Softball Crushes Orange in Comeback Fashion, 10-8

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – With the top of the order due at the plate to begin the bottom of the sixth, the University of Pennsylvania softball team was down 8-5 to Syracuse at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in a single game on Wednesday afternoon. Three straight hits propelled the Quakers to score five runs in the home half and defeat the Orange, 10-8. It is just the second time in school history that the Red and Blue have beaten Syracuse and is the first time beating a current ACC member.

Game 9 – Syracuse (9-12)
WP: Mason Spichiger (1-0), 4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

LP: Jocelyn Cater (6-8), 0.0 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Save: Alexis Borden (1), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

After Syracuse took a 3-0 in the top of the first, the Quakers kept up with the pace after sophomore Alexis Sargent blasted the first home run of the season with two runners on. However, the Orange kept on swinging, scoring five runs in the top of the second to take an 8-3 lead. For the final out of the inning, freshman Mason Spichiger took over in the circle and then held the Orange at bay from scoring any more the rest of the game.

The first home run of the season! Sargent tied the game with Syracuse at 3-3 with her bomb in the bottom of the second. 💣💣 The Quakers then went on to beat the Orange, 10-8!

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In the home half of the second, a walk to junior captain Lauren Li with bases loaded cut the deficit to 8-4, and the Quakers added another run in the fourth off an error by Syracuse’s second baseman.

But, the bottom of the sixth is when the Red and Blue really let it rip, beginning the inning off with three consecutive hits from senior captain Sydney Turchin, junior Kanani Datan, and Li to load the bases with no outs. A double from sophomore Leah Allen brought in two runs, and Sargent followed it up with a single that knocked in the tying and winning runs. A final hit from senior captain Vanessa Weaver brought one more run across home plate safely for a 10-8 lead. Penn’s six hits in the inning propelled the Quakers to 13 total hits, the most recorded in a game this season.

Senior Alexis Borden then closed out the game, earning her first save of the season, while Spichiger was credited with her first collegiate win.

The Red and Blue will return to action on Thursday with a doubleheader against Central Michigan, the final two games in Florida, beginning at 11 a.m.

Download: Syracuse2 boxscore.pdf