Drew University softball had a busy spring break in Florida, where they went 6-4 in competition and batted .426 over their 10 games, currently holding a 6-7 record.
The Rangers began spring break play Sunday, March 1, on a high note when they rallied from behind to defeat Clark 8-7 following a 4-2 loss to Albion. Leading the Rangers for the day was Sophie Sirota (’21), who went 4-for-8 with a pair of doubles while Adriana Rodriguez (’22) finished 3-for-6.
The next day, the Rangers split again, opening the day with a 17-12 victory against Finlandia. Drew rallied back from 5-4 and 9-7 deficits and pounded 20 hits to take the win. The Rangers responded to a Finlandia lead with three runs in the top of the third highlighted by a two-run triple by Julia Sinatra (’22) before coming back from behind again with a five-run fifth and opening the cushion with a five-run seventh. Later in the day, MaKayla Sosa (’22) went 3-for-3, but the Rangers fell to Kenyon with a score of 8-3.
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Drew ripped a total of 27 hits in two games the next day, March 3, as they fell 6-5 to Clark before claiming a 13-9 win over Grove City. Julia VanLiew (’23) led the Rangers with a 5-for-7 run including three runs scored. Through a combined 13 innings, Drew was not charged with one error. Emilee Marshal (’23) struck out three from the circle to improve to 3-0 for the season.
On Thursday, March 5, the Rangers earned a pair of victories while pounding out 33 hits. Drew opened the day with a 12-4 win over Grove City before defeating SUNY-Delhi 19-0. Renata Primmer (’22) went 7-for-9 at the plate while Rodriguez and Jasmine Vera (’21) each went 4-for-6 and Sirota went 5-for-8. Brianna Seals (’23) tossed her first career shutout and Bailey Comeau (’23) earned her first victory as she scattered nine hits and stroked out four.
The Rangers finished their spring break schedule with a split on Friday, March 6; they cruised to a victory over Lehman with an 18-2 margin before dropping a 1-0 decision to North Central. Against Lehman, Drew smoked 15 hits and marked their fifth double-digit output of the week. VanLiew went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored while Rodrigues, Vera, Gianna Palmieri (’23) and Sinatra each made three runs.
Following a pair of losses to an undefeated Stevens in their home opener on Tuesday, March 10, the Rangers were looking ahead to kickoff conference play, however that is no longer the case. Due to precautions surrounding the coronavirus an announcement on Thursday, March 12 was made that all Drew athletic and Landmark Conference contests are postponed until at least April 6. The conference is set to provide an update on the status of the remaining spring sports seasons by Wednesday, March 25.