KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A five run, two out rally was not enough for Penn to catch Wagner in its 6-5 loss, but the Quakers topped Bryant University, 3-2, in the early morning game. Freshman Stephanie Caso had four hits on the day, including two RBI, and a run scored.
Sophomore Cailyn Hennessy pitched two innings of no-hit ball, before Bryant broke onto the board with two runs in the bottom of the third. The Quakers immediately answered back in the top of the fourth with two of their own. Junior Alisha Prystowsky singled to lead off, then scored on Kelsey Wolfe's triple down the right field line. Freshman Brooke Coloma singled to the left side, plating Wolfe and tying up the score.
After a scoreless fifth, Penn struck again with what became the game-winning run. With two out, Justine Payne reached base on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a pass ball. Pinch hitter Hilary Sheridan belted a double to right-center field, scoring Payne and giving the Quakers the lead for good.
Hennessy pitched the complete game, allowing four hits, two runs, while striking out one and gaining her first win of the season.
In game two, Wagner struck first, scoring single runs in the third and fourth innings, before an explosive top of the fourth in which the Seahawks tallied four on three hits, a walk,and an error.
Down 6-0, the resilient Quakers did not throw in the towel, rallying in the bottom of the inning. Penn loaded the bases with no outs, but surrendered two before making their move. Caso doubled to plate Bridget Ellsworth from second and Coloma from third, followed by Keiko Uraguchi's single to left center field that scored Caso and Bridget McDugall. Wolfe knocked in Prystowsky, who reached base on a walk, on a single up the middle to make the score 6-5.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Quakers threatened with Coloma's leadoff walk. She advanced to second on Ellsworth's sacrifice bunt, and to third on a fly out to right field, but was left stranded to end the game.
Chelsea Ott took the loss, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up six runs, two earned, eight hits, while striking out four. Lindsay Mann came in relief for 1.1 innings of work, allowing three hits and no runs.
Penn (2-4) is off tomorrow and returns to action Thursday with a rematch with Butler at 9 a.m. and a meeting with Robert Morris at 11 a.m.