Drexel Spring Training Recap

April 4, 2017

Drexel Dragons traveled to Tampa Bay to play five spring training games, going 2-3 on the trip. Photo courtesy of Drew Kenyon

Drexel Dragons traveled to Tampa Bay, Florida to play five spring training games. The teams that the Dragons played consisted of University of Florida (Game 1), Kent State University (Games 2 and 4), and University of Missouri (Games 3 and 5). All games were seven inning games. The Dragons went 2-3 in their spring training series. 

Game 1 - University of Florida

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Drexel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
University of Florida 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 0

In the first game of the Tampa Bay Spring Training, the Dragons lost 3-0 against University of Florida. Greg Markowitz kept the Dragons in the game, throwing four strong innings while only allowing three runs and striking out two batters. The hitting came out flat for the Dragons as they were only able to get four hits and failed to capitalize and score runners in scoring position.

Game 2 - Kent State University

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Drexel 2 5 0 0 2 1 0 10 11 3
Kent State University 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 5 6 0

The Drexel got it together in the second game in Tampa as they won 10-5 against Kent State. The Dragons had 11 hits with Ben Acero and George Armentani each having three hits. Mike Melady also had two RBIs in the game. Brenton Rayner started the game and allowed 1 run in two innings of work. Paul Schneider threw 5 strong innings after and was credited with the win.

Game 3 - University of Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Drexel 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 5 14 4
University of Missouri 1 0 3 1 0 1 2 8 10 0

The Drexel Dragons were the home team against Mizzou. Jake Moss got the start for the Dragons and he would give up four runs to Mizzou before being taken out of the game after the third inning. Relief pitching for Drexel would then go on to give up another four runs over the next four innings played. This ultimately led to a loss for the Dragons as they fell to Mizzou by a score of 8–5. On the offensive side of the ball Patrick Bowlin, George Armentani, and Tyler Wicker all came ready to play as the first three batters in Drexel’s lineup. Bowlin went two for four on the day with a single and a double and two runs scored. Armentani and Wicker followed by each going three for four on the day against Mizzou. Despite the valiant effort on offense, it was ultimately the pitching and defensive play that cost the Dragons a win against Mizzou.

Game 4 - Kent State University

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Drexel 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 8 11 2
Kent State University 2 4 0 2 1 0 0 9 11 2

Following a tough loss to Mizzou the day before, the Dragons came out to a slow start against Kent State in their last day in Tampa. Going scoreless throughout the first five innings, Drexel put themselves in an early 8-0 hole. Yet, the Dragons managed to battle themselves back into the game in the sixth inning. George Armentani started a hit parade for the Dragons as the team would go on to score six runs on six hits before the inning came to a close. Thus, the gap was closed to only a two-run difference. In the top of the seventh, Kent State scored one more insurance run that would end up being exactly what they needed. In the bottom of the seventh, Drexel battled for two more runs before falling just short of Kent State in a 9-8 ballgame. 

Game 5 - University of Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Drexel 1 0 3 4 0 1 1 10 17 0
University of Missouri 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 0

For the final game, Brenton Rayner lead the Dragon’s to a win to close out the Spring training series in Tampa. Brenton pitched five solid innings, striking out four batters and only giving up two runs. Greg Markowitz finished the last two innings, holding Mizzou scoreless. The Drexel batters came out swinging and gave plenty of run support. Tyler Wicker led the way as he went a perfect 4-4 with a double and scoring two runs. Other notable performances were from Matt Caldwell and Thurston Lu who each got three hits to help the Dragons to a 10-2 over Mizzou.

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