Softball Drops Two on Opening Day

Penn vs. Saint Joseph’s (9-1) Box Score

Penn vs. Akron (9-0) Box Score

FAIRFAX, Va. – It was a little wet and cold in Fairfax, Va., on Friday, but that did not stop the Patriot Tournament from pressing on. In the Penn softball’s opening day, the Quakers fell to Saint Joseph’s 9-1, followed by a 9-0 defeat by Akron.

The Quakers began the day with city-rival Saint Joseph’s who proved too much for the Red and Blue in their first game of 2009. Penn was the home team for the game which put the Hawks up to bat first. Saint Joseph’s did not wait long as they registered a home run by Monica Aguilar at the top of the first inning.

The Hawks got on the bases with no out in the third when Sue Lebow doubled down the infield line. Despite Lebow advancing to third base on a sacrifice bunt, the Quakers were able to keep her stranded at third and end the inning. The Quakers found their offense in the third inning when Anna Puglisi got on first followed by Cailyn Hennessy hit a double to left field to put two runners in scoring position. Unfortunately the Quakers could not capitalize and left both on the bases.

The Hawks extended their lead to 4 in the fourth by adding three runs. The Red and Blue prevented the shutout by adding its own goal. Alisha Prystowsky scored Penn’s lone goal by reaching first on a hit pitch and then continuing to second on a wild pitch. Kelsey Wolf gets walked to put two on base with no outs. Taylor Tieman and Jamie Buccanfuso both strike out to put Susan Miller on the plate with two outs. Miller singles to left field, driving in Prsystowksy, however the inning ended when Wolfe was picked off at third.

The Hawks finished the game in the sixth by adding three more runs, forcing the run-rule that ended the game at six innings.

Senior Emily Denstedt started on the mound for the Quakers with Jessie Lupardus adding two innings, while freshmen Boccanfuso at shortstop and Hennessy in right field both started in their first collegiate game.

Penn’ second game of the night pit the Quakers against Akron – a game which was originally planned for Saturday. The game lasted just five innings, but that was enough to allow Akron to edge the Quakers, 9-0. The Zips opened up scoring early as they added three runs in the first inning. Akron never looked back as they added two more runs in the second, one in the fourth and a final three in the fifth. Heather Bauer pitched a no-hitter and walked one batter, Penn’s Hilary Sheridan. Hennessy and Tory Satagaj shared pitching duty. This was Hennessy’s first time on the mound during her collegiate career.

Penn will have its third game of the tournament on Saturday when its plays tournament-host George Mason at 4 p.m.