04/21/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/21/2019 14:48
A day after seeing a seventh-inning lead slip away, the Dragons jumped on Elon early and made sure there would be no chance of a comeback in the first game of the doubleheader. Drexel took advantage of Elon starter Hailey Jomp, who walked four batters in the bottom of the first to help the Dragons plate four while sending 10 batters to the plate.
Up 4-1 as they came back to the plate, the Dragons essentially ice the game away in the top of the second. Ten of the first 11 Dragons to come to bat reached base and nine of those scored, capped by grand slam that nearly cleared the netting beyond the left-center field fence. The home run, Rush's 18th of the season, broke a tie with for the team lead.
Drexel added single runs in the third and fourth, including fourth home run of the season, on its way to a comfortable 15-4 victory in the first game.
The Dragons had scored 13 runs in the first two innings of the first game, but the second was scoreless after two before Elon broke through first. The Phoenix loaded the bases in the top of the third for Megan White, whose grand slam to straightaway center made it a 4-0 game.
Drexel chipped away with two in the fourth on fifth home run of the year, then tied the score in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded and no one out, Clinton drove in a run with an RBI groundout. After the Phoenix got a ground out for the second out of the inning, hit a slow roller to third that Elon's third baseman mishandled in her hurry to throw across the diamond. Everyone was safe, and , who had pinch run for Taylor Lee earlier in the inning, scampered home with the tying run.
Elon grabbed the lead right back with a first-pitch home run by Keagan Goldwait in the top of the sixth, and though the Dragons mounted threats in both the sixth and seventh inning, they could not push a tying run across as Elon salvaged the split.
Drexel will return to action on Thursday, April 25, when the Dragons host Penn for a single game. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.