CLEARWATER, Fla. – Finally playing under clear skies on Sunday at the Eddie C. Moore Complex, the University of Pennsylvania softball team went 2-0 on the day after defeating both Wagner and Central Michigan by one run. The Quakers (3-3) first topped the Seahawks 2-1 and then followed it up with a 1-0 win over the Chippewas, scoring all of their runs in the first inning. The Red and Blue have now ended the USF Under Armour Showcase but will remain in Florida to play five more games, starting back up on Tuesday.
Quick Tournament Notes:
- Overall 3-3 (better than last year’s record at this time)
- Have scored at least one run a game
- Played in two extra inning contests, winning one and losing one
- Borden has thrown 30 strikeouts across 25 innings
- Li is batting .389 with a five-game hit streak
Game 1 – Wagner (4-5)
WP: Alexis Sargent (1-0), 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
LP: Sam Bedker (0-3), 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Leading off, senior captain Sydney Turchin got right down to business in the opening inning against Wagner and recorded a base hit that went through the left side. A walk to freshman Hayley Metcalf put two runners on, but the Seahawks chipped away at the Red and Blue’s early momentum and left sophomore Alexis Sargent at the plate with two outs. It didn’t take long for Sargent to get something going as she nailed her first pitch out to right center for a double, knocking in Turchin and junior captain Lauren Li. It was all they would get but it later proved to be all they needed.
In the home half of the first with Sargent in the circle, Wagner threatened to score with bases loaded; but on a 1-2 count, Sargent ended the Seahawks chances by sending the batter swinging. They continued to try to get into business, having runners in scoring position at third and first with two outs in the second. While a groundout ended their chances, Wagner safely brought one home in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to just one.
After a lead-off double by sophomore Emily Stinnett, Penn found a spark and ran with it, putting runners at third and second with just one out. A pick-off at third and a walk later, the Quakers once again had two runners on when Li singled to left field. Turchin tried making it home from second but was out in a close call at the plate.
The Seahawks continued to pressure the Red and Blue, but the defense proved to be strong. In the bottom of the seventh, freshman Jurie Joyner made an exciting first out off a pop up at the plate that knocked her off her feet. Fellow freshmen Hayley Metcalf and Katie Petroski secured the win with outs of their own.
Game 2 – Central Michigan (4-10)
WP: Alexis Borden (2-2), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K
LP: Taylor Weaver (0-1), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Penn’s contest with Wagner wasn’t going to be the only nail biter of the day as the match up with Central Michigan proved to be just as “edge of your seat” exciting as the one before.
Once again, Sargent supplied the go-ahead run in the top of the first on a single up the middle, allowing sophomore Leah Allen to make it home from second.
Senior Alexis Borden took the circle, where she let up a hit but threw three strikeouts in-a-row to end the inning. Both teams continued to tried and find ways to get on base but neither could get into a rhythm to score.
The Chippewas had their final chance in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and a runner on first. After throwing three straight balls, Borden threw a strike for the 3-1 count and the batter popped up the next pitch for the final out.
Download: Central Michigan1 boxscore.pdf