PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team struggled to find momentum and dropped a single contest to neighbor Drexel, 8-0, in the late afternoon on Wednesday. The Dragons scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early. The Quakers will get back to work to prepare for the biggest weekend of the season so far as they host Princeton with the Ivy South Division title on the line.
Penn 0, Drexel 8
WP: Taylor Lee (11-9), 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
LP: Alexis Borden (7-10), 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Out of the gate, senior captain Sydney Turchin led off the game with a single and a stolen base, giving Penn momentum right away. It was short lived, however, as the next three batters went down in order.
Going into the bottom of the second scoreless, Drexel got on the scoreboard, scoring four runs in the half. Centerfielder Leticia Matsuoka led off with a double up the middle, and the Dragons capitalized on the momentum and opportunities given, as the Quakers were charged with two errors.
After a scoreless third, the Red and Blue looked to finally get on the board when junior captain Lauren Li hit a double to left center in the top of the fourth with one out and freshman Jurie Joyner followed with a single to third base. The runners moved into score position after sophomore Cedar Slovacek grounded out but both were stranded when Drexel pitcher Taylor Lee threw her third strikeout of the game.
The Dragons added one more in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead 5-0 and added three more in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early.
Download: Drexel Boxscore.pdf