KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Interrupted by on again off again rain showers throughout the game, Penn fell to Butler, 6-1, Thursday morning at the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Quakers' second game with Robert Morris was canceled due to the torrential downpour that drowned the field immediately after the final at-bat.
With freshman Lindsay Mann in the circle for her first collegiate career start, Butler got on the board first in the bottom of the second. The Bulldogs' Lauren McNulty knocked a two-run home run over the left field fence for the early lead.
The Quakers answered back with a run on three consecutive hits with two outs. Junior Hilary Sheridan singled up the middle, followed by senior Susan Miller's hit to left field, and sophomore Justine Payne's RBI single to left, plating pinch runner Bridget McDugall from second. With runners on second and third, the Quakers were unable to extend the rally, leaving them stranded.
In the bottom of the fifth, Butler scored another pair of runs off Bridget Paine's fifth home run of the early season, and then tallied two more in the sixth with help from the wet infield dirt that deadened all bunts and made the ball slick for reliever Cailyn Hennessy.
Payne and senior Keiko Uraguchi led the Quakers with two hits apiece as Penn recorded eight on the day, while leaving nine runners stranded on base.
Butler's Jennifer Chasteen earned the win, pitching all seven innings, while Mann took the loss with 4.2 innings pitched, four hits and four runs allowed, striking out one. Hennessy threw 1.1 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, striking out two.
Penn wraps up its spring training trip at the Rebel Games tomorrow, facing Florida A&M at 1 p.m. and South Dakota for a rematch at 3 p.m. The Quakers topped USD 1-0 in their first game of the week.