Softball Advances to Championship of Spring Invite

Penn 9, Rider 1 (5 Innings) Box Score

Penn 6, Army 3 Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - Softball advanced to the championship game of the Penn Spring Invitational with a pair of victories Saturday. The Quakers (13-11) opened up the game with an offensive outburst against Rider (7-17-1), scoring in every inning and winning in the run-rule shortened game that lasted just five innings. In the second game, the Quakers completed a perfect 3-0 mark in pool play with a 6-3 win over Army. The Black Knights (13-11) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but Penn scored six unanswered in the victory.

Penn 9, Rider 1 (5 Innings)

With both teams riding the momentum of wins Friday evening, it was Rider that jumped out to the early lead with a run in the first. A leadoff single was moved into scoring position and came around to score on another single up the middle. Penn's starter, Mikenzie Voves, would then shut down the Broncs by striking out the next two hitters.

The Quakers would answer right back with two in their half of the first. Elysse Gorney bunted for a single with one out. An infield single by Kayla Dahlerbruch put runners on first and second. After the runners moved up one base, Brooke Coloma would bring the first run home on another infield hit. A RBI groundout by Guttadauro would then give Penn the early 2-1 lead.

The Broncs would get two runners on base via errors in the second, but Voves would close the door on the inning before either could score. In the bottom of the second, Penn stretched its lead when Stephanie Caso drew a two-out walk. She then came around to score on a double into left center by Sydney Turchin, giving Penn a 3-1 lead. Voves would get the Broncs' side in order in the third for the first time all game. Penn would then break it open in the bottom of the third.

Dahlerbruch and Coloma both walked to start the inning. They would be brought around on a home run over the right field fence by Georgia Guttadauro, her first of the season. Jessica Melendez would then make it back-to-back home runs with her second in as many games. This gave Penn a 7-1 lead after three full innings.

In the fourth, Voves appeared to have the side retired in order, but a wild pitch on the third strike with two outs would allow the runner to reach. She would then get a fly out to right to officially get out of the inning. Penn scored two more in the fourth. Dahlerbruch was hit-by-pitch with one out. After the second out, Karina Rios doubled into right center, putting runners on second and third. They would both score on Kristen Johnson's two-RBI single back through the middle, stretching Penn's lead to 9-1.

One Broncs hitter would reach via another error on infield in the fifth, however, Voves would get the other three hitters in the inning to finish up the game with Penn leading by eight.

Voves pitched her fifth straight complete game to pick up her third win of the season. She allowed just one hit and the one earned run while striking out four in five innings. In the first game, Penn finished with eight hits and four walks, and left just three runners on base the whole game.

Penn 6, Army 3

In the second game, Penn once again allowed runs in the first inning as the Black Knights jumped up 3-0 in their first at-bats. After two singles and an error loaded the bases with one out, Army singled into center to bring home the first run. A RBI groundout would bring home the second run, but was also the second out. An infield single brought home the third run of the inning. Just one of the runs were earned in the inning.

Penn bounced back in the bottom of the second. Turchin reached on an error to start the inning. Samantha Erosa and Dahlerbruch then walked to load the bases with nobody out. Coloma would bring home the first run with a sacrifice. Melendez then grounded out, but was credited with another RBI as the second run of the inning came home.

Army would put two more runners on with singles in the second, but Penn starter Alexis Borden would escape that inning with no runs crossing the plate. Penn evened the score in the second. Turchin drew a one-out walk. She was bunted into scoring position with two-outs by Erosa. After the second out, a defensive miscue would allow Turchin to score the game-tying run, making the score 3-3 after two full innings.

Borden would really start to settle into her groove in the third and fourth innings as she allowed just one single in each to keep the Black Knights' offense at bay. However, Morgan Lashley would counter by retiring Penn in order in the third inning.

The Quakers would jump out in front in the bottom of the fourth. After an out to start the inning, Turchin, Erosa and Dahlerbruch all walked to load the bases. With the bases loaded, two more walks to Coloma and Guttadauro brought home two runs, giving Penn a 5-3 lead after four. Borden then worked around a leadoff double in the fifth to keep the score at 5-3.

Penn added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. Jessica Arneson singled and was pinch-run for by Laura Placentra. Rios singled to put runners on first and second. Following a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners, Penn executed the double steal as Placentra stole home for Penn's sixth run of the afternoon game.

From there, Borden would just take over, allowing one hit over the final two innings, including setting down the side in order in the seventh. She has now thrown a complete game in each of her last eight starts. She did not allow a run over the final six innings to pick up her eighth win of the year.

For the day, nine different players recorded hits for Penn. Only Rios finished the day with two hits. Ten different players scored runs, led by Turchin with three, while Guttadauro finished the day with five RBI's.

With a 3-0 record in pool play, Penn advanced the championship game tomorrow at 2:15 p.m. against Villanova. Each squad finished with 1-2 records after splitting with each other over the weekend. Villanova advanced on run differential. Rider and Army will play against each other tomorrow at noon.