March 12, 2014
The Friars got off to an impressive start in the first game, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Kiki Baldassari (Denville, N.J.) led the inning off with a single and then stole second base. She later scored when junior Kristie Dederick (Camarillo, Calif.) singled up the middle. Freshman McKall Miller (Ashburn, Va.) also scored on the play. Next, junior Sarah Kitterman (Houston, Texas) doubled to center field, scoring both junior Kelsi Luttrell (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Dederick. Senior Kaitlyn Duval (Shrewsbury, Mass.) drove in Kitterman on a double to right center for the final run of the inning (5-0).
In the top of the second, junior Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif.) scored on a sac bunt put down by Luttrell to bring PC's lead to six.
After going down 1-2-3 in the first and second innings, Penn got on the board in the bottom of the third to make the score 6-1.
PC scored again in the fourth when Miller doubled and then scored on a double by Dederick making the score 7-1.
Penn put up a six spot in the bottom of the fifth with five hits to tie the score at seven. In the sixth the Quakers scored the go-ahead run when Alexis Sargent homered, to bring the score to 8-7 in favor of Penn.
Junior Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif.) took the loss for the Friars while Sargent picked up the win for the Quakers.
In the Friars' second game of the day, they battled in a 2-1 loss to USF. The Bulls got on the board in the bottom of the first with a home run by Kourtney Salvarola. In the top of the fourth PC tied it up at one when Miller singled up the middle to score Baldassari. Baldassari reached base on a bunt single. USF retaliated in the bottom of the inning when D'Anna Devine scored off of a double by Juli Weber. Providence battled in the fifth but were unable to generate the tying run, while leaving two runners left on base.
Huntly took the loss for the Friars (0-7) and Sara Nevins picked up the win for the Bulls (21-7.)
The Friars will remain in Florida the for the second USF Under Armour Invitational, running Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16. Providence will play games versus Iona, Buffalo, Maine, Florida A&M and Central Connecticut.
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