CLEARWATER, Fla. – After a day off from play, the University of Pennsylvania softball team was back in the dirt on Tuesday for two back-to-back games against Bowling Green and Syracuse at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. Having already dropped the first game of the season to BGSU by one run, the Quakers returned the favor with a 6-5 victory. Despite pulling out a win over the Falcons, the Red and Blue fell short in the following game with the Orange, 2-0. Penn is now 4-4 on the season and will return to the field on Wednesday for a second chance at Syracuse. The game is set to begin at 3 p.m.
Game 1 – BGSU (5-9)
WP: Lauren Li (1-1), 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
LP: Briana Combs (0-2), 2.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Taking an early 1-0 lead from a double by sophomore Alexis Sargent in the bottom of the first, Bowling Green responded with a run of their own to tie the game at one apiece in the top of the second. However, the Quakers weren’t done scoring as three base hits in-a-row and another Sargent RBI provided the lead, 2-1, with no outs and runners at second and third. Chasing BGSU’s starting pitcher Briana Combs out of the circle, Braiden Dillow finished the inning but not before a single up the middle by senior captain Vanessa Weaver knocked two more home for a 4-1 lead.
Leading off with a triple in the top of the fourth, the Falcons chipped away at the score and were able to bring the deficit to one, but the Red and Blue added one more in the home half for a 5-3 lead.
Yet again, Bowling Green added two more to the board, despite a fresh arm from Sargent coming in to relieve junior captain Lauren Li and Penn prepared for the plate tied at 5-5. Pinch hitting with two outs and sophomore Vera Barnwell in scoring position at third, freshman Jurie Joyner sent Barnwell home with a single to left center for what would be the winning run.
However, BGSU didn’t give up and loaded the bases with one out in the top of the sixth. Li returned to the circle and finished the inning with a KS and a pop up.
The Quakers went down in order, and the Falcons were down to their last chance to score. With two outs and one on, senior Alexis Borden finished the job with a KS.
Game 2 – Syracuse (8-11)
WP: Jocelyn Cater (5-7), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
LP: Alexis Borden (2-3), 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 9 K
Extending her hit streak to seven consecutive games, junior captain Lauren Li doubled to left center in the top of the first, looking to send junior Kanani Datan home safely and get on the scoreboard first. However, the relay throw into home beat Datan, and the Quakers took the field with a 0-0 score.
The scoreboard remained the same for most of the game, as a pitching duel ensued, until the Orange were able to knock two in off of a single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth.
Hoping to bring some life to the Red and Blue, freshman Jurie Joyner hit a double to center, that landed just in front of the fence, with just one out. However, the next two batters went down swinging.
Download: Bowling Green2 boxscore.pdf