CLEARWATER, Fla. – The University of Pennsylvania softball team will head back to Philadelphia on a high note. On the final day of their Spring Break trip to Clearwater, the Quakers snagged a 3-2 win over North Florida on Thursday at the Eddie Moore Softball Complex.
For the second-straight game it was Alexis Sargent leading the way in the circle. The junior right-hander completed her third game of the trip, allowing just three hits and striking out four.
Offensively, the Quakers struck first in the second. Sargent led off the inning with single, but looked to be stranded thanks to back-to-back pop-outs. Katie Petroski made sure that wouldn’t happen—drilling a triple to left field—to give Penn a 1-0 lead. Freshman Sam Pederson followed with a two-out single of her own, and the Quakers jumped ahead 2-0.
The Ospreys inched their way back—scoring runs in both the fourth and fifth innings—to tie the score at two. Ashley Niesman knocked a RBI single in the fourth, and Shelby Duncan struck in the fifth with a double.
The Red and Blue plated their winning run in bottom the fifth. Back-to-back singles from Jessica England and Lauren Li started the rally, while back-to-back illegal pitches put the Quakers on top, 3-2.
The one-lead would be all Sargent needed, as she shut down the final six Ospreys in order. The Quakers leave South Florida with a record of 5-5.
Penn returns to Penn Park for their home opener against Lafayette on March 16th. The Quakers and Leopards will play a doubleheader, beginning at 3 p.m.
Download: North Florida Box.pdf