KISSIMMEE, Fla. - After splitting their first three doubleheaders of the season, the Penn softball team finally put everything together on Monday as they defeated both IPFW and Butler on the second day of the Rebel Spring Games. After falling behind 3-0, Penn stormed back with three in the sixth and one in the eighth to defeat IPFW. They then shut out the Bulldogs who had done the same to them a day earlier, winning 4-0.
Penn fell behind 2-0 in the second inning of the first game, and dropped another run in the fourth. It was not looking promising for a team that had yet to come from behind this season, but the Quakers showed their mettle in the sixth inning, tying the score with three runs. After Christina Khosravi and Taylor Tieman led off with back-to-back singles, Alisha Prystowsky got Penn on the board with a line shot to left-center that went for a double, scoring Khosravi.
After Kelsey Wolfe popped out and Hilary Sheridan struck out, Diana Ark pulled the Quakers even with a double into right-center field that brought home both Tieman and Prystowsky.
Penn could do nothing in the seventh, but IPFW couldn't muster anything either off the Quakers' Tory Satagaj, so the game went to extra innings. Throughout the Rebel Spring Games, teams agreed to play with a tiebreaker rule that placed the last out of the previous inning on second base to begin each extra inning. As a result, Khosravi, who had flown out to end the seventh, started the inning on second base. After Tieman grounded out, Prystowsky hit a hard grounder that the shortstop couldn't handle. It got through the infield and Khosravi scored, giving Penn a slim one-run advantage.
On came Jessie Lupardus to close down the game. It didn't look like it was going to happen quickly, though, as an error by Annie Kinsey put runners on the corners with no one out for IPFW. Beatrice Pedraza then stole second, and Amanda Olender reached on an error by Taylor Tieman, loading the bases with no one out.
After that, though, Lupardus buckled down. She got both Ty Lambert and Sarah Swanson to strike out swinging, leaving Abby Liden as IPFW's last hope. Liden, who was 0-for-3 on the day, made it 0-for-4 when she popped out to Kelsey Wolfe, who secured the out and the win in foul territory just beyond first base.
Lupardus stayed on the hill against Butler and held the Bulldogs to just three hits after they had tacked seven runs on the Quakers the day before.
Penn jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Tieman led off with a single to right andWolfe followed with a single to right-center. After Prystowsky singled to load the bases, Diana Ark drew a walk to force in a run and give the Quakers the lead. Keiko Uraguchi then hit a slow roller that the shortstop fielded deep in the hole. Although she was able to beat Prystowsky to third base, Wolfe scored to make it 2-0 Penn.
It stayed that way until the fifth inning, when Kinsey led off with a sharp single to left-center and Khosravi followed by drawing a walk. Tieman reaced on an error by the shortstop to load the bases.
With the sacks full, Wolfe stepped up and hit a high pop up into shallow left-center field. Lindsay Schluge couldn't handle the high pop, though, and the ball hit off her glove. Fortunately for Butler, it deflected straight to second base, where the shortstop picked it up and stepped on the bag to force Tieman. Kinsey scampered home, though, and Penn was up 3-0. A sharp single up the middle by Prystowsky brought home Khosravi to give Lupardus and the Quakers a 4-0 cushion.
Four runs were more than enough for Lupardus, who gave up just three hits and two walks to the Bulldogs while going the distance. Lupardus is now 4-1 on the season, and also picked up the save in the first game. Satagaj earned the win against IPFW, her first collegiate victory to improve her record to 1-0. Satagaj struck out two and gave up just one hit in three innings of work against IPFW.
Penn is back in action at 9 a.m. tomorrow when they take on Robert Morris. They will also play at 1 p.m. against Tennessee-Martin, who the Quakers beat 4-1 yesterday.