Softball Offense Shut Down Both Games versus Syracuse

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - Coming into the game with Syracuse, softball had been strong offensively all season long, but the Quakers met their match, at least for today, in the form of Syracuse's pitchers, Jenna Caira and Stacy Kuwik. In the first game, Caira went the distance, allowing just three hits and three walks over seven innings to pick up her 12th victory of the season. Not wanting to be outdone, Kuwik also went the distance allowing three hits and just one walk. She also carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, allowing an infield single to Elysee Gorney with two outs in the inning to break up her no-hit bid.

Game 1: Syracuse 6 Penn 1

Coming into the game with 19 wins already under their belt, Penn knew that the Orange would provide a good test in the non-conference portion of the season. Penn got an idea of just how good when Caira took the circle in the first game. Taylor Tieman, Caira's counterpart, who got the ball for Penn after throwing two spectacular innings against Saint Joseph's, retired the first two batters in the order, but back to back singles gave Caira a 1-0 lead before she threw her first pitch. In the bottom of the first, Caira would get her night off to a quick start, retiring the side in order to start the game.

In the second, a single to lead off the inning, followed by a home run that cleared the right field fence, gave the Orange a 3-0 lead after an inning and a half of play. In the second inning, Kesley Wolfe drew a one-out walk and she was moved over to second after Justine Payne singled into centerfield with two down. However, a strike-out looking would leave both Wolfe and Payne stranded on the base paths.

Syracuse tacked another run on the board in the third inning following an infield single that came around to score on the second double of the game by the Orange's three-hole hitter. However, Tieman would settle down and retire the next three batters to retire the side, including the last two via the strikeout. Samantha Erosa started off the bottom of the third inning with a walk and stole second to put herself in scoring position. Following a strikeout, Stephanie Caso grounded out to second base, allowing Erosa to move over to third with two outs, but a groundout would strand Erosa on third.

In the fourth, Tieman allowed two base runners, but was able to hold Syracuse scoreless for the first time in an inning. In the bottom of the inning, Penn would have its best opportunity of the game. Brooke Coloma singled to lead off the inning and she was followed by Wolfe, who walked, and Dahlerbruch, who was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After an infield fly out, Kristen Johnson grounded the ball right back to the pitcher, who came home for the force at the plate. The catcher then tried to turn the double play, but an errant throw allowed Wolfe, who was standing on second at the beginning of the play, to score. This also allowed Laura Placentra, who was running for Dahlerbruch, and Johnson to move into scoring position at second and third. However, a ground out to second would end the Quaker threat and strand two more runners. Penn cut into the lead with the run, but still trailed 4-1 after four full innings.

Syracuse would get that run back in the top of the fifth, following a double and two defensive errors on the same play to allow her to score. That made the score 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth. In the fifth and sixth innings, Penn only managed one hit, which came in the fifth courtesy of a Caso single through the middle.

In the final inning, Syracuse would put its final run on the board after a single was brought around to score by an eventual double. However, Tieman would get out of the inning and throw a complete game to start of the day for Penn. The Quakers could not put together any kind of rally in their half of the seventh and were eventually retired in order to end the game.

Game 2: Syracuse 8 Penn 1

In the second game, Syracuse once again got out to the quick start with another run in the first inning of game two. The second batter of the game reached on an error and eventually came around to score following consecutive singles to make the score 1-0 before Syracuse took the field. In the bottom of the first, Kuwik, like she would do so many times on the night, would retire the Penn side in order.

In the second inning, neither side could manage much offense as Syracuse got a lead-off single, but nothing else. Penn would only have Caso reach following a walk with one out.

Syracuse put three more on the board in the third inning with the big blow coming off the bat of the Orange clean-up hitter who knocked a three-run home run over the center field fence. Prior to that at-bat, Syracuse put two runners on via a walk and a single. The home run came after a 10-pitch battle at the plate between Mikenzie Voves and the Syracuse clean-up batter. In the bottom of the inning, Kuwik would strike out the side to keep her no-hitter going after three.

In the fourth, Syracuse put its fifth run of the game on the board. Following a walk, the runner took off from first and the throw took an unlucky bounce off of the runner and into centerfield, allowing her to score from second base before the outfield could return the ball to the infield. In the bottom of the fourth, Kuwik once again struck out the side, making it seven consecutive strikeouts she had at that point to go along with the no-hitter she carried through four innings.

After Syracuse was held scoreless by Voves in the top of the fifth, Kuwik would retire the side in order again in the bottom of the inning, leaving the score at 5-0 after five innings.

Voves once again held the orange in the top of the sixth inning. Penn looked to have its first hit of the game when Elizabeth Madara lined a ball through the right side of the infield, but with the right fielder charging the hard-hit ball, she was thrown out at first to keep the no-hitter alive for the time being. Following a fly out to left, Elysse Gorney came to the plate with two down. She would eventually hit a soft dribbler down the third base line and hustle the play out for an infield single, breaking up the no-hit bid by Kuwik.

Syracuse would add three more insurance runs in its final at-bat, with a triple and error to lead off the inning. A home run over the center field fence would bring everybody home and make the score 8-1 heading into the last at-bat for Penn.

After an early out to start the seventh, Coloma and Dahlerbruch each singled to put two runners on. Penn would get its only run of the game after a passed ball moved the runners up one base and the catcher tried to catch Coloma wandering off of third; however the throw went into left field allowing her to score on the play. Unfortunately, that would be all Penn could produce in its final inning. After a foul out and strikeout ended the game, Penn fell 8-1 to drop both ends of the doubleheader.

Penn will now look to pick up its first wins of the home season next Wednesday when Lehigh visits Warren Field for a 2:30 p.m. game