CLERMONT, Fla. – The Philadelphia University softball team scored seven times in the fifth inning to defeat Franklin Pierce 11-3 in five during a rare tripleheader Wednesday in the PFX Spring Games. The Rams dropped a pair of six-inning games to California University of Pennsylvania, 10-2, and Augustana (S.D.), 10-0.
LilyAnn Yoakum (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) broke a three-all tie in the showdown against Franklin Pierce as she came through with a pinch-hit single to left field that scored Shannon Weaver (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) from third to make the score 4-3.
In the fifth, all nine Rams that came to the plate reached base safely as they were able to put the run rule into effect. Katelyn Stys (Chandler, Ariz./Corona del Sol) started the scoring as she stroked a bases-loaded, pinch-hit single to center to plate two runs. A Weaver double to left knocked in two more Rams and increased the gap to 8-3. Two batters later, Yoakum recorded a two-run double to put Philadelphia in double figures, 10-3. Stephanie Pepper (Toms River, N.J./Central) ended the game with the third extra-base hit of the inning, a double to left, to score Yoakum from second.
Led by three hits each from Pepper and Weaver, Philadelphia had a season-high 14 hits. Naomi Stas (Tuckerton, N.J./Pinelands Regional) and Yoakum both had two hits. Yoakum and Weaver drove in three runs a piece, and Pepper and Stys recorded two RBI.
Pepper earned the win as she turned in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief and struck out two.
For Franklin Pierce, Ashley Deyo was 2-for-2 with a RBI. Amelia Mamone fanned six in four innings.
The Rams overcame an early 1-0 deficit against California with single runs in the third and fourth innings. Philadelphia scored the tying run when California attempted to turn a double play, but an errant throw to first allowed Pepper to circle the bases. Weaver had the go-ahead single in the fourth to put Philadelphia up 2-1.
The Vulcans' offense took over in the fifth as California sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven times on eights hits to take an 8-2 lead. Jacquelyn Fowler had a bases-loaded triple and Courtney Sinclair added a two-out, two-run single.
California took advantage of two Philadelphia sixth-inning errors as they scored two times increase the lead to eight and enact the run rule.
Weaver had three of the Rams' five hits. Emily Price recorded three hits for California, while Fowler finished with five RBI.
In the final game of the day, the Rams got six hits off of Augustana's Maggie Dunnett. Jovanna Alfonsi (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) had two hits, while Breck Urban (Mullica Hill, N.J./Paul VI), Stas, Pepper, and Weaver all had one.
Augustana—who had 16 hits—took a 2-0 lead after one, doubled the lead with two runs in the fifth, and scored six times in the fifth. Shannon Petersen had four RBI, three on a bases-clearing double during the fifth inning. Kylie Rome went 4-for-4 and knocked in three.
Philadelphia closes out its Florida trip against Clarion and Kutztown on Thursday, March 16.