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Before South Division doubleheaders begin, Penn softball will face Drexel at home on Wednesday.

Credit: Ananya Chandra , Ananya Chandra

Penn softball may be down, but it is certainly not out.

Last weekend, the Quakers (13-16, 2-6 Ivy) played through a string of disappointing road losses to Dartmouth and Harvard. Although the losses certainly do not give coach Leslie King’s team a surge of confidence heading into the final stretch of its Ivy season, all has not been lost just yet.

Each of the four Ancient Eight teams Penn has faced thus far all hail from the conference’s North Division. And while those matchups give the Quakers an early look at what might await them come the postseason, wins or losses against North Division teams have few ramifications for whether Penn will make the playoffs.

Penn will have one more chance to get another win under its belt against cross-town foe Drexel on Wednesday before launching into the most important stretch of conference play. The Dragons (16-21) will give the Quakers an ample test, as last year they bested their Ivy League opponent 8-0 in five innings.

After Wednesday’s game, results in the six doubleheaders that remain — two against Princeton, Cornell and Columbia each —will determine the fate of the Red and Blue’s season.

As the defending South Division champions, the Quakers are in good standing to stay competitive in their division once again in 2016.

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