Softball was back in action this past week, taking on the Susquehanna River Hawks and the Purchase Panthers in Landmark Conference and non-conference play.
Drew traveled to Selinsgrove, PA on Saturday, April 13 to face the River Hawks. The Rangers looked to improve on their 1-5 conference record against a Susquehanna team that is in the mix for the playoffs. Unfortunately, for the Rangers, an improvement was not in the cards as they would drop both games for their scheduled doubleheader.
In the first game, the Rangers went down early when the River Hawks jumped out to a two-run lead early on pitcher Meghan Hulmes (’21). But, Hulmes would return to the mound strong with two and one-third scoreless innings before yielding the ball to Cara O’Leary (’19) in the fourth. O’Leary gave up two runs in the fourth and four in the sixth. The Rangers offense would show some life in the late stages of the game, however, it was too little too late as O’Leary was charged with her sixth loss of the season.
COURTESY OF DREW RANGERS
Pitcher Stephanie Burns (21) got the ball in the second game but could not turn the tide for the Rangers. Burns gave up four earned and one unearned in three innings of work before retiring to the dugout. Skyler Colarusso (’22) was brilliant in her three innings of relief. Yet, the damage had been done as the Rangers offense managed to muster only two runs throughout the game. Drew now sits at 1-7 in the Landmark Conference and are four games behind Scranton for the fourth and final playoff spot.
The Rangers also played a non-conference doubleheader against the Purchase Panthers on Wednesday, April 17. In need of a momentum swing, the Rangers sent Colarusso back to the mound and were rewarded with a gem. After a shaky two opening innings in which she let up two runs, Colarusso shut down the Panthers as the offense put up four runs, giving the Rangers a much need victory. Building on their momentum O’Leary returned to the mound in the second game and the offense brought their bats. Jasmine Vera (’20) punctuated the win with an RBI triple in the 5th inning and O’Leary only allowed two runs, throwing a complete game.
Drew softball looks to extend their winning streak against Elizabethtown College at home on Monday, April 22.