PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Rutgers softball team dropped a 7-2 non-conference match-up with Drexel University on Saturday at Vidas Athletic Complex.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Valiante (M. Laurel, N.J.) hit a two- run home run in the sixth and senior Kristin Madoch (Glenviw, Ill.) broke up the no-hitter in the top of the same inning with a double to left field, the lone hits for the Scarlet Knights (4-11) in the game.
Senior Nicole Freeman (Sandy, Utah) and freshman Nicole Lindley (Cicero, N.Y.) both saw time at the mound for the Scarlet Knights. Freeman saw 1.1 innings, striking out one and allowing five hits. Lindley, in 4.2 innings, had one strike outs and gave up 10 hits.
After collecting a hit in the top of the first, Drexel's Lisa Williams drilled a two-run home run to left field, putting the Dragons in front, 3-0 in the bottom of the second.
With a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning, the Dragons' Brianne Brown hit a solo home run to extend the lead to 5-0.
Madoch doubled in the sixth and scored when Valiante nailed her second home run of the season, cutting the Dragons' lead to four, 6-2, but Drexel scored again to own a 7-2 advantage heading into the final inning.
Drexels' Breanna Gomez had seven strikeouts against the Scarlet Knights in her first career win.
Rutgers will play at Florida Atlantic University in a single game tomorrow, March 11, at 3:30 p.m.