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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.