ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – A pair of big innings played a key role in the Philadelphia University softball team's sweep of Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opponent Nyack, 9-4 in eight innings and 8-0 in six innings, Friday afternoon.
Philadelphia improves to 10-14 overall, 7-3 against the CACC, and puts a stop to its three-game losing streak. Nyack is now 3-14 overall, 1-5 in conference play.
In the opener, Philadelphia snapped a 4-4 tie with five runs in the top of the eighth inning. Shannon Weaver (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) got the Rams' offense going as she reached base on an error with one away. Pinch hitter Erin Maher (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) immediately made the Warriors pay for the mistake with a double to plate Weaver and put Philadelphia ahead 5-4.
Stephanie Martin (Hanover, Md./Seton Keough) followed up with a double of her own to send Maher home and double the advantage. Another Nyack error, this one on a ball hit by Gianna Bliss (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville Area) with two down, allowed Martin to score the team's seventh run. Kasia Smith (Waddell, Ariz./Estrella Foothills) closed out the scoring with a two-run homer, her first of the season.
Samantha Abromavage (Lake Hopatcong, N.J./Jefferson Twp.) kept Nyack off the board in the bottom of the eighth to nail down the win. Abromavage entered the game in the sixth, and allowed one run on two hits, and improved to 4-5. Nicole Troisi (Norristown, Pa./Pope John Paul II) went the first six innings, posting four strikeouts and surrendering three runs on four hits.
Ashley Manger recorded one strikeout in eight innings and took the loss (1-6).
Martin led the Philadelphia 14-hit attack with three hits in four at-bats and knocked in two. Smith had two hits and three RBI, while Bliss recorded two bases hits and two RBI.
The Rams jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third thanks to an error, one of five committed by Nyack, on a Bliss grounder and a Smith triple. Nyack came back with a solo home run by Aferdita Sinanaj in the third and a bases loaded walk by Katalina Padilla in the fifth to knot the game at two.
Philadelphia reclaimed its two-run cushion on a Weaver RBI single and Martin ground out during the sixth. Meghan Richards sent the game to extra innings with a game-tying, two-run homer in the last of the seventh.
After scoring a single run in the first inning, the Philadelphia offense exploded for six runs in the second to storm out to a 7-0 advantage. Martin and Monica Levins (Norristown, Pa./Norristown Area) recorded RBI singles, while Abromavage and Smith both knocked in two runs. The Rams sent 11 batters to the plate during the second inning.
Mollie Burrell (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) brought the mercy rule into effect as she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth to push the margin to 8-0.
Smith, Philadelphia's game two starter, capped off a solid doubleheader with a complete-game two hitter. She recorded three strikeouts in her third win of the season (3-2). At the plate, Smith was 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Abromavage had two hits and two RBI and Martin added two hits and knocked in one.
Kelsey Lyons and Padilla had the Nyack hits. Kim Yano (2-7) surrendered eight runs on nine hits and fanned five in six innings.
Philadelphia returns home to face Molloy in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 4 at noon. Prior to the twinbill, Philadelphia University will host a memorial ceremony for former head coach Joe Long.