GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Drexel softball team finished up its weekend at the Spartan Classic with a defeat at the hands of Utah, 4-0. After putting together some its best offensive showings of the young season earlier in the tournament, Drexel was held to just three hits as Utah defeated the Dragons for the second time in three days.
Jessica O'Hara pitched well for Drexel, going 5.2 innings and allowing just five hits and three earned runs. Unfortunately, the sophomore was tagged with the loss as she got no run support with which to work.
O'Hara got off to a rocky start in the first inning. After a leadoff walk, O'Hara got a strike out, and should have had two down when Joni Cook hit a routine fly ball to right field. The ball was misplayed, however, and Utah had runners on first and second with two outs. The Utes capitalized on Drexel's mistake when Whitney Holm launched a three-run home run to center field, making it 3-0 Utah early on.
O'Hara settled down from there, at one point retiring nine of ten Utah batters. However, the Dragons could not get much going at the plate. Hanna Parrish had a bizarre double with one out in the third inning, laying down a bunt with Utah's third baseman playing deep. The speedy Parrish did not stop as she rounded first, displaying excellent heads-up baserunning as she took advantage of the defense and made it to second. She was credited with a double thanks to her aggressive baserunning. But after taking third on a wild pitch, Parrish was stranded there as the next two hitters struck out.
Drexel will return to action on Wednesday, taking on George Washington in a doubleheader in Washington. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.