Hofstra Sweeps Three-Game Softball Series Against Drexel

Philadelphia - Hofstra (17-8) swept a three-game softball series against Drexel (7-12) over the weekend. The games marked the first home contests of the season for the Dragons and their first taste of Colonial Athletic Association play in 2011. Paige Collings hit two home runs and drove in all four of Drexel's runs in the three-game set.

Game One

Paige Collings went 2-for-3 with a home run to give the Dragons (7-11) a lead, but Hofstra came from behind to win the teams’ conference opener 3-1 at Drexel Field. Trisha Dreslinski homered for the Pride (15-8).

Hillary Allen dropped to 4-5 on the season after allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while fanning five batters. Olivia Galati allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out 10 Dragaons.

Paige Collings gave Drexel a 1-0 lead with a screaming line-drive home run to center field in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Hofstra evened the score on a towering homer to left field by Tisha Dreslinski in the top of the fifth.

The winning runs came around in the seventh inning when Hofstra loaded the bases with one out. It appeared that Allen would escape the inning when she struck out Rachael Senatore for the second out. But Tessa Ziemba waited on a 2-2 off-speed pitch and placed a bloop single into short centerfield to bring in two runs.

Game Two

In the nightcap of Saturday’s CAA-opening doubleheader with Hofstra, Paige Collings hit her second home run of the day to help the Dragons (7-12, 0-2) cut into a 5-0 deficit, but the comeback fell short in a 6-3 loss to the Pride (16-8, 2-0). Tessa Ziemba and Sara Michalowski both had three-hit games for Hofstra. The teams close out their three-game set on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Rookie Shelby Taylor took the loss in her first home start as a Dragon. She allowed five earned runs on 10 hits and two walks and struck out two batters. Erin Wade won her sixth of the season for Hofstra. She gave up three runs on three hits, issued two walks and struck out five batters.

Wade held Drexel to one hit through five innings before Collings lit up the bottom half of the scoreboard with a three-run homer to left field to draw the game to 5-3. Olivia Galati, who was the winner for Hofstra in game one, closed out her second save of the year by retiring the Dragons in order in the seventh.

Ziemba and Michalowski staked Hofstra to an early lead with a pair of RBI doubles in the first inning. Taylor settled in her first home start of the season to strike out Laura Valentino to get out of the inning with a runner left on base.

Hofstra tacked on another run in the third inning when Jess Hirschbuhl led off with a double and moved to third on a bunt single by Michalowski. She came in to score when Jess Zeilman popped a ball to shortstop that got caught in the wind and fell to the ground with Devon Metcalf in pursuit.

Two more run-scoring singles off the bats of Ziemba and Valentino in the sixth inning gave Hofstra a 5-0 lead. The Pride’s advantage seemed daunting at the time with Wade throwing a one-hitter and Drexel’s bats offering little protest to the effort.

But that all changed in the sixth inning when Amanda Bachmann drew a lead-off walk and Rachel Campbell singled into left field. Both runners tagged and advanced on a long foul fly ball by Laura Stagliano. After Jenn Reading struck out swinging for the second out of the inning, Collings stepped to the plate pulled an inside pitch over the fence in left field for her second round-tripper of the day.

The rally was short-lived when Hofstra added one more run in the seventh inning on a miscue by the Drexel infield. With runners on first and third and one out Michelle Lavagnino stole second. Collings fired the ball back to pitcher Shyann Beach, but the ball tipped off her glove, allowing Trisha Dreslinski to scamper home from third base.

Game Three

The Pride (17-8, 3-0) hung six runs on the scoreboard in the third and fifth innings to close out Sunday’s series finale with a 12-0 win over the Dragons (7-13, 0-3). Hillary Allen took the loss for Drexel and Olivia Galati got the complete-game victory for Hofstra in five innings.

Laura Valentino and D.J. Slugh homered for Hofstra. Galati allowed three hits and struck out seven batters in the complete-game shutout.

Laura Stagliano, Paige Collings and Amanda Bachmann all had hits for Drexel.

Laura Stagliano gave the Dragons a scoring opportunity to start the game in the first inning when she bounced a single up the middle and stole second. Jenn Reading advanced her to third with a groundout, bringing Collings to the plate. After fouling off a pair of 3-2 pitches Collings drew a walk with two outs. But Hillary Allen grounded out to end the inning.

Hofstra broke the game open with six runs in the top of the third inning. The Pride capitalized on a well-placed bases-loaded grounder to the left side of the infield. Shortstop Devon Metcalf appeared to have the ball lined up for a play in the hole at short, but third basemand Caprice DeMirjian dove to scoop it up instead and it tipped off her glove allowing two runs to score. A third came in when Amanda Bachmann’s throw to third scooted away from DeMirjian. Two batters later Lara Valentino blasted a three-run homer to left field to give the Pride a 6-0 lead.

The shot sent starter Hillary Allen to the bench in favor of Shyann Beach, who recorded the final out of the inning without allowing another run.

Reliever Shyann Beach was touched up for five runs in the top of the fifth inning courtesy of a bases-loaded walk, and a two-run double by Dreslinski. Shelby Taylor relieved her and surrendered a three-run home run to D.J. Slugh, giving Hofstra a 12-0 lead and the margin necessary to invoke the eight-run rule.

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