CLEARWATER, Fla. – On the final day in Florida at the Eddie C. Moore Complex, the University of Pennsylvania softball team split a doubleheader with Central Michigan, winning game one 3-1 but dropping game two 4-0. The Quakers end their spring break slate with a 6-5 record.
Game 1 – Central Michigan (4-11)
WP: Alexis Borden (3-3), 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
LP: Hanna Warren (1-5), 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
It was a hot one, but the Quakers were ready to ride their previous successes into the final day. Playing as the home team, the Red and Blue were first to get on the board scoring one in the bottom of the third. With senior captain Vanessa Weaver on first, freshman Katie Petroski came to the play and went for the sac bunt. Central Michigan’s first baseman retrieved the ball and attempted to throw out Weaver at second but the ball sailed all the way out into center field and rolled under the fence. During the wild throw, Weaver and Petroski had reached home but the umps ruled it a ground rule double. Only one run was then recorded in the half when Weaver reached home on a sac fly from junior Kanani Datan.
In the very next inning, Penn added one more from a solo shot to right field by sophomore Leah Allen. Allen knocked the ball out of the park on the very first pitch for her first homer of the season.
The Chippewas got on the board in the top of the sixth, scoring with only one out. But with senior Alexis Borden in the circle, a KS and a groundout to second ended the half.
Penn added one more run in the home half of the inning when Allen singled up the middle with two on, allowing freshman Sarah Rowley to reach home safely.
Central Michigan threatened to score in the top of the seventh after a walk and base hit, but the Quaker defense held them and Petroski recorded the last out at second.
Game 2 – Central Michigan (5-11)
WP: Rachael Knapp (2-4), 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
LP: Amanda Gisonni (0-1), 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
With the sun still beating down, the Quakers returned to the field, this time as the visiting team. With one out in the first inning, freshman Sarah Rowley reached first safely on a bunt that wasn’t fielded quickly in time by Central Michigan’s catcher. Rowley wasn’t able to advance any further though, and her hit would end up being the only one the Red and Blue would record in the game.
The Chippewas scored one in the first off a single and then scored two more in the bottom of the second from a solo homerun and another single.
Neither team could make anything happen in the third, fourth, and fifth innings but Central Michigan added one more to the board for a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth on a sac fly.
Download: Central Michigan2 boxscore.pdf