Game 1: Box Score
Game 2: Box Score
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,
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