GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Drexel softball team split two games at the Spartan Classic for a second-consecutive day, once again handling Rider, 12-0, after falling to the host UNC-Greensboro in Saturday's opener, 5-1. Maddison Timoteo and Devon Metcalf homered for the Dragons in their victory, as Shelby Taylor earned her first win of the year. Slyvia Llamas drove home the only run of the day for Drexel in their loss to UNCG, as Hillary Allen was tagged with the defeat.
Playing Rider for a second-straight day, the Dragons jumped all over Broncs starter Kelsey Krisch early and often, scoring four runs in the first and seven in the second en route to a five-inning mercy rule victory.
The game started innocently enough. After Hanna Parrish's leadoff single, she was erased at second when Llamas reached on a fielder's choice. Paige Collings then flew out, leaving a runner on first and two down in the inning. But then, after Jenn Reading walked, Maddison Timoteo stepped to the plate and launched her first home run of the year deep over the center field fence. Drexel was up 3-0, and would make it 4-0 almost immediately as Devon Metcalf provided the back end of back-to-back Dragon dingers, also a shot to center.
There would be no long bombs in the second inning, but the Dragons made Krisch work herself into trouble, as Caprice DeMirjian was hit by a pitch to lead the inning off, and Drexel would ultimately draw three more walks in an inning which saw 11 batters come to the plate. After Collings walked in a run, Reading continued her hot start to the season as she drove in two with a double splitting the gap in right-center field. Reading leads the team with a .389 batting average early in the year, adding two home runs and five runs batted in, both also best on the squad.
DeMirjian would also add an RBI double later in the inning, as Drexel scored seven times to put the game out of reach. Llamas got her second RBI of the day in the fourth inning, making the score 12-0.
Shelby Taylor, meanwhile, cruised through the Rider order. She allowed two hits - a single in the third and a double in the fourth - but nothing further as Rider was shut out by Dragon pitching for a second day in a row. Taylor struck out four and walked only one in 5.0 innings of work.
The dominating victory followed a tough 5-1 defeat for the Dragons. After falling behind 2-0 early to host UNC-Greensboro, the nominal home team Drexel scratched out a run in the bottom of the fifth when Metcalf walked, stole second and third, and ultimately scored on Llamas' bases-loaded base on balls. Down 2-1, the Dragons saw UNCG get three big insurance runs in the top of the seventh, including a two-run home run by Heather Robb, to pull away with the 5-1 victory.
Drexel will play Utah on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. in their final game of the Spartan Classic. The Utes defeated Drexel, 8-2, on Friday.