PHILADELPHIA - Sydney Turchin delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh as softball came away with a 3-2 win in the final non-conference game of the season Wednesday night at Penn Park. The Quakers (28-15) were down 2-0 heading into the sixth, but would tie the game in that inning before Turchin's game-winning hit the following inning.
Alexis Borden pitched the final four innings in relief to pick up her 19th victory of the season. She allowed just one unearned run during her time in the circle. She came on in relief of Mikenzie Voves, who started and went three innings, allowing just one unearned run in her outing.
Delaware threatened early with runners on first and second following a single and defensive misplay. However, the Quakers turned a double play on the clean-up hitter in the Blue Hens' lineup as she grounded to Kayla Dahlerbruch at third. Dahlerbruch tagged third before throwing to first to complete the double play and help Penn get out of the inning.
In the second, Delaware would break onto the scoreboard first. After a leadoff single, the Blue Hens followed that up with a one-out single that got away from the Penn outfield, allowing the runner to score all the way from first. Penn was unable to get anything off of Delaware starter Chenxi Jiao through two innings and trailed, 1-0, heading to the third.
For the second straight inning, the Blue Hens put the leadoff runner on with a single in the third. Another one-out single put runners on first and second. Delaware would show bunt in the next at-bat, putting the Penn defense in rotation, and successfully execute the double steal. With runners on second and third, Voves would get out of the jam by striking out the next hitter and inducing a grounder to short to prevent any runs.
Penn would get its first hit of the night on a Stephanie Caso double over the left fielder's head, but Jiao would again hold Penn off the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Borden came on in the top of the fourth and set down Delaware in succession in her first inning of work; however, Penn was still unable to solve Delaware's hurler through the first four innings.
The Blue Hens again put the leadoff runner on in the fifth after working a walk. The runner would advance to second on a wild pitch with one out. Both of Penn's first two outs in the fourth came on Borden strikeouts. With two outs, the Blue Hens went for the steal of third and scored their second unearned run of the night when the throw went into left field. In the bottom half, Samantha Erosa singled into center with one out, but again Delaware held Penn off the scoreboard.
After Borden set down the Blue Hens in order in the sixth, the Quakers would finally breakthrough in the bottom half of the inning. Back-to-back singles by Turchin and Elysse Gorney put the first two on, while a Dahlerbruch walk loaded up the bases with nobody out. After a long battle at the plate, Brooke Coloma smashed a line drive right at the shortstop for the first out. Jessica Melendez would then bring the first run of the game home with her RBI single into left field. Georgia Guttadauro then tied the game with a deep fly into right that scored the run from third.
In the top of the seventh, Delaware would single to start the inning and bunt that runner into scoring position, but Borden got the next two hitters to give the Quakers a chance to come away with the win. With one out, Karina Rios doubled into the left-center field gap and advanced to third on a wild pitch. This set this stage for Turchin, who singled back through the middle for her second walk-off at-bat of the season, lifting Penn to the 3-2 victory.
After being shut down for most of the first five innings, Penn managed five hits and three runs in the final two innings while Delaware made just four defensive outs during that time with the walk-off hit coming with one out. Penn finished with seven hits as a team with Turchin as the only Quaker with two. Penn's pitching scattered eight hits over its seven innings between Voves and Borden.
The Quakers will get back into Ivy League play with the final regular season series this weekend against Columbia. They will be home for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Friday and make the trip to New York City Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. start time.