Softball Shares a Pair with Saint Joseph's

SJU 1, Penn 0

Penn 7, SJU 1

PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers could not render a single hit in game one, falling 1-0, to Saint Joseph's Wednesday afternoon at Warren Field, but rallied to win game two, 7-1, with an explosion of the bats, including Justin Payne's two-run home run. Penn (3-6) mustered up 13 hits in the win with Alisha Prystowsky and Keiko Uraguchi contributing three apiece.

With little happening on the bases for both sides in the first contest of the day, Saint Joseph's broke onto the board in the top of the third with what became all the Hawks would need for the win. With one out, Laura Cardone doubled down the right field line and advanced to third on a groundout. She scored following a walk by Penn hurler Cailyn Hennessy and scored on an illegal pitch that gave each runner a free base.

Getting just one ball out of the infield all game, the Quakers struggled offensively off SJU's Erin Gallagher (7-4) who earned the no-hitter, striking out seven and walking four. In the pitcher's duel, Hennessy (1-3) scattered six hits, walking two, and striking out one in her second complete game of the year.

However, Penn made up for all the offensive power lacking in game one in the nightcap. The Quakers struck in the first, starting off with Uraguchi's bunt single that trickled just inches in front of the plate. After stealing second, Prystowsky traded places with the senior on a double to deep left field for the early 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, the Quakers strung three hits together, including back-to-back doubles by Jessica Arneson and Justine Payne, scoring pinch runner Elora Daniele and Brooke Coloma.

The Hawks made the score 3-1 in the fifth with an RBI single by Cordone, and threatened for more, but sophomore Chelsea Ott pitched her way out of the jam.

Prystowsky hit in freshman Stephanie Caso in the fifth for a singleton, before Penn's huge sixth inning run. Leading off the sixth, Arneson doubled off the top of the center field fence at 220 feet and scored on Payne's first career home run over the left field wall. A string of singles from Hilary Sheridan, Jessica Melendez, and Uraguchi plated one more, before Prystowky got her third hit of the game to load the bases with one out. However, SJU pitcher Taryn Ashway forced a double play to end the inning with the score 7-1.

A one, two, three seventh gave Ott her second win of the season as she pitched the complete game, allowing seven hits, one run, a walk, and striking out two. Ashway took the loss, giving up seven earned runs, a walk, while striking out four in six innings.

Payne led the Quakers with four RBI on two hits, while Uraguchi had three hits and an RBI, and Arneson (2-3) and Prystowsky (3-4, 2 RBI) each belted two doubles.

Penn is back in action Saturday with a doubleheader at Monmouth starting at 1 p.m. at West Long Branch, N.J.