ORLANDO, Fla. – It was a day to celebrate for the University of Pennsylvania softball team, which clobbered Colgate, 11-1, Sunday afternoon to end the first portion of the spring break trip to Florida. Along with the first victory of the season, Lauren Li crushed the first homerun of 2014, while the win over the Red Raiders was even sweeter for starting pitcher Alexis Borden, as she saw her birthday wish come true. The Red and Blue end the UCF Spring Fling with a 1-4 record.
Game – Colgate (1-9)
WP: Alexis Borden (1-2), 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
LP: Brigit Ieuter (1-5), 1.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
One of the goals Penn set before the game was to score in the first inning, and that’s just what happened.
The Quakers kick started the game when lead off Sydney Turchin singled up the middle. Even though Turchin was then caught stealing, Elysse Gorney soon occupied first base after being walked. Batting third was Kayla Dahlerbruch, whose groundout resulted in Gorney advancing to second. Gorney put up the first point for the Red and Blue off of a single by Leah Allen, who took over second base on a throw. Penn didn’t stop there as Korinne Raby tallied a third single which allowed Allen to score a second run. A pop up by Alexis Sargent ended the top of the first but the momentum was in the Quakers’ favor.
The defense went straight to work, seeing the first batter ground out and the second line out. Borden finished out the bottom with a strikeout.
Since the start of this year’s softball season, 50 games or so have been played at the UCF Softball Complex. Within those games, approximately 10 homeruns were hit. And after a few close ones previously for the Red and Blue, they finally made it happen.
On the first pitch, Lauren Li hit a bomber over the left field fence and put Penn up 3-0, just like that. Next up was Kristen Johnson, who made it to first base on a fielding error and then second on a sacrifice bunt by Sydney Kranzmann. For a second time, Turchin singled up the middle and allowed Johnson to reach third. Turchin and Johnson didn’t stay still for long as Gorney doubled to center field driving in Johnson, while Turchin advanced to third. Colgate went to the bullpen, replacing Brigit Ieuter with Megan Carnase and the Red Raiders didn’t allow the Quakers to score any more that inning.
Damage was done and the Red and Blue held Colgate to only one run, in the bottom of the fourth.
With the top of the order due up in the sixth, Penn was ready to unleash as they went on to score seven runs, which ultimately ended the game. The Quakers went through the entire lineup and recorded six hits. With the score at 11-1, the Red Raiders could not respond to the dominant performance by the Red and Blue.
Penn will travel to Tampa on Monday in preparation for the first game of the USF Under Armour Showcase on Tuesday, when the Quakers will take on Seton Hall at 11 a.m.