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Drexel Softball Sweeps UNC Wilmington

Wilmington, N.C. - Hillary Allen closed out Drexel's three-game sweep of UNC Wilmington with a complete-game pitching effort and two-run homer in the series finale.

Drexel Softball Sweeps UNC Wilmington

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Game One

Wilmington, N.C. – Drexel used a three-run sixth inning to come from behind for a 3-2 victory over UNC Wilmington. Rachel Campbell went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Hillary Allen made Drexel’s one-run lead hold up with a solid pitching performance. The win snapped Drexel’s five-game CAA losing streak.

Allen allowed one earned run on eight hits and two walks in the complete-game effort. In the follow up to her career-high 10-strikeout game at La Salle on Tuesday, the junior hurler fanned five Seahawks.

The Seahawks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Allison Lanouette that scored Caitlin Cavarra. An error by Amanda Bachmann at second base allowed another run to cross the plate in the third inning, giving the home team a 2-0 lead.

Drexel’s sixth inning rally began with Laura Stagliano reaching after being hit by a pitch. She promptly stole second which allowed Campbell to drive her in with a single to right field.

Paige Collings was hit by a pitch and Kelly Downes drew a walk to load the bases with one out. After Jenn Reading struck out, Caprice DeMirjian reached on a fielder’s choice, driving in the tying run.

Hanna Parrish knocked in the go-ahead run with a single pulled to right field that brought pinch runner Jess O’Hara in from third base. Devon Metcalf was thrown out trying to advance to third base to end the inning with Drexel on top by a run.

Allen pitched out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth inning with runners on first and second and one out. She induced a fielder’s choice ground out and a fly out to center field to escape the inning with the Dragons still on top.

Amanda Aditays threw a solid game for the Seahawks despite being victimized for three runs in the sixth inning. She scattered five hits and two walks and struck out nine Dragons. Samme Lisowsky relieved her to pitch a scoreless seventh inning.

Game Two

Wilmington, N.C. – Drexel completed a doubleheader sweep of the UNC Wilmington Seahawks with a 6-5 victory in Saturday’s nightcap. Paige Collings drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Laura Stagliano and the top of the Drexel lineup worked like a well-oiled machine to rally the Dragons back from a 4-0 deficit.

Shelby Taylor ground out the pitching victory after spotting the Seahawks four runs in the first two innings. From the third inning on, Taylor held the Seahawks to one run on two hits, positioning her team to come back for the win.

Amada Davenport started the game for UNC Wilmington and lasted five innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits and four walks. Samme Lisowsky took the loss after she let in the last two Drexel runs of the game on two hits and a walk in two innings of work.

Stagliano reached base in three of her four at-bats, stole two bases and scored two runs as the catalyst for the Dragons’ offense.

Allison Lanouette drove in the first Seahawks run with sacrifice fly and Camry Wagner followed with an RBI triple down the right field line.

In the second inning Brianna Lofton and Ashley Shingleton put together back-to-back RBI singles to right field.

Taylor settled down to retire six of the next seven batters and hold the home team off the scoreboard for the next two innings, giving the Dragons a chance to come from behind.

Devon Metcalf sparked a three-run third for the Dragons by drawing a lead-off walk and stealing second base. After a double by Comfort Ahonkhai, Laura Stagliano brought Metcalf home with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Rachel Campbell followed by taking a pitch the opposite way for a single to left field and Paige Collings drew a walk to load the bases. The discerning eye of Kelly Downes helped her draw an RBI walk to push home a run and Taylor singled to center field to drive in another, making it a 4-3 game.

The Dragons briefly tied the game in the top of the fifth inning when Stagliano singled and stole second. Campbell moved her to third with a ground out and Collings brought her in with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Taylor struggled with her control in the bottom of the frame, however, and gave the run back to the Seahawks. Emily Kleekamp scored on a wild pitch after drawing a walk and advancing on a fielder’s choice. Taylor would walk three in the inning before escaping with her team trailing by a run.

Katy Harrington came up with a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning. pinch runner Amanda Bachmann came around to score after a bunt by Metcalf and a single to right by Hanna Parrish that was mishandled by the Seahawks’ right fielder. Bachmann’s run tied the game at 5-5.

Stagliano, once again, was in the middle of producing the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. She drew a lead-off walk and stole second. Campbell moved her to third base on a fly ball. Stagliano sprinted home on a ground out to second base by Collings to put the Dragons on top 6-5.

Taylor held the Seahawks off the board in the bottom of the seventh, but not without drama. Lanouette reached on a single up the middle and Brittany Pierce drew a walk with one out. But Katie Houmard and Daniela Torres flew out to Ahonkhai in left field in successive at bats to end the game.

Game Three

Hillary Allen closed out Drexel’s three-game sweep of UNC Wilmington (11-34, 3-9) with a complete-game victory on the rubber and a two-run homer at the plate. Allen allowed just two earned runs and shut out the Seahawks for the final six innings of the game while striking out eight batters. The Dragons improve to 12-21 with the win and 4-8 in CAA play with their first series sweep of the season.

Amanda Aditays took the loss for the Seahawks. She allowed three earned runs, all in the first inning, on five hits. Aditays did not issue a single walk in the game and struck out seven batters.

The top of the Drexel lineup sprung back into action in the series finale to give the Dragons a three-run lead in the first inning. Following the same winning script as they used in Saturday’s sweep of the Seahawks, Laura Stagliano got hit by a pitch and stole second. Rachel Campbell followed with an RBI double. Clean-up hitter Hillary Allen took a 2-1 pitch to center field for a two-run homer, her first round tripper in conference play this season.

A pair of doubles by Caitlin Cavarra and Ashley Shingleton, coupled with a Brittany Pierce single scored a pair of runs for the Seahawks in the bottom of the inning, making it a 3-2 game.

From that point, Allen cruised through the next five innings, retiring 13 batters in order until Candice Faircloth reached on a single in the fifth inning. She had to pitch out of a jam in the sixth inning with runners at first and third and two outs. Allen came up with a huge strikeout of Pierce to escape the inning.

Allen slammed the door on the Seahawks in the seventh inning by retiring the side in order with strikeouts of Daniela Torres and Faircloth bookending a fly out by Katie Houmard to seal the Drexel victory.

The Dragons are back at home on Wednesday to face University City rival Penn before heading to George Mason next weekend for a three-game set with the Patriots.

 

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