GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Drexel softball team dropped two games on Saturday as they continued at their season-opening Pirate Classic tournament. They were shut out by Virginia, 14-0, before the offense broke out in a 9-7 loss to the host East Carolina Pirates.
In their first game of the day, the Dragons were done in by a five-run second and eight-run fifth as the Cavaliers won in five innings, 14-0. Paige Collings got her first two hits of the season, including a double as she went 2-for-2, but the Dragons could muster just three hits total off Virginia starter Melanie Mitchell and reliever Stephanie Coates as the Cavaliers defeated Drexel for a second-consecutive day.
Game Two, the Dragons' fourth of the season, finally saw their offense break out as they scored seven off host ECU, but the Pirates were hot themselves as they held off the Dragons, 9-7. Jenn Reading homered, the first Drexel round-tripper of the young season. Maggy Fermo went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Amanda Bachmann drove in two.
Drexel took its first lead of the season in the second inning, scoring twice to take a momentary 2-1 lead. After the Pirates came back to even things up in the bottom of the second, the Dragons added another run in the third. East Carolina scored six runs over the next two innings, however, tacking on an insurance run in the fifth after the Dragons had cut their lead to 8-6. Drexel would get a run back in the top of the seventh, but could not fight all the way back as they fell for a fourth time to open the season.
The Dragons will conclude play at the Pirate Classic on Sunday morning, taking on Canisius for a second time at 10:00 a.m.