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CLEARWATER, Fla. – It was quite a day for the University of Pennsylvania softball team, as the Quakers (1-3) won their first game of the season in walk-off fashion. Playing in the USF Under Armour Showcase at the Eddie C. Moore Complex on Saturday, the Red and Blue topped Maine 5-4 in the eighth inning to end day two in celebration. Earlier that morning, Penn fell behind to Dayton by five in the second and were unable to catch up to the Flyers, dropping the morning contest 8-2. More opportunities to add Ws to the win column await the Quakers, as they continue play in the tournament on Sunday with Wagner at 9 a.m. and Central Michigan at 11:15 a.m.
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Game 1 – Dayton (5-4)
WP: Manda Cash (3-1), 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9K
LP: Alexis Borden (0-2), 2.0 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
After a quick first inning, back-to-back hits in the top of the second supplied the Flyers with a spark that they would use to their advantage. With two runners on first and second, a 2-2 count, and two outs, Dayton’s Kennedy Haynes singled through the left side and knocked in a run for the 1-0 lead. A walk to the next batter loaded the bases and Flyer Natalie Mariano cleared the deck with a bomb that hit the top of the fence and bounced over for a 5-0 lead. Not allowing anymore, senior Alexis Borden ended the inning with a strikeout.
The Quakers were hoping to respond with runs of their own and started the inning off with a pair of base hits from sophomore Alexis Sargent and freshman Jurie Joyner but three straight strikeouts ended the home half.
Junior Amanda Gisonni replaced Borden in the third inning, but Dayton wasn’t done scoring as the Flyers added three more for an 8-0 lead.
The Red and Blue weren’t able to make anything happen until their final chance in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore Lainey Dorris led off and was hit by the fourth pitch. She remained on first until senior captain Sydney Turchin singled to left field. With two on and two outs, junior captain Lauren Li hit a hard ball down the right field line that traveled all the way back to the far corner of the field, resulting in a triple and allowing both Dorris and Turchin to score. It was all the Quakers would get as they trailed, 8-2.
Both teams went down in order until the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and the top of the order up, Turchin looked to bring a spark to the team after reaching first via a walk. However, the game ended on a groundout with the next batter.
Game 2 – Maine (5-8)
WP: Alexis Borden (1-2), 8.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
LP: Erin Bogdanovich (0-3), 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Trailing by one through three innings, junior Korinne Raby started the bottom of the fourth off with a bang, cracking a base hit through the left side on an 0-2 count. Freshman Jurie Joyner followed with a single of her own that traveled down the left line and sophomore Cedar Slovacek approached the plate with two on and no outs. Laying down a sac bunt, Maine’s third baseman Shelby Obert came in to make the play but couldn’t handle the ball and Slovacek reached the bag safely on the error. The first out of the inning came from the next at bat, when sophomore Alexis Sargent pinch hit and blasted a ball to center field. It was just short of clearing the wall, but the sac fly allowed pinch runners freshmen Hayley Metcalf and Katie Petroski to advance a base. Still in the bottom of the fourth and tied at 1-1, senior captain Sydney Turchin supplied the final two runs the Red and Blue would score after doubling to left center.
The 3-1 lead was the first of the trip; however Maine chipped away at the lead with solo shots in the fifth a sixth and by the end of the seventh the score remained tied, 3-3.
Beginning the eighth inning with a runner on second, the Black Bears threatened to score after moving runners to second and third. On the next at bat, Maine scored on a sac fly and looked to keep things going with two outs and a runner a third; but a short pop up to freshman Molly Oretsky at third ended the Black Bears’ chances of scoring anymore.
Needing at least one to stay alive, sophomore Lainey Dorris took second as junior captain Lauren Li went to the plate. Hoping to stay hot with her at bats, Li smacked the ball on a 2-0 count in what looked to be a routine play in the outfield. However, Maine’s center fielder looked to have tried to throw the ball before she had completed the catch and Li reached first and advanced the second, while Dorris went to third. With no outs and runners in scoring position, sophomore Leah Allen came to the plate. After a ball, Allen got a good look at her second pitch and hit the ball up the middle, bouncing past the pitcher and short stop for the walk-off win.
Download: Dayton boxscore.pdf