Stas homers twice, earns victory as softball splits with Dominican (N.Y.)

Stas homers twice, earns victory as softball splits with Dominican (N.Y.)

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia University sophomore Naomi Stas (Tuckerton, N.J./Pinelands Regional) hit her first two home runs of the season in game one and was the winning pitcher in game two as the Philadelphia University softball team earned a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) split with Dominican (N.Y.) College Monday afternoon. The Rams won game two by a 4-2 score and dropped the opener 7-5.

Stas picked up her seventh win of 2017, giving the Rams seven solid innings of four-hit ball and three strikeouts in the nightcap. At the plate, she was 1-for-3 and scored twice.

Dominican (11-10, 4-2 CACC) jumped out to a 2-0 advantage with a pair of first-inning runs. Elontay Collins opened the scoring with a RBI groundout to second that knocked in Samantha Fitzgerald—who singled to start the game. Emily Luzetsky recorded the second run, coming home on a Taylor Gilligan double.

Philadelphia (11-14, 6-4 CACC) got both runs back in the bottom half of the frame thanks to three Charger errors. Stas and Breck Urban (Mullica Hill, N.J./Paul VI) made it to second and third on back-to-back errors at the beginning of the inning. Two batters later, Stephanie Pepper (Toms River, N.J./Central Regional) hit a ground ball to third that ricocheted off of Gillgian's glove and made its way into left field. Stas and Urban both scored on the play.

In the fourth inning, Stas and Monica Levins (Norristown, Pa./Norristown Area) both singles and Urban reached on Dominican's fourth error of the game to load the bases with no outs. Pepper smacked a line drive into center field to bring home Stas for the go-ahead run. Jovanna Alfonsi (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) hit into a double play in the next at-bat, but was able to bring home Urban to make the score 4-2.

Stas locked up the victory as she retired the last 10 batters she faced.

After Dominican took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, Stas drilled the third pitch of the game from Desiree Joines over the left-center field fence for a game-tying solo home run.

One inning later, Stas gave Philadelphia a 4-1 advantage as she connected for a three-run home run over the left field fence. Urban and Emily Williams (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown West) were on base for the go-ahead homer.

The Chargers came back to take a one-run lead after scoring twice in the fourth and fifth innings. Jillian Regan cut the Philadelphia lead to one with a two-run double during the fourth inning. In the fifth, Collins and Gilligan produced back-to-back RBI singles.

Trailing 7-4 in the last of the seventh, Shannon Weaver (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) singled with one out to bring home Urban for the Rams' fifth run.

Dominican—led by two-hit games from Alexandria Ledgerwood, Collins, and Regan—outhit Philadelphia, 9-8. Levins, Weaver, and Stas all had two hits for the Rams.

Emily Larsen threw five innings of relief, striking out six and allowing one run on four hits, to earn the win. Pepper posted six strikeouts in a complete-game loss.

Philadelphia welcomes the University of the Sciences to the corner of School House Lane and Henry Avenue for a CACC doubleheader on Tuesday, April 4 at 3 p.m.