Penn 4, UT-Martin 1 Box Score
Butler 7, Penn 0 Box Score
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - For the third time this season, the Penn softball team won the first game of a doubleheader before dropping the second. On Sunday, the Quakers opened the Rebel Spring Games by defeating Tennessee-Martin 4-1 before falling to Butler, 7-0.
Freshman Jessie Lupardus was on the mound for the Quakers in the first game, and was just as impressive as she had been in her first three outings.
Despite several early chances to score, the Quakers let UT-Martin get on the board first when Ashley Benbow singled in the first inning and scored on Laurie Lindow's double. Penn answered in the top of the fourth, though, when freshman Taylor Tieman led off with a double. After freshman Alisha Prystowsky bunted her over, Tieman scored on a single by Susan Miller.
Penn took the lead in the fifth inning when Annie Kinsey led off with a scorching double to right-center field. Keiko Uraguchi bunted her over to third, and after Christina Khosravi struck out, Tieman came through again with a smash up the middle that hit off the pitcher but could not be fielded in time to prevent the Quakers from taking the lead.
In the top of the seventh, the Quakers got two big insurance runs, again thanks to the hot hitting of Tieman. After Khosravi walked and Kelsey Wolfe struck out, Tieman blasted her first collegiate home run deep over the left-center field fence. The ball nearly made it to the baseball fence set up far beyond the temporary barrier put in for the softball tournament.
Those four runs were all Lupardus needed. The freshman continued to impress, scattering five hits and just the one run while striking out eight. She improved to 3-1 on the season as Penn bumped their record to 3-2.
The Quakers could not carry over the timely hitting to Game Two, though. Butler took advantage of several costly Penn errors, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and 5-0 after four. Penn managed just five hits off the Bulldogs' Kristie Malinkey, two of which came from sophomore Keiko Uraguchi.
Junior Emily Denstedt was saddled with the loss despite giving up just 2 earned runs over four-and-a-third innings.
Penn will be back in action tomorrow afternoon. At 1 p.m., they will take on UT-Martin again. At 3 p.m., they will face off with IPFW in the Quakers' second day at the Rebel Spring Games.