The Drew University Softball team began their season with a week-long schedule over spring break. The Rangers played their first matches at the Gene Cusic Classic in Ft. Myers, Florida on Sunday, Mar. 3. In a victorious first game against Clark University, the Rangers and the Cougars battled it out in seven scoreless innings, before Clark broke the tie with a single on top of the eighth inning. The Rangers responded in the bottom of the inning, with a double from MaKayla Sosa (‘22). Adriana Rodriguez (‘22) was placed on second base at the bottom of the ninth inning and was bunted to third by Paxtan Perry (‘22), before scoring the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Sophie Sirota (‘21). The Rangers secured their victory against the Cougars by a 2-1 margin. In the second match of the day against Kenyon College, both the Rangers and the Ladies scored two runs in the first inning. However, the Ladies added a whopping four runs in the bottom of the third inning, which the Rangers were unable to combat, ultimately dropping a 6-2 decision to the Ladies.
The Rangers returned to battle it out in their second pair of games against Clark University and Penn State Altoona on Monday, Mar. 4. In their first game, the Rangers fell behind 4-0 after two innings, but earned their first base runner in the third inning, with a triple from Jasmine Vera (‘22). However, the Rangers were unable to close the early deficit and dropped a 4-0 decision to the Cougars. In their match against Penn State Altoona, the Rangers scored their first run of the day when Renata Primmer (‘22) smacked an RBI single to make it 1-1 in the second inning. The Lions responded with three runs of their own, but Perry drilled an RBI double to make the score 4-2. The Rangers had a big fourth inning with three runs, making it a 5-5 game. However, the Lions scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning, ultimately securing their victory.
The Rangers returned with vengeance the next day, with matches against Elms College and Albion College on Mar. 5. In their first match against Elms College, the Rangers fought an early back and forth battle against the Blazers, until the Rangers smashed six runs in the fourth inning, assuming a 10-7 lead. Rodriguez, Sirota and Perry all drove a pair of runs, with Rodriguez and Perry each scoring doubles. The Rangers had a massive sixth inning as well, smashing four runs to secure a dominant 14-8 victory. In their second match against Albion College, the Rangers found themselves in a lockup, in which neither side led by more than two runs. After trailing 2-0, the Rangers cut their deficit through Perry’s first collegiate home run. The Brits scored a single in the fifth inning, to which the Rangers rallied back with a run of their own in the sixth, tying the score at 3-3, followed by a double from Madi Precht (‘22). The Rangers emerged victorious for the second time, securing a 5-3 victory.
On Mar. 7, their penultimate day of matches, the Rangers once again battled against Albion College and Penn State Altoona. After trailing 4-0 at the bottom of the fourth inning in their match against Albion, the Rangers cut the deficit with four runs in the fourth inning. The Rangers pulled ahead in the fifth inning, in which Katie Grodski (‘19) delivered an RBI double, making the score 5-4. However, the Britons reclaimed the lead, scoring four runs in the sixth inning, which the Rangers were unable to overcome, leading them to drop a close 8-6 decision to the Britons. Drew trailed 4-0 in the beginning of their match against Penn State Altoona but chipped away at that lead with single runs in the second, third and fifth innings. However, the Lions scored four runs over the sixth and seventh innings, securing their 8-3 victory against the Rangers.
On their final day of matches, the Rangers battled it out for the third time against Penn State Altoona and Martin Luther College. The Rangers earned an early 3-0 lead against the Lions, followed by a double from Sirota, at the bottom of the first inning. The Rangers extended their lead to a 4-1 with a solo home-run from Julia Sinatra (‘22), as well as a two-run single from Primmer. Rodriguez scored the winning run in the sixth inning, securing the Rangers’ 9-1 victory. In their second match of the day, Martin Luther opened with a 3-0 lead, to which the Rangers responded with singles in the third and fifth innings, along with solo home-run by Perry in the third, cutting the deficit to 3-2. However, the Knights tallied another three runs in the sixth, which would ultimately lead to their 6-3 victory.
The Rangers now hold a record of 4-6 and are scheduled to return to competition with a doubleheader at Moravian on Saturday, Mar. 16 to open Landmark Conference play.