(Greenville, N.C.) – In the final day of the Pirate Snow Classic, the Delaware State softball team (2-2) began Sunday with a 7-1 loss to Seton Hall (3-3), but rebounded with a come-from-behind 6-2 victory over Drexel (0-3) to complete its first weekend of the season.
Against Seton Hall, the Hornets found themselves down 1-0 in the first inning after a Meredith Henze RBI-single to right.
DSU was able to keep the deficit at one until the Pirates exploded in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead, headlined by infielder Maria DeLuca driving in two runs with a single and designated player Danielle DeStaso RBI-doubling to center to bring in two runs as well.
Although, the Hornets did get on the board later in the frame when outfielder Nicole Gazzola capitalized on a Seton Hall throwing error and scored from third.
Nevertheless, the Pirates tacked another run in the sixth with a Yasmin Harrell RBI-single to left.
Down to its last three outs, Gazzola kick-started a possible rally for Delaware State with a leadoff single through the left side, but the next three batters were retired to wrap up the game.
In the circle, starter Vanessa Ciocatto (0-2) pitched four innings and tallied four strikeouts before being relieved by Rachel Meagley for Delaware State, whereas Seton Hall’s Casey Moses (1-0) allowed five hits, two walks and recorded four strikeouts.
Later in the day against Drexel, who Delaware State beat yesterday for their first victory of the season, the Hornets trailed 1-0 once again after the first inning.
However, DSU rallied back in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead when infielder Rachel Sablay RBI-doubled to left center with two outs. Attempting to reach third, Sablay was thrown out at the bag to end the inning.
The Dragons battled back later in the frame to knot the game at two when infielder Sylvia Llamas RBI-singled up the middle.
Two innings later, same score, DSU’s offense rose to the occasion when infielder Jordan Stamps (1) sent a three-run blast to left off pitcher Tara Konopka (0-2), followed by pinch hitter Morgan Hobbs coming up big to drive in infielder Chloe Oro with a single up the middle.
The rest of the way, Delaware State’s defense kept DU’s offense in check, including turning a double-play for the final two outs of the game.
Offensively, both teams finished with seven hits, whereas DSU’s Sablay went 1-for-2 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored. Outfielder Jessica Madrid, meanwhile, went 2-for-2 with two runs and two walks.
Pitching wise, freshman Tara Tursellino (2-0) picked up the win in a relief appearance, while Konopka allowed six runs, five walks and totaled eight strikeouts before heading the dugout after six innings of work.
Coming up, the Hornets will travel to Norfolk, Va. to face Fairleigh Dickinson (twice), Wagner and La Salle in the Norfolk State Spartan Clash next weekend.