Offensive Outburst Carries Softball to a Pair of Victories

Robert Morris Box Score

University of Detroit Box Score

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Penn Softball certainly brought its bats to the field on Monday as the team pounded out 21 runs and 29 hits in victories over Robert Morris and the University of Detroit. In the 9 a.m. game against Robert Morris, Penn racked up 14 runs to outscore the Colonials, 14-8. In the second game, Penn's offense put eight runs on the board, while the defense and pitching came through in the clutch situations to secure the 7-4 victory.

Penn 14 Robert Morris 8

In the first game of the day against Robert Morris, Penn got the offense going early with four runs before the Colonials even came to the plate. Elysse Gorney led off the game with a double down the left field line and was moved over to third when Stephanie Caso grounded out to second. Alisha Prystowsky drew a one-out walk and stole second putting two runners in scoring position for Brooke Coloma. Coloma singled into left, bringing home Gorney and setting up first and third again. With runners on the corners, Coloma stole second base to put another runner in scoring position. The stolen base would not really be a factor as Kelsey Wolfe launched a ball over the right-centerfield wall to put Penn up 4-0.

Robert Morris would answer with two of its own in the bottom of the first, but the Quakers offense would continue its scoring barrage in the second and third. Jessica Melendez led off the second inning with a double down the left field line. She was moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Samantha Erosa and brought home on an RBI groundout to second by Gorney.

In Penn's half of the third, Prystowsky started the inning off with a single and scored on a Coloma double. With Coloma on second, Wolfe took the Robert Morris offering over the left-center field fence for her second home run of the day.

In the bottom of third, a key defensive lapse by Penn allowed two more Colonial's runs to come to the plate, bringing the score to 8-4. In its half of the fourth inning, Robert Morris put three more on the board. The inning began off with a walk. Turning the lineup card over, the Titan's lead-off hitter knocked the Penn pitch over the centerfield wall to plate two. After the home run, Mikenzie Voves came into the game in relief for the second time in as many days. She allowed a triple, which eventually came around to score following a single, but got out of the inning with a fly out to left.

Neither side scored in the fifth. In the sixth inning, pinch-hitter Kristen Johnson led off with a double and scored on Gorney's RBI single. Gorney advanced to second on the throw to the plate and a sacrifice bunt put her on third. She then scored when Prystowsky singled. Prystowsky eventually came around to score on a passed ball to make the score 11-7 after five and a half. Robert Morris led off the bottom of the inning with a double, but Penn would strand the runner on base as Voves did not let a ball leave the infield the rest of the inning.

In the seventh, Georgia Guttadauro walked and was pinch-ran for with Justine Payne. With two out, an infield single kept the inning alive and Caso brought home a run with a line smash off of the firstbaseman's glove. Prystowsky would tack on the final two runs of the game for Penn with her single up the middle to end her day with three RBI's.

Robert Morris would score once in its last at-bat, but would not get any closer as Penn held on to win 14-8. Voves picked up the victory in relief, her second in as many appearances.

Penn 7 Detroit 4

In the second game against the University of Detroit, Penn shut down the Titans in the first and got the early lead with Caso's first home run of the season. Tory Satagaj, who got the start for Penn, was nearly flawless for the first three innings, allowing just one single to preserve the one-run lead over that span.

In the bottom of the third, Penn added another run to the scoreboard. Gorney led off the inning with a triple over the right fielder's head and came around to score on a Prystowsky RBI single.

Detroit momentarily took the lead in the fourth with three runs. After a walk and an error, an RBI single brought home the first run of the inning for the Titans. After another walk loaded the bases, Taylor Tieman was brought out of the bullpen, but allowed a two-run single to her first hitter. After issuing a walk to reload the bases, Tieman settled down and got the strikeout to get Penn out of the inning and avoid any further damage.

In the bottom half of the fourth, Penn knotted the score at three. Kayla Dahlerbruch started the inning with a double. Justine Payne then laid down the bunt and was safe at first when nobody covered the bag. Dahlerbruch moved over to third on the play, setting up Payne's steal of second. After a strikeout, Penn grounded into a force-out at the plate to put runners on first and third with two down. Bridget Ellsworth, on first, attempted a steal of second and the Titans tried to nab the runner with two outs, but the throw went into centerfield allowing Payne to score.

Penn got a shutdown inning in the top of the fifth and went back to work in its half. Caso singled to lead off the inning and Prystowsky followed her with a double to put both runners in scoring position. Johnson made it three hits in a row for Penn with her RBI single. She then advanced to second on the throw to the plate to put runners on second and third with nobody down; however, after two fly outs that were not deep enough to tag up on, Prystowsky and Johnson were still standing on second and third. Just when Detroit could see itself getting out of the inning with minimal damage, Payne delivered a three-run home run to extend Penn's lead to 7-3.

The Titans would put up one more run in the top half of the sixth, but Tieman would finish the game strong to pick up her first victory of the season.

Penn will now have two more morning games tomorrow before it gets a day of rest on Wednesday. Both games will be held at the Osceola Softball Complex, which was the same field Penn played on today. The team will start off the day with a 9 a.m. meeting with Sacred Heart. The Quakers will then have a little break before returning to action at 1 p.m. against Holy Cross.