Penn softball shut down by St. Joe's

The Quakers couldn't get going on offense in their opening home doubleheader

· March 23, 2014, 7:55 pm   ·  Updated March 23, 2014, 11:32 pm

For the first time all season, the weather was reasonable enough for Penn softball to hold a home doubleheader. Apart from this minor achievement, St. Joe’s left them with little else to be happy about.

The Hawks (11-10) dominated the Quakers (4-9) throughout the day, winning the first and second games 5-2 and 5-0, respectively.

The opening game started well enough for the Quakers — at least defensively.

Junior Alexis Borden got the start for Penn, and she was able to shut down St. Joe’s offense for the first three innings of the game.

However, the chilly weather seemed to affect Penn’s offense as well, as it was unable to capitalize on its pitcher’s strong start to the game.

The Hawks got on the board with two runs in the top of the fourth, and they were able to extend their lead to five in the next inning.

Senior Elysse Gorney was able to connect on a two-run home run in the late innings of the game, knocking in what would prove to be Penn’s only runs of the day. But it would prove to be far too little and too late.

The second game was not much different.

Led by freshman pitcher Alexis Sargent , Penn held St. Joe’s scoreless through four innings. However, the Quakers were once again unable to capitalize.

The Hawks proceeded to put the Red and Blue away with five runs in the last three innings.

The Quakers will look to regroup this week and put together a more inspired offensive performance in their doubleheader against La Salle this Wednesday.

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