Stas, Heno lead softball to split at West Chester

Stas, Heno lead softball to split at West Chester

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Naomi Stas (Tuckerton, N.J./Pinelands Regional) turned in a tremendous performance in the pitching circle and Madison Heno (Houston, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) drove in the game-winning run in the seventh inning to give the Philadelphia University softball team a 2-1 game two victory over West Chester University on Sunday afternoon. In the opener, the Rams were unable to get a hit in an 8-0 six-inning loss.

Stas has continued her strong start to 2017 as she turned in a complete-game four-hitter to improve to 5-2. She didn't allow a hit until Sarah Walasavage singled with one out in the fourth to break up a perfect game up to that point. Stas—who has won each of her last three appearances—finished the game with a season-high nine strikeouts and no walks.

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Stas scored on a passed ball with two away to even the score. She started the inning with a double to left and moved over to third on a Heno sacrifice bunt.

Philadelphia (8-11) started the seventh inning with a Jovanna Alfonsi (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) base hit to left. Megan Letos (Bristow, Va./Stonewall Jackson) came in to run for Alfonsi and immediately swiped second base to get into scoring position. With one out in the inning, Stas struck out but made a break for first after Cat Hammer dropped the third strike. Letos went to third as Hammer's throw went to first to retire Stas. Heno put Philadelphia in the lead, driving an Ashley Flesch pitch to left and plating Letos. It was Heno's second hit of the game.

Stas and the Rams did have to work around a jam in the bottom of the seventh to get the win. Sara Ercolani and Hammer started the inning off with back-to-back singles. Alyssa Herion attempted to move the runners to second and third, but instead hit a ball right back to Stas who threw to third to cut down Ercolani for the first out. Then, Stas got Courtney Stump to ground into a 5-3 double play to end the game.

Hammer had two hits off of Stas, including a RBI single in the fourth to give West Chester (20-6) a 1-0 lead.

In the opening game, the Philadelphia bats were no-hit by West Chester hurler Amanada Houck. Houck walked one batter, Emily Williams () with one out in the fifth, and struck out seven. The Williams walk ended Houck's perfect game attempt.

West Chester took a 2-0 lead on a Hammer first-inning single. The gap widen to 7-0 as the Golden Rams scored three times in the second and two more times in the third. Heidi McCollester ended the game with a solo home run with two away in the sixth that made it an 8-0 game.

After playing three doubleheaders in three days, Philadelphia will get a day off before hosting East Stroudsburg in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, March 28 at 2:30 p.m.