Softball Defeated by Valparaiso, South Dakota

Penn 4, Valparaiso 5

Penn 3, South Dakota 4

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Penn softball team dropped two games Thursday on day four of the Rebel Spring Games. The Quakers lost to Valparaiso, 5-4 followed by South Dakota, 3-4. The Red and Blue are now 3-8 overall and 2-6 heading into their last day at the games.

The early morning game, Valparaiso got out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. The Quakers responded in the bottom of the second to bring them within one of the Crusaders. With one out and runners on first and second, Diana Ark drove in Bridget McDougall, who was on second after a single. Alisha Prystowsky then singled to third base, but an error on the shortstop allowed Anna Puglisi to score.

The Crusaders added another run in the third to extend the lead to two. But the Red and Blue tied the game in the sixth with two crucial runs. Both McDougall and Sarah Patrick singled up the middle to put the tying runs on base with no outs. Both then advanced to third and second on a wild pitch. After Meg Krasne walked to load the bases, Prystowsky brought in McDougall on a single to the outfield. Penn’s second run of the inning came on a fielder’s choice that allowed Diana Ark to score.

With the game tied with one inning left, the Crusaders managed the critical one run when Ashley Wolter connected for a solo home run in the top of the seventh for the 5-4 win.

The Quakers finished the game with 10 hits, led by Bridget McDougall with three hits and two runs scored.

The second game of the day pitted the Quakers against South Dakota. Once again it was Penn’s opponent that was first to get on the board. USD scored all four runs in the bottom of the fourth. The first run was scored on a wild pitch. The Coyotes drove in the second run on a RBI single. The Yotes then scored the third and fourth runs on a single down the left field line.

Penn scored two unearned runs in the fifth inning capitalizing on three USD errors. After several errors that put the tying run on the plate, Hilary Sheridan was walked home after the Coyotes pitcher walked Prystowsky. Two batters later, Jamie Boccanfuso drove in Cailyn Hennessy.

Penn then added another run in the top of the sixth. After McDougall was walked and advanced on a single from Sheridan, Puglisi filled the bases with an infield single. Cailyn Hennessy brought in McDougall on a fielder’s choice that napped Sheridan, but allowed the run.

Despite a surge in the final inning with Keiko Uraguchi and Boccanfuso hitting singles that put the tying run in scoring position, the Quakers could not capitalize on their base runners as South Dakota hung on to the lead and clinched the win.

The Quakers have their final day of the Rebel Spring Games on Friday when they play Buffalo (1 p.m.) and Florida A&M (5 p.m.).