The Drexel University softball team opened up play April 25-26 with a split in a doubleheader against Towson University. In the first game, pitcher Taylor Lee went the full seven innings despite losing the Dragons losing the game 4-3. The Dragons were down early 3-0 after giving up a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth.
Things finally got rolling for the team when Baeley Reed hit a leadoff double in the top of the fifth, followed by an infield single by Vanessa Lightfoot. The bases were loaded when Paula Ueno hit her own single. The Dragons got two runners across the plate when Towson committed an error, overthrowing second base while trying to get a force out on Ueno.
Still trailing by one, 3-2, Drexel tied up the game courtesy of a solo home run by Sylvia Llamas. But the glimmer of hope was short-lived; Towson hit a sacrifice fly for the lead and the 4-3 win.
The team had much more success in the second game of the doubleheader.
Things got off to a flying start as Alyssa Williamson singled in a run to put the Dragons up, 1-0. The team doubled its lead in the fifth inning when Ueno hit a clutch two out RBI single. The Dragons then doubled their new, two-run lead with yet another two-out RBI single thanks to Baeley Reed.
With the game seemingly finished, the team did not let up in the seventh inning. Leticia Matsuoka hit an RBI double to put the team up 5-0, and Kim Chan singled in two more runs for a seven spot.
On the other side of the team, Lee went out for a second time and pitched the full seven innings.
Drexel went up against Towson for the third time the following day. This time the Tigers figured out Lee and Drexel, taking the rubber match and the series.
Things got off to a rough start when Lee surrendered a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth, followed by a grand slam home run two innings later.
On the other side of the ball, the team’s offensive stagnated throughout the game, failing to score a run. Towson’s Missy McCormick completely shut down Drexel’s offensive game, only allowing four hits through six innings. Gabriela Kuroda provided the only extra base hit with her double.
The series featured pitcher Taylor Lee throwing 19 innings in two days and exiting with a record of 15-12.
The loss dropped the Dragons to an overall record of 18-21 and a CAA conference record of 6-11.
The team had scheduled games for Saint Joseph’s University and Villanova University early this week but both were cancelled.
On April 29, the team took on Rider in a non-conference matchup. The Dragons demolished the Llamas, defeating Rider 14-2.
The next conference game for Drexel is May 1 against James Madison University.