Softball Starts Second Portion of Trip with a Bang

CLEARWATER, Fla. – It was a beautiful day for softball as the University of Pennsylvania softball team began the second portion of its spring break trip on Tuesday at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex, as part of the USF Under Armour Showcase. The Quakers, who are now 3-4, opened with a 6-0 win over Seton Hall and followed up with a second win over Quinnipiac, 10-1. Penn saw junior Sydney Turchin and freshman Leah Allen hit their first career home runs for the Red and Blue.

Game 1 – Seton Hall (4-17)
WP: Alexis Borden (2-2), 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

LP: Danielle Destaso (2-3), 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

The Quaker defense took the field first in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader, and saw Ivy Pitcher of the Week, Alexis Borden, strikeout Seton Hall’s Meredith Henze and Danielle Destaso to end the inning.

Right away, the bats went to work with lead off Sydney Turchin, who hit a single. Turchin then advanced to second on a ground out to the pitcher by Elysse Gorney. Kayla Dahlerbruch, batting in the number three spot, came up to the plate and hit a single to left field, knocking Turchin in for the first run of the game. Penn wasn’t done scoring yet, as freshman Leah Allen waited for the perfect pitch and smashed her first collegiate home run, giving the Quakers a quick 3-0 lead over the Pirates.

The score remained at 3-0 until the bottom of the third, when Dahlerbruch kicked things off with a single up the middle. Allen kept the big hits coming, as she doubled to right center, advancing Dahlerbruch to third. Vera Barnwell came in to run for Dahlerbruch, and with two on, Korinne Raby knocked the two in off her single to left field. The Red and Blue held on to a 5-0 lead until they tacked on an additional run in the bottom of the fifth.

Seton Hall struggled to make something happen against the tough Penn defense and recorded only 4 hits.

Game 2 – Quinnipiac (1-11)
WP: Alexis Sargent (1-0), 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

LP: Hannah Lindsley (1-5), 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

After the win over the Pirates, the Quakers went right back to work against Quinnipiac and watched freshman Alexis Sargent make her first collegiate start in the circle.

Neither team could find their way home until the top of the third when Lainey Dorris and Turchin would add two to the board for the Red and Blue.

But the real excitement happened when Penn came up to the plate in the fifth.

Quinnipiac looked as if they were going to end it early, after striking out Dorris and watching Allen pop up to first base. With two outs, Turchin came to the plate and hit her first collegiate home run -- second of the day for the Quakers -- giving Penn all of the momentum to put the game away. Batter after batter, the Red and Blue kept it coming and amassed eight runs and eight hits in the inning, taking a 10-0 lead. They also left three on base.

After Turchin smacked the solo homer, Dahlerbruch hit a double to right center and kept the Quakers going. With Raby on first (after walking) and Kristen Johnson on second (pinch running for Dahlerbruch), Lauren Li hit another double and watched Johnson and Raby make it home safely. Attempting to gain some momentum back, the Bobcats substituted pitcher Hannah Lindsley in for Katie Alfiere, but Penn didn’t miss a beat as Sargent singled, hitting Li home allowing her to advance to second on the throw. Casey Stevko came in to pinch run for Sargent, while Emily Stinnett came in to pinch hit for Cedar Slovacek. After a single to left center by Stinnett, Stevko took her place on third base and watched as Vanessa Weaver came to the plate. Stevko didn’t get too comfortable at third as Weaver singled up the middle, knocking her home and moving Stinnett to second.

Back at the top of the order, Dorris loaded the bases with Weaver on second and Stinnett on third, as she reached first on a fielder’s choice. All three would make it across home plate, after a double to center field by Allen. The Red and Blue loaded the bases once more but saw an end to their scoring run when Raby grounded out to short stop.

The deficit was too much to bounce back from, as the Bobcats were only able to score one run, ending the game after five innings.

Penn will be back in action tomorrow in another doubleheader with Providence at 2:30 p.m. and then host USF for a night game at 7:15 p.m.

Download: Updated Quinnipiac Boxscore.pdf