 3-2, but were run-ruled in the afternoon game by South Dakota (12-8), 9-1.
WP: Ashley Rogers (3-1), 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, HBP, 5 K
S: Brittany Gardner (2), 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K
LP: Alexis Borden (1-4), 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 HBP, 5 K
The Quakers started off their game against Loyola with Borden hitting the leadoff batter. The sophomore would settle down though, as she pitched a no-hitter into the fourth. In Penn’s half of the first, the Red and Blue would load the bases with no outs and Brooke Coloma (1-for-3, 2 RBI) would come to the plate in the clean-up spot. The senior would hit a double to deep left center, inches away from going over the fence, and plate two runs. Penn would finish the inning ahead of the Rambles, 2-0.
Unfortunately, the Quakers would manage just three hits the rest of the game and Borden’s no-hit bid was broken up with two outs in the fourth inning. The Ramblers would reach first safely with a bloop single over the head of Penn first baseman Karina Rios (1-for-2) and follow that up with a two-run shot to left center, ending the shutout bid as well.
After Borden gave up a run and loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth, Amanda Gisonni (2 IP, 3 H) came on in relief. The freshman worked her way out of the jam courtesy of two fielder’s choice plays to home by third baseman Kayla Dalherbruch (1-for-3, BB) and a flyout to left fielder Sydney Turchin (2-for-4, R). Neither team would score another run, making the final 3-2 in favor of Loyola.
WP: Erica Denney (7-3), 5 IP, H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K
LP: Lindsay Mann (1-1), 3 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 K
The Red and Blue had little down time as they headed one field over to face South Dakota for their afternoon game. Things started out rough for Mann in the first, and didn’t get any better throughout. The senior hurler was shelled for three runs on five hits in the bottom of the first, giving up two home runs to deep left centerfield.
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the second, Korrine Raby (1-for-2, RBI, HR) brought Penn within two after her second career home run. That would be the Quakers’ only hit of the day though, as South Dakota’s Denney through a one-hitter in the five-inning contest.
Mann would settle down and pitch two scoreless innings in the second and third. The New Jersey native gave up a couple hits and a run with no outs in the top of the fourth, and was pulled in favor of Lauren Li (IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, K). The freshman finished off the side in order with a flyout, groundout and strikeout to leave the damage at one run.
The rookie from Los Angeles would get rocked in the fifth, though, giving up two more home runs. Gisonni would enter the game with no outs for her second relief appearance of the day. The freshman would get to two outs, but no further. The Coyotes’ first baseman would slap a single to centerfield, scoring two runs and ending the game via the eight-run rule in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Penn has the day off tomorrow, but will back in action on Thursday for a morning-afternoon doubleheader against Tennessee-Martin at the Rebel Games. Live stats for both games will be available HERE and you can follow @UPennSoftball for live in-game updates as well.