Softball Drops Two to Butler and Detroit Mercy

Butler Game Stats

Detroit Mercy Game Stats

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Two hard-fought battles, the Penn softball team came up just short in a 5-4 extra inning loss to Butler, and an 8-6 defeat to Detroit Mercy, Monday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. Junior Alisha Prystowsky led the Quaker offense with five hits, two runs scored, and an RBI.

The day looked bright as Penn (1-3)kicked off the afternoon with three runs in the top of the first inning against Butler (8-2). Senior Keiko Uraguchi, who reached first on a bunt and Prystowsky, who lined her first hit of the day to right field, advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch. Freshman Jess Arneson slapped a single through the left side, plating Uraguchi and Prystowsky. After stealing second and advancing to third on a flyout, Arneson crossed home on senior Susan Miller's single to right field for the early 3-0 lead.

The Quakers held the steady lead until the bottom of the fifth when Butler stormed back on a two out rally. With a runner on second, the Bulldog's Kayla Gray traded places with her teammate on an RBI double. Immediately following, Bridget Paine belted a two-run home run off sophomore Chelsea Ott, who had pitched 12 innings of scoreless ball up until this inning. Sophomore Cailyn Hennessy came in relief to retire the side.

In the top of the seventh, Penn took the lead again with Prystowsky hitting in Stephanie Caso, who reached on an error, but the Bulldogs answered right back with two outs and the game on the line. Paine reached base on a fielder's choice, advanced to third on a fly ball to right, and scored the tying run on a bloop single down the right field line, sending the game into an extra stanza.

Unable to spark anything up in the top of the eighth, Butler ended the game after the placed runner at second, as a part of the tiebreaker rules, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a throw wide of the plate on an infield ground ball.

Hennessy took the loss, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing four hits, two runs, while striking out one. Ott struck out four, giving up three runs and six hits. The Bulldog's Jenny Esparza earned the win with six innings out of the bullpen, allowing one run and striking out ten.

With the second game's start time an hour and a half behind schedule, the Quakers went straight back to work against Detroit Mercy (1-3). Digging a hole that got deeper and deeper as the game went on, Penn had a lot of catching up to do, down 6-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth. The Red and Blue got two back in that inning off Caso's single that knocked in Justine Payne and Hilary Sheridan.

Detroit Mercy added two more to its score in the fifth, but Penn battled back to score three of its own during its at-bats. Payne plated Coloma and Arneson on her double to right field, followed by Sheridan's single that scored Payne, making the score 8-5.

The Quakers never let up, but came up just short, as Penn managed one last run in the sixth, off Arneson's sacrifice fly that scored Prystowsky from third.

Penn outhit Detroit 13-9, including Caso, Arneson, Sheridan, Payne, and Prystowsky all with two. The Quakers also showed glimpses of slugging power with Sheridan belting a triple, and Wolfe and Payne with doubles.

Detroit's Anna Bondy earned the win, pitching a complete game. Starter Tory Satagaj took the loss with 2.2 innings of work, allowing five runs, four earned, and striking out three. Lindsay Mann and Hennessy both saw time in relief.

The Quakers are right back on the field tomorrow morning, facing Bryant at 9 a.m. and Wagner at 11 a.m.