CLEARWATER, Fla. – It was tale of two games for the Penn softball team on Wednesday. After dropping the first contest of the day to Butler (10-2), the Quakers posted a 10-1 win over Northern Kentucky. Penn moves to 4-5 during its season-opening trip to the Sunshine State.
Inside the Numbers
Lauren Li showed off the power for Penn, homering in the first inning of both games. The senior captain ripped a solo shot against the Bulldogs, and a three-run blast versus Northern Kentucky. She finished the day by going 4-for-6 with 5 RBI.
Alexis Sargent also put together a nice day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with 4 RBI. Kanani Datan chipped in three hits against Northern Kentucky.
For the second-straight afternoon, Sargent put the Quakers back on track with a superb outing in the circle. The junior right-hander went the distance for the second-consecutive day, allowing just four hits and striking out six. She is now 3-1 on the season with a 1.72 ERA.
Li put the Quakers in business from the get-go, smacking a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. Datan and freshman Jessica England each singled to set the table for Li.
Penn added another run in the fourth, as Sarah Cwiertnia knocked a RBI base hit to left field. Vera Barnwell – a pinch runner—scored on the play, after Jurie Joyner doubled to right-center field to lead off the frame.
Sargent helped herself in the fifth, plating two more with a single into center field. England—who doubled to lead off the frame—and Leah Allen—who bunted herself on—came around to score.
Following a solo home run from the Norse in the fifth, the Red and Blue really broke things open in the sixth. Cedar Slovacek reached on an error to begin the inning, while an infield hit from Datan and a walk to England loaded the bases. After Li walked to give Penn a 7-1 lead, Allen singled through the left side to score two more. Sargent capped off the rally with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Li from third.
Although Li also homered to spark things against Butler, the Quakers didn’t do much from there.
After Sargent singled in the third to give Penn a 2-1 lead, the Bulldogs’ bats came alive. Butler broke the game open with a five-run fourth, taking an 8-2 lead. They added two more in the sixth, and that was all she wrote for the Quakers.
Penn will wrap up its Spring Break trip down South with a matchup against North Florida tomorrow at 11 a.m.
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