Delaware Softball Shuts Down Drexel, 2-0 and 2-0, Behind Shutouts From Lupton and Szymanski
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware pitchers Kelly Lupton and Carolyn Szymanski each fired three-hit shutouts as the Blue Hen softball team posted a pair of 2-0 victories to sweep a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader from Drexel Saturday afternoon at the UD Softball Stadium.
Delaware has now won a season-high seven consecutive games, improving to 16-16 overall and 4-3 in league play. Drexel, which had a four-game winning streak snapped, fell to 12-14 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Lupton recorded her second shutout of the week, allowing just three singles during the first game victory. She struck out two batters and only walked two while improving to 5-4 on the season, and has not surrendered a run in 15.1 innings this week. Drexel pitcher Shelby Taylor dropped to 8-5 after giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits.
Delaware took the lead in the bottom of the third inning, when Jessica Grisler led off with a walk and moved to second when Danielle Wissinger reached on an error. Both runners then moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Giovanna Kolofer, while Grisler crossed the plate when Sarah Bencivenga grounded out to third. The Blue Hens tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when Szymanski laced a double to leftcenter before pinch runner Gabby Klecko scored on a triple to rightcenter by Lisa Stacevicz.
Szymanski (at left) then fired her second shutout of the year in the nightcap, scattering three hits while striking out five and not walking a batter to improve to 9-8 on the year. Dragons pitcher Rose Portiolli fell to 0-2 after giving up one run on four hits in four innings of work.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Heather Oakley laced a single to rightcenter to chase home Klecko. UD added a second run in the fifth as Grisler led off with a single up the middle and eventually scored when Bencivenga legged out an infield single.
The Dragons had their best chance to score in the third when they put runners on the corners with two outs, but UD centerfielder Hannah George made a diving catch on a line drive by Taylor to keep the Drexel off the board. The Dragons then loaded the bases in the fourth, before Szymanski struck out Comfort Ahonkhai looking to escape the jam.
“Our pitching was solid today, we got great efforts by both starters,” said fourth-year Blue Hen head coach Jaime Wohlbach. “Both Kelly (Lupton) and Carolyn (Szymanski) really controlled the games today.”
Delaware and Drexel wrap up their three-game weekend series on Sunday when the teams play a single game beginning at 12 noon.