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Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania softball team wrapped up play on Warren Field by dropping a pair of games to University City rival Drexel, 8-5 and 3-0, this afternoon. The Dragons capitalized on defensive mistakes by the Quakers whose eight errors on the day resulted in six unearned runs.
Trailing 8-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Brandi King sparked a three-run rally in the inning by opening the frame with a single up the middle. Meghan Cowen then singled for the Quakers (13-22) and junior Jen Nichols followed by blasting her third home run of the season to left field, pulling Penn within two runs. But the rally fell short as Drexel (15-14) came away with the 8-5 win.
The Dragons opened the scoring in first inning as Amanda Hastings scored on a single by pitcher Elizabeth Fuller. The Dragons added a pair of runs in the top of the third after two costly errors by the Penn defense and pulled ahead 5-0 in the top of the fifth inning as Bri Brown hit a two-run home run. The Quakers earned the runs back in the bottom half of the inning thanks to Nichols. With a runner on first and the Dragons defense anticipating a bunt, Nichols poked the ball through the right side which then rolled all the way to the centerfield fence, allowing Cowen to score and Nichols to reach third a stand-up triple. Nichols then attempted to steal home and got caught in a run down, but a miscue by Drexel allowed her to slide safely into the dish. Drexel responded an inning later by plating three runs in the top of the seventh to pull ahead, 8-2.
Lindsey Permar took the loss lasting only 2.1 innings. Rachel Mowry pitched four innings in relief striking out four batters. Fuller pitched a complete game scattering six hits and striking out four batters.
Drexel again got on the board first and never relinquished its lead as it jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning of game two. The Dragons added its third and final run of the game in the top of the third inning as Brown crossed the plate after a throwing error. Senior Kara Eyre tossed 2.1 innings giving up three runs, one earned, and striking out two batters before leaving the game after being struck in the leg with a comebacker. Ann Ferracane pitched 4.2 scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts. Kara VanWert pitched the complete game shutout for Drexelallowing just five hits and striking out four batters.
Nichols finished the day a combined 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored, while Casey Hare went 2-for-3 in game two of the twin bill.
The Quakers conclude the 2005 season as they travel Brown on April 23 and Yale on April 24.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant