CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The University of Pennsylvania softball team faced two northern opponents on Thursday in the USF Under Armour Showcase, falling in both contests by two runs. The Quakers dropped their first contest with Butler, 3-1, and then fell to Maine, 2-0, right after. Scoring the lone run for Penn was freshman Leah Allen, who recorded her third home run of the season. The Red and Blue will head into the last game of their spring break trip against the Netherlands with a 4-7 record.
Game 1 – Butler (5-12)
WP: Kristin Gutierrez (2-5), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
LP: Alexis Borden (2-4), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
It was another tough fight for the Quakers, dropping a close game by two to Butler after falling by one in a tight contest the previous night to host USF. The numbers alone prove that it was a fairly even match up, as the Red and Blue recorded 24 at bats and four hits, while the Bull Dogs notched 24 at bats and five hits.
Butler was first to score, putting up one in the top of the second and tacked on an additional two in the top of the fourth, leading Penn 3-0. It wasn’t until the bottom of the seventh when the Quakers would earn their lone run.
Due up for the Red and Blue was freshman Leah Allen, who blasted a solo home run out to right center. It was the third day in a row Allen recorded a home run, all of which came against a Big East school – a solo shot against Seton Hall and a grand slam against Providence. However, the Bull Dogs were unfazed and captured the 3-1 victory.
Game 2 – Maine (6-5)
WP: Alexis Bogdanovich (2-1), 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
LP: Alexis Sargent (2-1), 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Penn returned to the field right after, this time as the away team, and prepared for its second game of the day against Maine.
It was a similar story, as both teams still had zero at the end of the third inning. The Black Bears logged two hits, while the Quakers had one.
Maine earned a run in the next inning on a solo home run to center field by Jessica Burk and would score a second run in the sixth on a wild pitch.
The Red and Blue were quickly at two outs after Allen pop up to third base and Alexis Sargent flied out to right field. Down to their last chance, Korinne Raby kept Penn alive with a single up the middle. Sydney Kranzmann came in to pinch run for Raby but didn’t make it far after Lauren Li grounded out to second, ending the game.
The Quakers close out their spring break trip to Florida tomorrow against the Netherlands at 10 a.m.