Softball Sweeps on Second Day of Rebel Spring Games

Penn 3,Butler 2

Penn 4, Youngstown State 3

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – On the second day of the Rebel Spring Games, the Penn softball defeated Butler (3-2) followed by Youngstown State (4-3). The Quakers are now 3-4 after Monday’s sweep.

The Red and Blue began day two with a game against Butler, a team that they saw twice last year in Florida for the games where they split 1-1. The Quakers capitalized on a seventh inning rally to score all of its three runs.

After four run-less innings that left many on the bases, the Bulldogs were the first to break the deadlock in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Butler managed to score a runner that was on second base with a single to right field.

With the Bulldogs up one going into the last inning, the Quakers were forced to produce some offense to keep the game alive. The Red and Blue responded with three runs. With one out, Alisha Prystowsky got on base from a hit pitch to rouse the Quakers. Kelsey Wolfe then singled to shortstop to put the tying run on second and the go-ahead on first.

Then is a weird sequence of plays, Jamie Boccanfuso hit to shallow left field. It looked as if the fielder had come up with the ball, as even the umpire had called it caught, however it had managed to fall out creating a force play at third with the players and runners confused about the call, the Bulldogs threw the ball to third and tagged the bag. The umpires conspired after the play and called Prystowsky out at third, which put two outs on the board. With a pinch runner on second, Susan Miller kept the game alive with double to left field, brining in the tying run and putting two runners in scoring position. Taylor Tieman then added a two-run double to put the Quakers in the lead, 3-1.

The Bulldogs added its own run in the seventh, when they managed to get a runner on from a drop third stick. However, the Quakers ended the inning and game with a fly to shortstop.

Wolfe led Penn with two hits, while Tieman added the vital hit and two RBIs. Jessie Lupardus recorded the win, pitching the entire game, while recording ten strikeouts and no walks.

The Red and Blue made a sweep of the day when it defeated Youngstown State, 4-3, in its second game of the day. With a plethora of hits from both teams in the first inning it looked as if the game would be a “battle of the bats”.

First up, Youngstown State got out to an early 2-0 lead with three hits. Penn did not waste time themselves notching five hits and four runs of its own in the first. Bridget McDugall walked and was advanced by an infield single by Prystowsky. The bases were loaded following a single to right field from Wolfe. Boccanfuso drove in McDugall on a hit to left field. With the bases still loaded, Miller drove the ball to center that brought in Prystowsky and Wolfe. Tieman’s single to right field allowed Boccanfuso to score for Penn’s final run of the inning.

The first inning offense was enough for the Quakers, as the Penguins were able to get runners on base, but was only able to get one more in for a final 4-3 score.

Wolfe and Boccanfuso led the Quakers with two hits a piece. Chelsea Ott recorded the win, the first one for her collegiate career, while Cailyn Hennessy served as the save pitch.