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Softball beats Charleston 6-4 and ties Villanova 8-8

The Drexel University softball team is 10-11-2 on the season and 3-3-0 in Colonial Athletic Association conference play. After losing a doubleheader against the College of Charleston March 30, the Dragons came back to defeat Charleston March 31 then tie Villanova University April 3. (Photograph courtesy of Drexel Athletics)

The Drexel University softball team returned from spring break with matches against both the College of Charleston March 31 and Villanova University April 3. In the first game, Drexel showed a high amount of resilience with a 6-4 win over Charleston, and continued that level of play with an 8-8 tie with Villanova.

Against Charleston, Drexel started off the match with a RBI single by freshman Kristi DiMeo, driving in sophomore Linda Rush. However, the Cougars responded with their own RBI single, tying the game at 1-1. Later in the game, Rush had her own chance to drive in runs, as she hit a three-run home run to make the score 4-1. DiMeo got into the mix again with a sacrifice fly to drive a fifth run.

Charleston responded, however, by hitting a double and groundout to advance runners to home, cutting the Dragons’ lead to three. However, Drexel came back the next inning to increase their lead by one with a double by Rush. The Cougars were given one more chance to come back, but were unable to do so, sealing the deal for Drexel.

Senior Katie Haley pitched a complete game and got a win to improve her record to 5-3.

The Dragons moved on to face Villanova a few days later. The game started off with the Wildcats getting to an early 4-0 lead with a couple of hits and a hit-by-pitch. Drexel quickly took over the lead in the third inning with a seven run inning. DiMeo, junior Taylor M. Lee and freshman Elena Woulfe all hit RBI doubles to drive in two runs. Freshman Reilly Jo Swanson hit a RBI single to take the lead at 5-4. Junior Jenelle Ladrido ended the parade of runs in the third inning with a two run double, increasing Drexel’s lead to three.

In the fifth inning, Drexel drove in a safety run to make the score 8-4. However, Villanova figured out how to come back from the deficit and score four runs before the weather ended the game early at a 8-8 tie.

Drexel were scheduled to host Delaware State University in a doubleheader April 5, but it was cancelled. They will welcome Towson University for a doubleheader April 6 beginning at 1 p.m. and again April 8 for a single game scheduled for 12 p.m.