Drexel 7, Penn 0 (game 1)
Drexel 8, Penn 2 (game 2)
PHILADELPHIA - In a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday afternoon, the Penn softball team struggled to get the bats going, falling toDrexel, 7-0 and 8-2. The Quakers dropped to 13-20 on the season while the Dragons improved to 17-17.
In game one, Penn managed just three hits off Drexel starter Hillary Allen (10-7), coming from senior Keiki Uraguchi, junior Alisha Prystowsky, and freshman Jess Arneson.
A number of called illegal pitches rattled the Penn pitching staff early on, as the Dragons scored three in the first off three hits and two balks, including one that scored a runner.
They added another off starter Lindsay Mann in the third on Caitlyn Gravenor's single. In the fourth, Cailyn Hennessey relieved the freshman while Drexel stretched the score to 6-0.
Drexel's Katy Harrington drove in Laura Stagliano in the sixth for the final run of the game.
Mann took the loss, throwing three innings and allowing seven hits, five runs, and five walks. Out of the bullpen, Hennessy tossed four frames, giving up five hits and two runs.
In a dreary nightcap, the Quakers were limited to four hits, one apiece coming from junior Kelsey Wolfe, and freshmen Bridget Ellsworth, Stephanie Caso, and Sam Erosa.
Drexel again struck early, scoring one in the first inning and two in the second. They tacked on two more unanswered runs in the fourth for a 5-0 lead.
Hennessy played the role of reliever again in the fifth, taking over for starter Taylor Tieman. The southpaw threw three hitless innings before the Dragons rallied again in the seventh, capping the day with three more runs.
Making a late dash in the bottom of the frame, Penn plated two on Erosa's double to right-centerfield, scoring Ellsworth and pinch runner Bridget McDugall.
Drexel's Shyann Beach earned the win out of the bullpen, while Tieman took the loss, throwing five innings and allowing eight hits, five runs (two earned), four walks, while striking out four. Hennessy was credited with four hits, three runs, and a walk in two innings of work.
The Quakers are back in action this weekend when they travel to face Ivy rival Princeton in a four-game series. They will play a doubleheader on both Friday and Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m.