Softball Goes 1-1 on Opening Day

Stats Game 1

Stats Game 2

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Sophomore Chelsea Ott pitched a shutout in Penn softball's first game of the 2010 season at the Rebel Games Sunday. The Quakers topped South Dakota, 1-0, before falling to Youngstown State, 10-3 on opening day.

For it being the first time playing on dirt and under blue skies after months and months of inside training, the Red and Blue needed no time to adjust. With a 0-0 tie entering the sixth inning, Penn finally struck with junior Alisha Prystowsky's leadoff double to left center field that turned into the sole run of the game. Prystowsky advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored off freshman Brooke Coloma's single.

Freshman Stephanie Caso had two hits with junior Kelsey Wolfe, freshman Jessica Arneson, and junior Bridget McDugall also adding one.

Ott pitched a gem, striking out two and allowing four hits in seven innings. The sophomore battled her way out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth, facing bases loaded with two outs, but she was able to get the fly ball to preserve the lead and win over USD.

Immediately following, the Quakers went up against Youngstown State. The Penguins got on the board quickly, plating two, in the top of the first with sophomore lefty Cailyn Hennessy in the circle.

Penn answered back, tying it up in the second. Wolfe led off the inning with a walk and advanced on a single by Coloma. On Arneson's ground out to short stop, both runners advanced a base, putting themselves in scoring position. Next, senior Susan Miller singled through the right side to score Wolfe and put Coloma on third. Pinch runner Elora Daniele served her role as bait for the Penguins, allowing Wolfe to cross the plate while Daniele occupied the defense in the base path between first and second.

However, from there Youngstown State took command, taking advantage of Penn's four errors, scoring three in the third, and one each in the fourth and fifth. Penn got one back in the sixth with Miller's second RBI of the day, scoring Coloma.

The Penguins added three more in the seventh for a 10-3 final score. Hennessy took the loss for the Quakers after pitching 2.1 innings, allowing four hits and five runs. Freshman Lindsay Mann came in relief in the third and pitched the remainder of the game in her first collegiate career outing.

Senior Keiko Uraguchi, Coloma, Arneson, and Miller all had two hits in Penn's ten-hit effort.

The Quakers are back in action tomorrow, facing Butler and Detroit Mercy at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Kissimmee, Fla.