Pitching Lifts Softball to Two Wins

Sacred Heart Box Score

Holy Cross Box Score

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Pitching ruled the day on Tuesday as both of Penn's starters went the distance in their respective games. Mikenzie Voves picked up her third win of the season in Penn's 11-2 victory over Sacred Heart. This was the first start of the season for Voves, who picked up her other two wins in relief. In the second game, Cailyn Hennessy picked up her first victory of the season in Penn's 6-2 win over Holy Cross.

Penn 11 Sacred Heart 2

In the 9 a.m. game versus Sacred Heart Penn got it done both offensively and defensively. Offensively, the Quakers scored 11 runs on 15 hits. Defensively, the Quakers were solid behind Mikenzie Voves, who pitched a gem, going the distance allowing just two runs on seven hits and one walk. She also had two strikeouts on the afternoon.

Penn once again got the offense going early with three runs in the first. The inning starting off harmlessly with the first two batters being retired for Penn. Alisha Prystowsky got the two-out rally started with single up the middle and advanced to second on a passed ball. Consecutive walks by Brooke Coloma and Kelsey Wolfe loaded the bases. Sacred Heart's pitcher continued to have control problems, hitting Kayla Dahlerbruch and forcing in a run. A Jessica Melendez single brought home two more runs before the final out of the inning was recorded. Nothing materialized offensively for either team until the fourth inning.

The fourth inning started off very similar to the first for Penn, with the first two Quakers being retired to start the inning. That brought Prystowsky back to the plate and she promptly doubled to the right-center field fence. She came around to score on Coloma's single into left field, making the score 4-0 after three and a half innings.

Sacred Heart would close the gap in the bottom of the inning. After getting the bases loaded with one out following two singles and a walk, Sacred Heart's pinch-hitter grounded to third and Dahlerbruch was able to get the force out at the plate to keep the offense at bay for the time being. However, a second pinch-hitter singled in the only two runs that Voves would allow all game long. The rally ended with a line-smash off the bat of Sacred Heart's ninth-hitter, but went right into the glove of Dahlerbruch.

Penn would get nothing in the top half of the fifth. In the bottom half, Sacred Heart put two runners aboard with nobody out following a single and an error. Like she had done all game long, Voves settled down and forced a ground out to second and got two line drives to the right side of the infield which were taken by Samantha Erosa and Barbora Padzimkova.

Penn would widen its lead in the sixth inning. Stephanie Caso led off the inning with a single and Prystowsky was hit by a pitch to put two aboard. Coloma brought them both home with a triple. After a Kelsey Wolfe line drive went right into the glove of the shortstop, Dahlerbruch doubled home Coloma for the third run of the inning to make the score 7-2.

Sacred Heart went down in order in the bottom of the sixth and Penn would add four more runs in the final frame. After back-to-back singles by Elysse Gorney and Caso, Prystowsky doubled into left field, scoring Gorney. Coloma once again came through in the clutch with a two-RBI single. After her fifth RBI on the day, Coloma was taken out for pinch-runner Kristen Johnson. Johnson would be forced out at second on a fielder's choice by Wolfe. After a Penn strikeout, Melendez singled putting runners on the corners. Podzimkova got into the act with a single into left field to put the Quaker's 11th run on the board.

Voves returned for the seventh inning to finish what she had started. After a one-out double, she forced two groundouts to secure the complete game and her third victory in three days.

For the Penn offense, Coloma finished the game 3-4 with a walk, two runs and five RBI's. Prystowsky reached base every time up going 3-3 with two doubles, a walk, and a hit by pitch. She also scored four times and knocked in one run. Mendoza had a solid game in the seventh-spot, going 2-3 with two RBI's. Caso and Padzimkova also had two hits each for the Penn offense. Wolfe and Caso also scored twice in the first game.

Penn 6 Holy Cross 2

In the afternoon game, Penn played as the home team against Holy Cross. As the away team, the Crusaders manufactured a run in the top of the first with a lead-off single and a sacrifice bunt that moved the runner all the way to third. Holy Cross brought the run home with a sacrifice fly to right field to give them the early 1-0 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, Penn took advantage of some defensive lapses with timely hitting to put three on the board. Caso led off the inning with a single and Melendez put down a perfect sacrifice bunt, but reached base anyways on an error by the third baseman which also allowed Caso to move over to third. With runners on the corners, Melendez went for the steal of second and when Holy Cross tried to catch her stealing, Caso took off for home scoring Penn's first run of the game.

After an out, Coloma came up to bat and knocked a ball into left field stopping at first with a single that moved Melendez to third. A passed ball would then allow Melendez to score and Coloma to move into scoring position at second base. Dahlerbruch then reached on an error and Coloma was able to move over to third on the play. With runners on the corners, Penn stole second again, putting two in scoring position. Meg Krasne brought Coloma home with a sacrifice fly to the centerfielder for the last Penn run of the inning.

Neither side would score in the second, but Holy Cross would scratch across another run in the top of the third. After the lead-off hitter singled a stole second, Holy Cross scored on a single up the middle with the runner going on the pitch. Holy Cross successfully stole second base again to put another runner in scoring position. However, the aggressive base running would end up costing the Crusaders as the inning would come to an end when Holy Cross singled through the right side and the runner tried to score from second. Coloma came up throwing nailing the runner at the plate with her second outfield assist on the day.

Both sides were held scoreless in the bottom of the third and top of the fourth. The Quakers would extend their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Dahlerbruch singled and was pinch-run for with Laura Placentra. Placentra was moved over to second on Krasne's sacrifice bunt. Justine Payne singled and moved Placentra over to third. Respecting the pinch-runner's speed, Holy Cross threw to the plate allowing Payne to move over to second on the throw. Georgia Guttadauro would bring Placentra home with her ground ball to the right side of the infield, making the score 4-2 after four innings.

Hennessy would once again shut down the Crusaders in the fifth, before Penn tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the frame. Caso started off the inning reaching on an error by the third baseman and was moved over on the Melendez sacrifice. Prystowsky singled, moving Caso to third. With runners on first and third, Prystowsky stole second base, setting up Coloma's single which brought both runners home. These were RBI's six and seven for Coloma on the day.

From that point on, Hennessy closed the game by retiring the last six Holy Cross batters in order. For the game, she went seven innings, allowing eight hits and no walks. She also struck out three batters en route to the complete game victory.

Penn will now have a day of rest tomorrow and will be back in action on Thursday against Indiana State at 11 a.m. at Oren Brown field, which is the only field that the Quakers have not played on during the Rebel Spring Games. After the game with Indiana State, Penn will take on Wagner right after for a scheduled 1 p.m. start time.