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Weather interrupts two double headers for softball

The Drexel University softball team completed their games at the Stetson Tournament March 3-4 with three wins and two losses. After losing to Bethune-Cookman University March 3 7-1, the Dragons came back March 4 to defeat Bethune-Cookman 9-8. (Photograph courtesy of Drexel Athletics)

The Drexel University softball team continued their season with matches against Tennessee State University and Bethune-Cookman University March 3-4. They also had a doubleheader match scheduled against Lafayette University March 9, but due to inclement weather, it was rescheduled for April. The Dragons got edged out by Tennessee State, 7-5, but Bethune-Cookman ended with a 9-8 Drexel win.

Drexel started off the week against Tennessee State. The game got off to a slow start with neither team scoring a run until the fourth inning. This is when Drexel pulled ahead by one run with a double by freshman Reilly Jo Swanson, who brought in freshman Holly Bridgman due to a fielder’s choice and throwing error.

Tennessee bounced back by scoring three runs in the next inning. Due to a Drexel error, Tassy Lyles scored for Tennessee, which advanced Patton Akers to third. She then stole home to score the second run of the inning. Tennessee’s Katie Schneider hit a double to drive in Sarah Snell for their third run.

Drexel then came back with a run of their own with a RBI single by freshman Kristi DiMeo. However, this was all the Dragons would get that inning before Tennessee would drive in two more runs to increase their lead.

Drexel had a glimmer of hope when sophomore Hannah Walker hit a three-run homer, but this was all they would get as Swanson would groundout right afterward.

The Bethune-Cookman University game was a different story, with Drexel winning the game in an exciting fashion. Drexel got off to a good start with a two-run homerun in the first inning. However, Bethune-Cookman came back with a seven-run third inning. This put a damper on Drexel’s lead, but junior Taylor M. Lee brought back Drexel’s spirits by picking off a runner at third to end the inning.

This spectacular play from Drexel’s catcher fired up the Dragons, who cut Bethune-Cookman’s lead in half with a double by freshman Elena Woulfe, who drove in Lee and freshman Megan Trivelpiece.

This led to even more runs by Drexel. They had a five-run sixth inning, which started with a walk when the bases were loaded, bringing in one run. Then, sophomore Linda Rush sealed the deal for the Dragons with a grand slam, leading the Dragons to eventually win, 9-8.

The Dragons were scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C., March 15 to play a double header against Howard University, but it was cancelled.

They now look ahead to a big weekend at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Dawg Pound Invitational March 17-18 where they will play Sacred Heart University, Saint Peter’s University and UMBC.