KISSIMMEE, FLA. – The Penn softball team (3-8) dropped a doubleheader to Tennessee-Martin (13-6) on Thursday afternoon at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. Alexis Borden through a one-hitter in the early game, striking out 11 batters over eight innings, but the Quakers would fall in extras, 1-0. Penn would take a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth during the second game, but was unable to hold on, falling 5-2.
WP: Kenzi Tate (7-1), 8 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 8 K
LP: Alexis Borden (1-5), 8 IP, H, BB, 11 K
Neither pitcher allowed an earned run in the first half of the doubleheader, as the only run scored would come on a fielder’s choice in the top of the eighth inning for Tennessee-Martin. Borden had the second-best outing of her career as a Quaker – she threw a perfect game last season against Cornell to win the Ivy League South Division title – as the sophomore struck out 11 batters over eight innings of work. She allowed just one hit, a bunt single in the top of the fourth inning, and was flawless from then on in her fifth complete game of the season.
The only run that scored came with a runner already in scoring position in the top of the eighth inning. According to the international extra innings rule, a runner is placed at second base to start the first extra inning. Additionally, if a runner placed on base without having actually reached safely (hit, walk, etc.) scores a run, the opposing team is charged with the run, but not the pitcher.
Unfortunately for Borden, Penn was unable to produce on offense when it counted – with runners on base – and totaled 12 runners left on base at the end of the game. Despite that, a few Quakers did have solid days at the plate. Brooke Coloma and Stephanie Caso each went 2-for-4 and Kanani Datan went 2-for-2 with a walk.
WP: Casey Vincent (5-3), 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K
LP: Amanda Gisonni (0-2) 2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, K
Things began quietly in the second half of the doubleheader, as neither team scored until the bottom of the third, when the Skyhawks got one across on two hits. That would be the only run Lauren Li (3 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 K) would allow in her three innings of work in the start. She would be replaced by Gisonni who allowed one hit and no runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Penn would then score two in the top of the fifth, getting Li off the hook for the loss. Korrine Raby (0-for-2, BB, R, K) would walk to lead off the inning, and then Jessica Melendez (0-for-2, K) would drop down a sacrifice bunt to advance Raby into scoring position. Karina Rios (1-for-3, R) would reach on an error by the Skyhawk pitcher, advancing Raby to third. After Rios stole second, Li (1-for-3, RBI) would hit a single through the left side to bring Raby home. Caso (0-for-2, RBI) would reach on fielder’s choice in the next at-bat, scoring Rios.
That would be the extent of Penn’s offense on the day though, as Gisonni would be charged with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. The freshman would load the bases, giving up two runs, and would be relieved by Lindsay Mann (IP, 2 H). The senior would allow two more runs to score – both charged to Gisonni – and Penn would enter the top of the seventh needing three runs to extend the game. Rios would reach after a one-out single, but the threat would stop there as 5-2 would be the final score.
Penn will finish up its stay in Florida tomorrow with another doubleheader. The Quakers will play a South Dakota in the early game at 11 a.m., and follow that up with a matchup against Akron. The Coyotes defeated the Red and Blue, 9-1, in their first meeting on Tuesday. Live stats for both games will be available HERE and you can also follow @UPennSoftball for in-game updates.