Softball Drops Two to Drexel

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

PHILADELPHIA – The Quakers were swept by city rival Drexel today, losing 8-2 and 18-4 in the doubleheader. With the losses, Penn fell to 21-15 overall.

In the first game, the Dragons got on the board in the second inning, when a walk, followed by two singles and a sac fly put them up 1-0. In the fourth, Drexel scored five more runs on six singles, going up 6-0. And in the top of the six, two more walks by Penn’s pitchers were brought in on a two-run double, giving the Dragons an 8-0 lead. The Quakers finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Stephanie Reichert led off the inning with a single, and was followed by singles from junior Christina Khosravi and senior Julia Cheney. Senior Melissa Haffner was up next, and was hit by a pitch, bringing Khosravi home. Senior Susan McIlvaine grounded out to the shortstop, but it was enough to bring home Reichert, and Penn was on the board, 8-2. Three quick outs in the bottom of the seven spelled the end for the Quakers, and Drexel won, 8-2.

Senior Erin Boyle got the loss for the Quakers, as she pitched three innings, giving up one run. Senior Olivia Mauro closed the game for Penn, pitching 3.2 innings, giving up four hits and two runs. Reichert led the team on offense with two hits and a run scored. Haffner and McIlvaine brought in the only two RBI for the Quakers.

In the second game, the Red and Blue rested their pitchers, giving freshman Justine Wilson her first start of the year. She started off on the right note, striking out Drexel’s lead off batter, but walked the next batter. A single and a bases-clearing double put the Dragons up, 2-0 early in the game. The Quakers came back in the bottom of the first, as junior Annie Kinsey had a single to lead off the inning. Teresa Leyden was up next, and reached on an error. Reichert was walked to load the bases, and Kinsey came home on a passed ball by Drexel’s catcher. Leyden scored on an illegal pitch by Drexel’s starter, and the game was tied, 2-2. In the second inning, the Dragons did their damage. A runner reached on an error, and three walks brought in a run. Another error scored a run, followed by two singles and a double. In all, Drexel scored eight runs, taking a 10-2 lead in the top of the second. Penn scored twice more in the bottom of the third, when Drexel’s pitcher walked five batters, cutting the lead to 10-4. It would be the last time Penn crossed the plate. The Dragons scored eight more runs before the game was over, including two home runs, giving them an 18-4 win over Penn.

Kinsey went 1-for-1 in the loss, with two runs scored. Brandi King and Kaelin Ainley were credited with an RBI each for the Quakers. Freshman Justine Wilson and Susan Miller split time on the mound, with Wilson earning the loss for Penn.
With the losses, Penn fell to 21-15 on the season, while Drexel improved to 13-11. Up next, the Quakers will travel to Princeton this weekend, for doubleheaders both Saturday and Sunday.