Softball picks up first victories of season while in Florida

By Kathryn Swenor

Drew University’s softball team picked up their first victories of the season as a part of the 10 game Spring Games series.

They finished the week 3-7, picking up victories against Penn State New Kensington, Mount Ida College and Pittsburgh University- Greensburg. The Rangers held Penn State as well as Pittsburgh scoreless before the games were ended after five innings due to their substantial leads of 16 runs and 12 runs, respectively.

Drew dropped their first set of games against New England College and Muhlenberg College. Katie Grodski (‘19), Lauren Mastropierro (‘18) and Cara O’Leary (‘19) each picked up a hit in the first game, with Brooke Adams (‘18) going 2-for-3, earning an RBI in the second game of the day.

During day 2 of the games, the Rangers made 18 hits against their opponents, but were unable to secure a victory in their double header against SUNY Oneota and the Coast Guard Academy. Throughout the games, Drew picked up 11 runs, five in the first game and six in the second. Phylicia Pellot (‘17) picked up a 4-for-4 batting average against Oneota. She ended the day with a stolen base and a run scored. Adams batted a 3-for-4 against Coast Guard, scoring three times as she also picked up an RBI and a stolen base throughout the day.

The team picked up their first two victories with a 16-0 win against Penn State New Kensington, followed by a 2-1 victory over Mount Ida College. Meghan Beyer (‘20) hit her first home run against New Kensington, while Madi Sheetz (‘18) recorded her first collegiate hit, a single in the third inning.Pellot hit her second career home run against Haverford College, while Heather Ronchi (‘18) batted in each of the final games and returned to campus with 99 career hits. The Haverford game ended in a loss 8-2 and the later game against Lebanon Valley also experienced a loss of 13-1.

Their doubleheader at Montclair State on Thursday, March 16, and their home opener and conference opener against Elizabethtown College for tomorrow have been postponed.

The team will now have to wait until Tuesday, March 21 for their away game against Rutgers-Newark. Their next home game is April 5 against New York University, a doubleheader at 4 p.m.

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