Penn 5, Drexel6 (Game 1)
Penn 3, Drexel5 (Game 2)
PHILADELPHIA - The Penn softball team wasunable to overcome a five-run inning for Drexelin both games to fall, 5-6, in game one and 5-3 (five innings)in thenightcap. The Quakers now sit at 12-26-1 as they head into their final weekend of the season, while the Dragons are 21-16.
Despite holding a 12-8 advantage at the plate, the Quakers were unable to overcome the Dragon's five-run second inning. Penn got out to an early 1-0 lead with a run in the opening inning. Sarah Patrick set the tone of the game with a homer over the left field fence - her second in less then a week and third of the season.
The Dragons tied the game, 1-1 in the bottom of the second with a home run of their own. With the score 1-1, the Dragons' bats came into their own in the second inning. Drexel added five runs off five hits including a one-run homer. Following the Dragons' explosive innings, the Quakers, led by Jessie Lupardus who came in following the five runs in the second, silenced Drexel from the plate, allowing just two hits the rest of the game.
With Drexel up 6-1 on the Red and Blue, the Quakers added three more runs to the board, tightening the Drexel lead to just two. With the bases loaded, Taylor Tieman flied out to centerfield, allowing Jamie Boccanfuso on third to score. Kelsey Wolfe and Anna Puglisi crossed the plate for Penn's other two runs.
After a scoreless fifth and sixth inning from both teams, the Quakers were forced to rely on a seventh comeback. Alisha Prystowsky started the inning with a double to left field. With one out, Wolfe then singled to right field, allowing Prystowsky, who had moved up to third in the previous play, to score. The Dragons manged to get out of the inning and take the winfollowing a play at home with two outs that prevented the tying run to score and end the game.
Both Wolfe and Bridget McDugall finished game one four-for-three from the plate.
In simular fashion to the first game, the Quakers were forced to fight back from a five-run inning in the nightcap. This time, the explosive inning came in the Dragons' very first at bat.
Down 5-0, the Quakers began cracking at the lead by adding two runs in the top of the third . Patrick led the offensive drive with a double to right field. Prystowsky drove her in on a single to left field. Prystowsky then managed to swipe home when Boccanfuso opted to steal on a first-and-third play and the Dragons went for Boccanfuso at second, who was safe at the base.
In the top of the fifth, Patrick again led the Quakers at the plate, leading off the inning with a single. Patrick scored her secondrun of the game off an RBI groundout to second by Meg Krasne.
With the game 5-3 and the Quakers holding the Dragon offense to just the first inning, the game was called due to an onslaught of rain and hail, soiling Penn's plan for a comeback.
The Quakers are back on the diamond this weekend for its final round of games this season. The Red and Blue will be at Columbia on Saturday with both teams heading back to Philly for a doubleheader on Sunday.