Softball Takes First Win in Walk-Off Fashion vs. Stetson

Jacksonville 9, Penn 0 (6 Innings) Box Score

Penn 3, Stetson 2 (9 innings) Box Score

ORLANDO, Fla. - Penn softball picked up its first win of the 2012 campaign Saturday afternoon with a walk-off single by Brooke Coloma in the bottom of the ninth inning against Stetson (10-4), highlight the second day's action at the UCF Invitational. Using the international tiebreaker rules, the Quakers did not concede a run in the eighth or ninth, despite a runner starting on second with nobody out each inning. This would set the stage for Coloma's walk-off game-winner in the bottom half of the ninth. To open the day, Penn dropped a 9-0 game to Jacksonville (9-9).

Jacksonville 9, Penn 0

Opening the day against Jacksonville, Penn held the Dolphins off the scoreboard for all but two innings. However, Jacksonville would make those two innings count, scoring five runs in the second and scoring four more in the sixth inning.

Making her first collegiate start, after coming on in relief yesterday, Jen Retzer looked solid out of the gates as she retired the side in order, but her counterpart, Dale Townsend, was also up to the challenge and set the Penn order down in succession in her half of the first.

The second inning for Jacksonville started off with a walk and single, but Retzer would get the third batter to pop-up the bunt attempt for the first out of the inning. A single back through the middle brought home one and the Dolphins then loaded the bases on a hit by pitch. The Quakers got an infield fly for the second out of the inning, but could not escape the big inning as Jacksonville singled and had a three-RBI double to clear the bases and put up five runs for the inning. Lindsay Mann came on in relieft after the double and struck out her first batter that she faced to get Penn out of the inning.

In the bottom of the second, Kristen Johnson singled with one out for Penn's first hit of the game. Stephanie Caso singled two batters later with two outs. However, both runners would be stranded on the base paths. In the top of third, Mann went back to work and did not allow a ball out of the infield and struck out one batter to keep Jacksonville at bay.

Elysse Gorney beat out an infield single with one out in the third and stole second, putting a runner in scoring position with one out, but Townsend would buckle down and get the next two hitters in the Penn order. In the top of the fourth, Mann found herself in a jam after back-to-back one out singles loaded the bases, but she would force two consecutive infield flies to escape the jam.

The Quakers put two more runners on in the bottom of that inning. Johnson tried to get a rally going, drawing the leadoff walk, and Jessica Melendez followed that at-bat up with a single into centerfield, putting runners on first and second with one out. However, they would again be stranded right where they were. In the top of the fifth, Mann was again there to keep the Jacksonville offense from widening the lead as she retired the side in order for the second time in her first three full innings. Through her first 3.1 innings, Mann did not concede a run during that time.

Sydney Turchin started off the bottom of the fifth with a line smash right off the pitcher to give Penn another leadoff runner. However, she would be cut down on a fielder's choice. With two outs and a runner still on first, Kayla Dahlerbruch ripped a line drive right at the third baseman, who made the catch to retire side.

In the top of the sixth, Jacksonville geared up for another big inning, using five singles and one double to score four more runs. Retzer reentered the game with runners on first and third that inning and allowed a single to her first batter, but got Penn out of the inning with two fly outs. In the bottom of the sixth, the Quakers went down in order and the game was shortened due to the run rule.

Penn 3, Stetson 2 (9 Innings)

The game between Stetson and Penn started out as a pitcher's duel with neither side able to crack the scoreboard in the first five innings. Even when the game went to extra innings, both sides had difficulty getting a runner across using the international tiebreaker rules.

Getting the start in the circle, Mikenzie Voves allowed a bunt single to lead off the game, but that runner was caught stealing by Jessica Arneson during the next at-bat and Voves would not allow another runner in the inning. Turchin and Dahlerbruch each singled in the bottom of the first to put two runners on base, however, Penn was unable to score.

In the second, Stetson put runners on second and third with nobody out, but another ball would not leave the infield as Voves settled down and stranded both the runners. In the bottom half, Penn tried to put together a two-out rally when Bridget Ellsworth reached base on an error. Caso and Turchin would follow that at-bat with singles, but Penn would leave the bases loaded in the second.

In the third and fourth innings, the pitching really began to take over as Voves made it eight straight outs, going back to the second inning, on balls that didn't leave the infield. However, all Penn could produce was a walk during that span. In Stetson's half of the fifth, the Hatters would work two walks, but Voves would strand them both.

Like the first inning, Turchin and Dahlerbruch both singled, putting runners on the corners with one out in the fifth. After Laura Placentra, who was on to run for Dahlerbruch, stole second, Coloma was intentionally walked. Another strikeout put two away, but this time Georgia Guttadauro would come away with the clutch two-out hit, plating both Turchin and Placentra, and giving Penn the 2-0 lead.

Two singles, sandwiched around a double, brought home one in the Hatters' sixth. This brought Alexis Borden out of the bullpen with Penn's lead cut to one. She conceded a sacrifice fly to her first batter and Stetson would load the bases, but eventually Penn's freshman hurler would get out of the inning with a swinging strikeout, leaving the score at 2-2.

In Penn's sixth, the Quakers only runner would be cut down on a caught stealing to end the inning. Stetson would strand one runner after a one-out single in the top of the seventh. In the bottom half, Penn was retired in order, forcing the game to extra innings.

Heading to the eighth, Stetson started with a runner on second with the tiebreak rules. She would advance the runner to third, tagging up on an outfield fly, but Borden would induce the infield pop and take the third out herself via the strikeout, keeping Stetson off the board. In Penn's eighth, Coloma was placed on second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. However, Stetson cut down the run at home on a tag with one out and escaped the inning with a strikeout.

In stetson's ninth, the Hatters also had a runner on third with no out after a wild pitch, but Borden would work around that and a walk, forcing a short fly to the outfield, an infield pop-up, and getting the third out on a strikeout to again put Penn in position to win.

This time, the Quakers would take advantage. Ellsworth started the inning on second and was moved to third on a successful sacrifice bunt by Caso. Turchin was intentionally walked and took second on the defensive indifference. After another short fly was unable to score the run, Dahlerbruch was walked to load the bases. With two down and the bases full, Coloma singled back through the middle, bringing home the game-winning run and securing Penn's first victory of the year in walk-off fashion as Ellsworth came home with the winning run.

For the game, Turchin went three-for-three with another two walks at the top of the order. Dahlerbruch added a pair of hits, reaching base a third time on a walk. Voves went five-plus innings in her start, allowing just the two earned runs. Borden allowed just one hit over the last four innings, striking out five in the process for the first win of her collegiate career. The Quakers finished the game with eight hits and were very patient at the plate, drawing six walks.

Penn have a chance to avenge its loss to Jacksonville today when the two squads meet again tomorrow for Penn's final game at the UCF Invitational. That rematch will take place at the newly scheduled time of 12 p.m. noon.