PHILADELPHIA – Senior second baseman Meaghan Lewis (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) became Philadelphia University softball's all-time hits leader in the Rams sweep of visiting Nyack, 11-7 and 10-2, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader Monday afternoon.
Lewis collected her 165th career hit to pass the previous record holder Jen Richard in the bottom of the fifth inning of game two with a solo home run to right center field to put Philadelphia (22-11, 12-9 CACC) ahead 4-2.
Prior to the start of the doubleheader, the team honored Lewis and senior center fielder Samantha Riabko (Haddon Twp., N.J./Haddon Twp.).
Riabko had a monster day at the plate as she collected six hits in nine at-bats and six RBIs.
Nyack (3-31, 3-21 CACC) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first as Christine Kline and Anna Bailey were able to score on a pair of wild pitches from junior pitcher Nicole Troisi (Norristown, Pa./Pope John Paul II).
Riabko opened a seven-run bottom of the first inning with a solo shot over the left field fence to put the Rams within one. After three straight walks loaded the bases, Troisi atoned for the two wild pitches with a single to score junior catcher Stephanie Martin (Hanover, Pa./Seton Keough) and Lewis to put the Rams in front 3-2.
Philadelphia loaded the bases again thanks to a fielder's choice that resulted in the Nyack defense being unable to record an out. Junior left fielder Emma Haley (Jensen Beach, Fla./Jensen Beach) hit a ground ball that Kline couldn't handle to bring in the fourth run of the inning. Sophomore Renee Kakareka (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) added a RBI single and Riabko's second hit of the inning, a single to right, drove in two more runs.
The Warriors got two runs back in the third inning on RBI singles from Meghan Richards and Elaina Vasquez, and one more in the fourth thanks to a Kline sacrifice fly to cut the Rams' lead to 7-5.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Rams opened up a 10-5 lead after getting a Riabko RBI single, a RBI fielder's choice from Martin, and a throwing error on a ball hit by Lewis that allowed Riabko to score from second.
Nyack scored twice in the fifth inning on a Vazquez sacrifice fly and a dropped fly ball by Riakbo.
Freshman third baseman Meghan Loughery (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville Area) closed out the scoring with a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
Led by a 4-for-5 game from Riabko, Philadelphia outhit Nyack 12-7. Loughery added three hits.
Richards and Kline had two hits each for the Warriors.
Troisi earned her sixth win of the year (6-5) as she struck out six, and allowed seven runs—two earned—on seven hits in seven innings.
Kim Yano took the loss (0-13), giving up seven runs, three earned, in one-third of an inning.
Nyack was able to take a first-inning lead in the nightcap when freshman shortstop bobbled a ground ball off the bat of Tori Flemming that allowed Bailey to score.
The Nyack lead was short lived as Philadelphia came right back in the home half of the inning with a two-run home run by Karakera, her first collegiate home run, to grab a 2-1 lead.
The Rams extended the lead to 3-1 on a fielder error by Yano to let junior pitcher Samantha Abromavage (Lake Hopatcong, N.J./Jefferson Twp.) score from third.
The game remained 3-1 until the top of the fifth when Kline led the inning off with a solo homer to left to trim the Rams' advantage to 3-2.
Philadelphia exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out the contest. Freshman left fielder Shannon Weaver (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) recorded a two-run single and Riabko ended the game with a two-run triple to center field.
Riabko, Abromavage, Weaver, and sophomore catcher Mollie Burrell (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) all had two hits for the Rams, who had 14 as a team.
Nyack's Richard posted two hits in three at-bats.
Abromavage was the winning pitcher (5-2) as she fanned three and gave up two runs on seven hits over the five innings.
Flemming surrendered 10 runs on 14 hits in 4.1 innings in a losing effort.
Philadelphia heads to Chestnut Hill for a CACC doubleheader on Tuesday, April 22 at 3 p.m.