PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team returned to its winning ways on Wednesday, taking down city-rival Drexel by a score of 4-2 at Penn Park. The Quakers move to 14-16 on the season, while the Dragons fall to 16-22.
Lauren Li and Mason Spichiger each put together solid efforts in the circle, with Li getting the win and Spichiger the save. Li tossed the first five, allowing just two runs and striking out three. Spichiger closed the door with two scoreless in relief.
The Quakers stuck first in the second, scoring a pair of runs of Drexel starting pitcher Tara Konopka. Leah Allen and Jurie Joyner began the rally with back-to-back singles. Following an unsuccessful steal attempt from Joyner, and a hit by pitch to Korinne Raby—Cedar Slovacek put the Red and Blue on the board with a RBI base hit through the right side. The Quakers would add one more in the frame, as Slovacek raced home on a passed ball.
Drexel struck back in the fifth, plating a pair on back-to-back RBI singles from Paula Ueno and Kai Uyesaka.
It didn’t take long for Penn to jump back ahead, with the Quakers scoring two more in the bottom half of the fifth. Sam Pederson and Kanani Datan started the inning with consecutive singles, while Li legged out a fielder’s choice to load the bases with no outs. Following an Allen pop-out, Joyner delivered the game-winning runs with a base hit up the middle—scoring both Pederson and Datan.
The Quakers will head to Princeton this weekend for a vital four-game set against the Tigers. Penn enters the weekend two games back of its South Division rival, with 12 Ivy contests left.