Softball Shutdown by Jacksonville, 5-0

Jacksonville 5, Penn 0 Box Score

ORLANDO, Fla. - Despite facing a different pitcher in the second game against Jacksonville, softball did not have any better luck against the Dolphins' pitching today, falling 5-0, in the final game of the UCF/Holiday Inn Select Spring Fling Tournament. The Quakers managed six hits and worked two walks in the game, but Jacksonville again opened up an early lead to pace themselves to the victory.

Penn had its chances throughout the game against Jacksonville's starting pitcher, Sarah Sigrest, but she would strand all 10 runners that reached base on her over the course of her complete game shutout. Right out of the gates, Penn put two runners on in the top of the first when Kayla Dahlerbruch and Brooke Coloma both went back through the middle with two-out singles. However, they would be stranded on a strikeout to end the top of the first.

Jacksonville led off its half of the first with a single that would steal second and advance to third on a throwing error on the play. A hit by pitch would put runners on the corners with nobody out. Another throw would go into the outfield on the next steal attempt, scoring the first run of the game. Two more singles and another error in the outfield would bring home three runs early. With the batter gunned down at third trying to take on extra base on the third run to score for the first out, Mikenzie Voves would strike out the final two batters of the inning to get Penn out of the first.

In the second, the Penn side was retired in order, but Jacksonville got right back in the swing of things offensively, starting off the second with a double and RBI single to go up 4-0. After a fielder's choice for the first out, a single put runners back on the corners. Penn then went to the bullpen with freshman Alexis Borden to try and get out of the jam. The Quakers cut down a run at the plate for the second out of the inning and Borden would get the strikeout looking to end the Dolphins' second.

Stephanie Caso worked a leadoff walk in the top of the third and Sydney Turchin would reach base right after her on fielding error, giving Penn runners on first and second with nobody out. After the two runners reached, Sigrest got Penn to pop-up a bunt attempt, followed by two consecutive foul outs, as Caso and Turchin were stranded.

From the bottom of the third through the bottom of the fifth, Borden just continued to stifle the Dolphin offense, not allowing a base runner for those three straight innings. In total, she retired 11 straight batters to begin her stint out of the bullpen. In Penn's fourth, Georgia Guttadauro got a one-out single to try and start a rally. Jessica Melendez followed that at-bat up by drawing a walk to put two aboard. After a fly out to right, Caso reached on an infield error, loading the bases with two down, but Sigrest would get a strikeout looking, one of nine strikeouts for her on the day.

In the fifth and sixth innings, Sigrest would once again stymie the Quakers' offense, allowing just a single to Dahlerbruch in the fifth during those two innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Jacksonville would again put runners on the corners and score from third when a throw to second to try and catch the runner stealing went into the outfield, making the score 5-0.

In the last inning, Karina Rios led off with a pinch-hit single. Turchin followed the leadoff hit up with a single of her own to put the first two runners on base to start the last frame. However, Sigrest would end the game by striking out the next three hitters to preserve the 5-0 win.

Dahlerbruch was the only Quaker to register multiple hits on the day. Coming on in relief, Borden finished the last 4.2 innings, allowing just one hit during that span with the only run she allowed being unearned. In total, she struck out three hitters, while walking just one.

With the UCF tournament behind them, Penn will move onto the Rebel Spring Games. The team will play eight additional games over the course of the next five days to finish the trip to Florida. The first of those games will come tomorrow against Sacred Heart (1 p.m.) and Indiana State (3 p.m.).