Softball Falls to Maine, SIUE

Penn 4, Maine 6

Penn 0, SIUE 1

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - On the third day of the Rebel Spring Games, the Penn softball team dropped two close games. Both of the contests on Tuesday came down to the crucial end. The Quakers worked themselves back from a 6-0 deficit in the bottom of the sixth to add four, but it a little to late as Maine managed to get out the inning and clinch the win one inning later. In the second of Penn's doubleheader, the game reminded in a 0-0 deadlock till Southern Illinios at Edwardsville loaded the bases in need of just one run to win. The Cougars knocked in the run with a fly play that soared past the outfield.

The firstgame of the dayputPenn and Maineon the diamond together.The Game was scoreless through the fourth, when the Bears added four runs to take the lead in the fifth. Maine added two more in the next inning to take a 6-0 lead.

The Quakers responded in the sixth bringing the lead to just two. Alisha Prystowsky singled to shortstop to start the inning. Meg Krasne reached on a fielding error that put two on base with no outs. Jamie Boccanfuso slammed one into center fora one-run double. Kelsey Wolfe brought in Keiko Uraguchi, who was running for Krasne on a single to the pitcher. Taylor Tieman brought in Penn's third run of the winning on a fielder's choice for the Quakers second out of the inning. Bridget McDugall kept the inning alive with a double that allowed the Quakers final running to score.

The seventh inning had both teams go scoreless to end the game with a 6-4 score in Maine's favor. Prystowsky led the team with two hits, while four other Quakers notched a hit.

In Penn's second game, the Quakers took on Southern Illinios at Edwardsville - a new team to division I, but defending division II national champions. The Quakers and Cougars both relied on strong defensive efforts to keep the game scoreless till the bottom of the seventh.

The Red and Blue had the best chance to put points on the board in the top of the fifth. Diana Ark singled to center, followed by Prystowsky walking. Uraguchi's single to left field filled the bases for Boccanfuso with two outs. SIUE pitcher Erika Taylor got the Cougars out of the inning on a strikeout.

In the bottom of the seventh all the Cougars needed was one run to seal the win. Starting pitcher Emily Denstedt didn't go the distance for the Quakers, 3-6. She was pulled in favor of Jesse Lupardus after SIUE's Lindsey Barron led off the seventh with a pinch-hit single.

After Barron stole second, the Cougars drew a walk to put two on base. Courtney Mall then loaded the bases by hustling to first on a bunt. Lauren Zembruski earned the game-winning hit with a shot to left field over the head of left-fielder Sarah Patrick. As Barron crossed the plate, the Cougars collected the win.

The Quakers have Wednesday off, but will be back on the field for Valparaiso University(9 a.m.)and South Dakota (11 a.m.)