NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware softball team posted an 8-6 victory over Drexel in the opener before suffering a 3-1 loss in the nightcap as the Blue Hens opened their Colonial Athletic Association schedule Sunday afternoon at the UD Softball Stadium.

Drexel (7-8-1, 1-1 CAA) scored a run in the top of the first inning of the opener on an RBI double by Linda Rush, but Delaware (7-17, 1-1 CAA) answered back in the bottom half when Reyna de Jesus singled home Leanna Gearhart. The Dragons went back in front with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth, before the Blue Hens countered with five in the bottom of the frame.

With two away de Jesus reached on a Dragons error to extend the inning, before Anna Steinmetz delivered a two-run single to knot the game at 3-3. Giovanna Kolofer then singled home two more runs to put the Blue Hens in front, while Chayanna Gallardo added an RBI single to make it a 6-3 game.

Hannah Walker drilled a three-run homer in the top of the sixth to pull Drexel even, but Delaware immediately answered in the bottom half when Alyshia Dellatore ripped a bases loaded single to left to drive home Miranda O’Donald and Kolofer.

UD pitcher Jordan Cargile then retired the Dragons in order during the top of the seventh to close out the victory.

In the second game of the day, Drexel scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first inning before Elena Woulfe drove home a run with a squeeze bunt in the top of the fifth to put the Dragons up three.

The Blue Hens scored their lone run of the contest in the bottom of the fifth when Gearhart singled home pinch runner Julia Solderitch.

Mariah Kondravy and Kolofer each had two hits in the opener while Gearhart, Steinmetz and Dellatore posted a hit in each game
• Gearhart stole a base in both contests, giving her 100 for her career
• Cargile earned her second win of the season with a complete game effort in the opener
• Sarah Piening allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings during the nightcap, before Maddi Marsh fired two scoreless frames
• The Blue Hens and Dragons conclude their weekend series with a 1 p.m. single game on Monday

Delaware vs. *Drexel – March 26, 2018 (1 p.m.)
Delaware at Saint Joseph’s (DH) – March 28, 2018 (3 p.m.)
Delaware at *Towson (DH) – March 31, 2018 (12 noon)

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