Softball Goes 1-1 in First Day at Rebel Spring Games

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

ORLANDO – The Penn softball team had a decent showing in their first day of the Rebel Spring Games, as they went 1-1. In the first game of the day, the Quakers lost to St. Peter’s, 3-0. But they bounced back in their second game, and beat Western Carolina, 7-6.

Despite many offensive attempts by Penn against St. Peter’s, the Quakers couldn’t covert their hits into runs. Starting pitcher Emily Denstedt held the Peacocks scoreless through the start of the fourth inning. St. Peter’s scored one run, and had a runner on second, when Denstedt struck out the last batter, and ended the inning. Denstedt found her groove again after the run, and held them scoreless in the fifth inning, giving the Quakers hope for a comeback. But in the bottom of the sixth inning, a single followed by a home run from the first and second batters ended up being the difference. Casey Hare finished the game for Penn, and held the Peacocks scoreless, for a final score of 3-0

Offensively, the Quakers had only four hits, coming from Annie Kinsey, who was 1-for-3, Julia Cheney who had a double and went 1-for-3, Brandi King (1-for-2) and Teresa Leyden (1-for-3).

Penn’s bats came alive in the second game, as they faced off against Western Carolina. WCU took an early three run lead in the top of the second, off of pitcher Oliva Mauro. Senior Erin Boyle came in and finished the inning without allowing another run. And the Quakers responded to WCU with a few runs of their own. Julia Cheney was walked, and King followed soon after with a single. Melissa Haffner hit a ball deep to left field, where the outfielder missed the catch, bringing in both runners, and leaving Haffner on second. Senior catcher Kaelin Ainley came up to the plate, and hit a long single, which was enough to bring Haffner home, and tied the score up at 3-3. Boyle held Carolina scoreless in the third, giving the Quakers a chance to take the lead. Freshman Keiko Uraguchi had a single to start off the inning, and advanced to second on a passed ball. Cheney brought her home just two batters later, with a single of her own. Penn took the 4-3 lead.

Western Carolina scored two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead, but Penn answered quickly, when singles by Uraguchi and Reichert brought Haffner home from first base, to tie up the score 5-5. Boyle held WCU scoreless in the fifth, allowing only one hit. In the bottom of the fifth, the Quakers took hold of the lead again. Cheney got things started for Penn, when she hit a double. Teresa Leyden’s sac fly brought her home, and gave Penn the 6-5 lead. Senior Brandi King came up and drove a long, hard ball out of the park, giving Penn the 7-5 lead. After another Western Carolina run in the top of the sixth, sophomore Denstedt came in to close the game for the Quakers, holding WCU scoreless for 1.2 innings. Boyle pitched four innings, and allowed six hits.

Freshman Uraguchi was a key player for Penn on offense, as she went 3-for-4 with one RBI. Cheney was 2-for-2, with an RBI of her own, and Ainley was 1-for-2 with a RBI. And King ended the game 2-for-3, with a home run and two RBI.

Up next, the Quakers will continue playing in the Rebel Spring Games tomorrow, as they take on Indiana-Purdue (Fort-Wayne) tomorrow at 1 p.m. and Valparaiso at 5 p.m.

Download: WCU Box Score.pdf