ORLANDO, Fla. – On day two of the UCF Spring Fling, the University of Pennsylvania softball team faced host UCF under the lights in a battle the Quakers fell short in 3-0. Sydney Turchin, Kanani Datan, Leah Allen, and Cedar Slovacek collected hits for the Red and Blue against the Knights. Penn then closed out the evening in a night cap with Bowling Green, falling 9-3. Elysse Gorney and Kayla Dahlerbruch each tallied two hits, while Allen, Korinne Raby, and Sydney Kranzmann added one apiece against the Falcons.
Game 1 – UCF (14-7)
WP: Shelby Turnier (8-1), 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K, WP (3)
LP: Courtney Cuzick (0-2), 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, WP (2)
Save: Jamie Ujvari (1)
UCF put one up on the board in the first inning, after Kahley Novak stole second and third to set herself up for the RBI from Mariah Garcia’s single to left center.
Trying to find their groove, the Quakers tried putting the pieces together in the top of the third with base hits from Cedar Slovacek and Sydney Turchin, but they couldn’t find home.
The defense went back to work with Courtney Cuzick in the circle but were unable to keep the Knights at one. UCF catcher Samantha McCloskey started the bottom of the fourth with a single down the left field line and was then replaced at first base by pinch runner Blaire Kelley, who stole second base. Kelley went on to score one of the runs for the Knights that inning, as did Farrah Sullivan.
Penn’s next chance at getting on the board came in the top of the sixth, when Kanani Datan led off with a single up the middle. Next up to bat for the Red and Blue was Elysse Gorney, who couldn’t connect and went down swinging. With one out, Leah Allen got a base hit out to right center, allowing Datan to advance to third. UCF came up with the second out, after catching Allen stealing second. The Quakers then left Datan at third, after Kayla Dahlerbruch went down swinging for the third out.
After the conclusion of the game with the Knights, the Red and Blue had a quick turn around and prepared for the last game of the evening against Bowling Green.
Game 2 – Bowling Green (5-11-1)
WP: Jamie Kertes (3-7), 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 6 K
LP: Alexis Borden (0-2), 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, HBP (McClelland)
Staying in the away dugout, Penn got their bats ready to go for the second game but were only able to come up with one hit in the first inning from Gorney.
With fresh legs, Haley Schrock readied to get things going for the Falcons but was shut down by Alexis Borden and notched the first out of the inning, after striking out looking. Amanda Durham got things moving as she reached first on a fielding error. The next two batters singled and allowed Durham to score. Bowling Green ended the first inning with a 1-0 lead.
As the game progressed, the Red and Blue saw freshman Sydney Kranzmann lead off in the third with a single up the middle. At the top of the batting order, the Falcons came up with a throwing error after a fielder’s choice let Turchin reach first; the error then allowed Kranzmann to make it safely to third. Kranzmann and Turchin would eventually be left on base but not before the first stolen base of the Quakers’ season was recorded by Turchin.
Bowling Green pulled out two runs in the bottom half of the third and extended its lead to 3-0.
In the fifth, Penn would score two runs of its own to make the score 3-2. At the top of the order, once again Turchin reached first on a throwing error but also advanced to second. After a pop up by pinch hitter Jen Retzer, Gorney singled through the left side and Turchin advanced to third. During the next at bat, Allen reached first base on a fielder’s choice but Turchin was out at home. With two on and one out, Dahlerbruch took care of business when she doubled to left center and knocked in Allen and Gorney.
The young Red and Blue squad struggled to keep the Falcons at bay, as they would score six more runs – two in the fifth and four in the sixth. The Quakers scored one more run in the top of the seventh and ended the game with a total of three runs.
Penn will close out the UCF Spring Fling when the team faces Colgate tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. Live stats for the game can be found here.