Softball Rallies Past Drexel, 8-7

Penn 8, Drexel 7 Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - Softball came back from two separate deficits on Wednesday night to defeat Drexel, 8-7, in non-conference action. The Quakers (24-14) trailed the Dragons (18-20) by three runs after three innings and one run going into the bottom of the sixth, but used two more runs in the bottom half of the sixth to finally cement the victory. This win firmly plants the 2012 team in second place on the all-time wins list at Penn, just two off the program record of 26 set in 2008.

The Quakers got off to the quick start in game one as Mikenzie Voves set the Dragons down in order during the first, while Penn scored twice in the bottom half. After a Sydney Turchin single was erased, Jessica Melendez got the inning restarted with a single into left field. Brooke Coloma would then open the scoring with a two-run home run to left-center, her third home run of the season, giving Penn a 2-0 advantage.

Drexel responded with two of its own in the top of the second. The Dragons loaded the bases with a walk and one-out single and walk. An infield single and walk would bring home the two runs, but Penn would cut down a run at the plate on a grounder to short and escape the jam with a second grounder to short.

The Quakers managed just a Karina Rios single in the bottom of the second and Drexel put three more on the board in the top of the third. After a quick out, Drexel loaded the bases with a double, walk and infield single. Another single back through the middle would bring home one run, while the cut-off throw to the plate did not connect and two more runs came around, giving the Dragons a 5-2 lead.

Both starters seemed to be settling in around the halfway point as Jessica O'Hara worked around a Coloma single with two outs in the third, while Voves set down the Dragons in succession for the second time in the fourth. However, Penn would get back in the game and take the lead in the bottom of the fourth.

Rios singled with one out to get the inning started. After a groundout moved her into scoring position, a Stephanie Caso single through the left side put runners on the corners. Turchin singled to bring home the first run of the inning, while Gorney singled and a second run came around to score on a throwing error on the infield hit. With runners on second and third, Melendez would give Penn the lead with her two-RBI double into the left-centerfield gap, as Penn grabbed the 6-5 lead.

Drexel would tie the game at 6-6 in the top of the fifth after a leadoff walk came around to score on two-out triple. Penn would threaten in the bottom of the fifth with a Samantha Erosa walk and Rios single, but Penn would be unable to push the go-ahead run across.

The Quakers went to Alexis Borden in the sixth inning. The first batter she faced reached on a bunt single. She would get the next two hitters on a groundout that moved the runner up and strikeout to put two away. A passed ball with two-outs would prove costly as later in that at-bat Drexel singled into left, taking the 7-6 lead.

The Quakers responded again in the bottom of the sixth. Turchin singled on the infield and Gorney followed that up with a bunt single. A pop-up on the infield was then misplayed as Penn loaded the bases with nobody out. Coloma would bring home the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Turchin. Georgia Guttadauro would then bring home the eventual game-winning run on her single back through the middle, giving Penn the 8-7 lead heading to the last frame.

From there, Borden got the first out of the seventh swinging and followed that up with a fly out to right. She would then lock down the win with her second strikeout of the inning. In the process, she secured her 16th victory of the season, finishing her two innings with just the unearned run on two hits.

Offensively, the Quakers pounded out a season-high 16 hits in this game. Six players, including each of the top five hitters in the lineup had multi-hit games. Eight players total recorded a hit in the winning effort. Turchin and Rios each had three hits. In addition to her two hits, Coloma finished the game with three RBI, while Melendez added two more.

Penn will now be back in action this Friday and Saturday after a schedule change due to weather. The Quakers will now host first-place Cornell this Friday and Saturday. Friday's doubleheader will begin at 4 p.m., while Saturday's first pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The Quakers currently trail the Big Red by two games in the South Division.