Penn 3, South Dakota 2 Box Score
Penn 6, Detroit 2 Box Score
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Coming off back-to-back shutouts in the same day for the first time in the program's history, softball received two more strong starts from Jen Retzer and Lindsay Mann on Tuesday to help propel the team to its second straight daily sweep at the Rebel Spring Games with wins over South Dakota, 3-2, and Detroit, 6-2.
The Quakers' offense also began to come alive as Penn pounded out 22 hits and nine runs over the two games, including a season-high 12 hits and six runs in the second game against Detroit. In the process, the team raised its batting averaging 38 points in the two games. With the four straight victories, Penn moves past .500, having won five of its first nine games.
Penn 3, South Dakota 2
Making just her second start, Retzer would allow two runners to reach base in the first inning via walks, but would strand the runners on the corners to get out of the first. In the bottom half of the frame, Penn would get a pair of two-out singles by Kayla Dahlerbruch and Brooke Coloma. However, South Dakota would also strand a pair of Penn's runners in the first.
The starting pitchers both took turns retiring the opposition in the second. South Dakota would work a one-out walk, but that runner would get called out for leaving first base early on an attempted steal. Retzer would allow a two-out single, but would get through three innings scoreless.
Penn threatened in the bottom of the third when Stephanie Caso reached on an error that was blown around in the heavy win. Sydney Turchin would follow that at-bat with a bunt single to put two on with no out. After two infield outs, Coloma singled to load the bases, but Missy Blackburn, South Dakota's starting pitcher, would get a strikeout to escape the jam.
Retzer would go back to work in the top of the fourth, allowing just another two-out single on the infield to reach, but would strand that runner following the next at bat. Samantha Erosa would lead off the bottom half of the fourth with a single. She was bunted into scoring position by Karina Rios, but again South Dakota's starter would not allow any further advancement.
In the fifth, South Dakota put two runners on base with a walk and infield single, but Retzer would again buckle down with runners on, getting out of the inning with another ground ball out. Elysse Gorney tried to get Penn going with one out in the bottom of the inning. She dropped her pitch right in front of the centerfielder with one out and would steal second with two outs, but again Blackburn stranded the Quakers' base runner.
A two-out walk would be the only runner Retzer allowed to reach base in the sixth. The Quakers would then breakthrough in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Laura Placentra got the inning going with a bunt single. Erosa followed that up with another single to put two on. Rios then executed her second sacrifice bunt, moving both runners into scoring position.
Bridget Ellsworth would then bring the first runs of the game home as she drove her pitch down the left field line, stopping at second for the two-RBI double. Caso would then work the walk with Turchin bunting her and Ellsworth into scoring position with two outs. Gorney would bring Ellsworth home with her single in to right field, making the score 3-0 after six.
South Dakota would get a leadoff double to start its final at-bats. After Retzer got the next two hitters to pop up foul to the catcher, the Coyotes would bring their first run home on their second double of the inning. Two more South Dakota runners would reach base on errors, bringing Mikenzie Voves out of the bullpen for the save. Voves would then waste no time, striking out the first hitter she faced to pick up her first collegiate save.
Retzer picked up her first collegiate win in the game, going 6.2 innings and allowinig just two runs (one earned) on five hits. She also struck out one batter. The Quakers' offense produced 10 hits in the first game with Gorney, Coloma and Erosa all picking up multi-hit games.
Penn 6, Detroit 2
Penn got the hit train rolling early against Detroit, with four straight one-out singles in the top of the first. Caso, Dahlerbruch and Coloma each loaded the bases going station-to-station on singles. Georgia Guttadauro would bring home the game's first run on a single that got through the right side, giving Penn the early lead. Two keys errors to start the bottom of the first would allow Detroit to answer back in the bottom of the first with an unearned run, tying the game at one.
In the second through fourth innings, Penn would be unable to get a base runner aboard, but Mann would keep the game tied being equally impressive in the circle. In the second inning, she got two strikeouts to help her retire the side in order. In the third and fourth, she would allow just one hit in each inning, but again held the Titans' offense at bay the remainder of those innings.
After nine straight hitters had been set down, Penn would get things going in the fifth. Jessica Arneson got the inning going with a leadoff single. Placentra came on to run for her and was promptly bunted into scoring position by Justine Payne. Turchin then beat out an infield single and stole second to put runners on second and third with one. Caso would then put the ball in play for the RBI as Detroit's defense was unable to make the play on her.
With the lead, Mann would get two quick outs in the sixth, before a two-out single and walk reached. However, she would get the ground out to make it through five full innings of work. The Quakers would then add two more in the sixth. Gorney and Ellsworth each reached on singles to get the inning going. Arneson would then bunt them into scoring position with one out, setting up Payne's two-RBI double into left centerfield, giving Penn a 4-1 lead.
Two singles to start the second brought Alexis Borden on in relief of Mann. Borden would get Penn out of the inning with three straight outs, not conceding a run despite the inherited runners. In the seventh, Penn would add two more insurance runs. After a leadoff error, followed by an Ellsworth single, Arneson drove in the first run on a single back through the middle.
After a hit by pitch loaded the bases, Turchin just looped a ball over the third baseman's head, scoring the second run of the inning and extending Penn's lead to 6-1. In its last at-bats, Detroit got the first two runners aboard with a leadoff walk, followed by an error to start the inning. However, Borden would again work out of trouble, getting three straight ground balls, the second of which the Penn defense conceded an unearned run on, to get out of the inning.
For Borden, she picked up her first career save coming into the 4-1 game with two runners on base in the sixth inning. She saved the game for Mann who picked up the victory in her first decision of the 2012 season. Both of the runs that Detriot scored were unearned. Mann went five-plus innings, scattering six hits and allowing just one walk to go along with two strikeouts in the winning effort. Borden pitched the final two innings, allowing no hits and just the one walk.
After playing nine games in the first five full days that team has been in Florida, softball will now have a day of rest on Wednesday. The Quakers will get back into action at Fortune field on Thursday with a game against Holy Cross (9 a.m.) and a rematch with South Dakota (11 a.m.). The Quakers will then cap the Spring Break trip with two more games on Friday.