Softball Topped by Bucknell, Eastern Kentucky

Penn 3, Bucknell 4

Penn 2, Eastern Kentucky 10

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Penn softball team finished the first day of the Rebel Spring Games 0-2, after dropping games to Bucknell (4-3) and Eastern Kentucky (10-2). The Quakers are now 1-4 overall.

The Quakers’ tournament opener put them on the diamond with Bucknell as the home team. In the top of the first, the Bison got on the board with a sacrifice fly to centerfield that allowed the runner on third to score.

The Red and Blue tied the score in the third when Keiko Uraguchi was walked to put a runner on base with two outs. Jamie Boccanfuso then reached on an error by the second basemen that allowed Uraguchi to score.

The Bison took their second and final lead of the game when Ashley Beans hit a home run that brought in three runs and giving Bucknell a 4-1 advantage.

The Quakers added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Uraguchi doubled to left field to put a runner in scoring position. She scored off an error from the shortstop who was trying to throw out Kelsey Wolfe on first, allowing the inning to continue. Susan Miller added a single to left field, which advanced Wolfe. The Bison then opted to walk Taylor Tieman and load the passes for Bridget McDougall with two outs. Penn was unable to capitalize on the runners as the third basemen caught a foul ball to end the inning.

Penn brought the game to one in the bottom of the sixth. Sarah Patrick opened the inning with a double to center. She advanced to third when Cailyn Hennessy grounded out to shortstop. Uraguchi brought Patrick in on a single up the middle to centerfield.

With just one out from the end of the contest, Penn made a go for the game as it was down 4-3. Susan Miller was walked and Hilary Sheridan went in to pinch run. Tieman then struck out to put two outs on the board. McDougall kept the game alive when she reached first on an error that allowed Sheridan to continue to third. Unfortunately, it was a little too late as the Bisons ended the game on an infield groundout.

Uraguchi led the teams with two hits, two runs and one RBI.

In the second game of the day, the Quakers fell to Eastern Kentucky, 10-2.

The Red and Blue got out to an early lead in the top of the first. Patrick brought in Alisha Prystowsky and Uraguchi. The Colonials responded with five of their own in the first, which was enough for the win.

The Quakers are back on the diamond on Monday for back to back games with Butler (3 p.m.) and Youngstown State (5 p.m.).